Seeking A New DAC - Recommendations

Ho All:


I am ready to purchase a new DAC within the next several weeks. Budget is approximately $2K, but less would be great.

My preferred sound could be described as detailed and clean. I find sound referred to as warm or analog sounds dull and muddled to me.

Transport being utilized is an Audiolab 6000.

Recommendations? Thanks in advance!



Transport being utilized is an Audiolab 6000.


Huh? That is an integrated amp with Dac, not a transport.

For your preferred sound, I would recommend looking at Chord gear; maybe a Mojo or a Hugo 2? Their stuff tends to always be too 'dry' and analytical for my taste, but that might be right up your alley! 

+1 Chord, and the Gustard X26 would also be worth a good look.  Best of luck. 

Transport being utilized is an Audiolab 6000

Huh? That is an integrated amp with Dac, not a transport.


6000CDT is a transport

I guess that"s what I get with copy & Paste from your link. Its better and saves time keystrokes if you are accurate about the equipment you list

My Audiolab 6000CDT is used with a Denafrips Pontus II and I’m extremely happy with this pairing.  The Pontus is an R2R ladder DAC and has two modes: Oversampling and Non-Oversampling. I prefer NOS which produces a smoother, more natural sound where OS seems to have more detail.  I paid $1750 but the price fluctuates based on the USD to Singapore exchange rate. 

I recommend a Schiit Yggdrasil. I recently helped a friend get his first good DAC. I did a lot of research and bought a Schiit Gungnir multibit to test my hypothesis on Schiit’s value proposition (I use it for my office system). This unit confirmed it, my friend purchased the Yggdrasil. Highly recommended as a outstanding performer for its price. Detailed and very natural sounding.

I second the Schiit Yggdrasil , now in three different models and flavors.. 

Thanks for all the feedback thus far. appreciate it.