That's because it's about 20 years old... It sounded good in its time...
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A PS Audio/Meridian dealer I spoke to tried it using a Meridian G08 acting as a transport ie: digital/coax out to the PS Audio DAC. He prefers it over the Meridian G08 using its own internal DAC. Apparently the Meridian/PS Audio combo has more resolution....
I 'm thinking of pairing it with the Squeezebox SB3.
I finally have a chance to borrow a Digital Link 3 from a dealer to try it in my system. It is VERY VERY good for the money. The sound is warmer, more dynamic and sound stage is much better as well.
I can tell you that this DAC is better than the internal dac of a Krell SACD Standard and a Marantz SA11S1 which I own, that will tell you something!!!
I haven't bought one yet because the total cost of ownership will be double the cost of the DL3 itself as I will not skim on the accessory to go with this unit. (a good power cord, a good digital cable, one set of BDR cones and one BDR The Shelf, plus the space for it). Those extra will cost me $1000 easily.
This make me to buy a used Ayre C-5XE to see if it will stop me from going back to transport/dac combo. The Ayre will be here tomorrow.....
For the money its got to be as good as it gets. Most of what I have tried in this price range use ic in the signal path...the PS audio does not use op amps at all.
I use an all tube preamp, a tube amp, and the ps audio dac. Absolutely no ic in any of the circuits! The sound is open, organic, warm, and dynamic. If you have a truely high end system set up properly you will hear the difference between this dac and its competition. Best in class.