R to r dacs


I was completely taken by the sq of the Aqua hi fi la scala dac during a demo.  Even with a discount the price is out of budget and would have to add a streamer as well
I have been following multiple impressions of direct to consumer units such as Denefrips pontus, audio gd 7 and Holo May.  Anyone with experience with the Aqua hi fi and the subsequent dacs?
TIA

tennisdoc56
With your budget I'd go with Soekris 2541 Dac
Another Denafrips fan here. I started with the Terminator with upgraded DSP board, then added the Gaia DDC. The DAC by itself was excellent, but adding the Gaia with an i2s connection to the DAC was a VERY meaningful improvement. I've since traded my Terminator for a Terminator Plus which takes it up another notch. 

I think the Pontus II would be a great option, particularly since you can get a nice performance boost down the road by adding an Iris or Gaia DDC. 


Soekris 2541
these have been sold out at mod house audio USA for about a year now, without update or info on future stocking.
Soekris 2541
these have been sold out at mod house audio USA for about a year now, without update or info on future stocking.


Covid stopped me from exporting, last one I sent took 3mts to get there.
Maybe you can special order direct, or try ringing Modhouse

Cheers George
Thanks for the support, guys!
Getting the DENAFRIPS Pontus II DAC shipped real soon... :)

Many thanks.

Alvin @ Vinshine Audio