Thanks for an interest in post. You included some gear I will certainly never see or hear.
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Hi from down under. Loved your subjective rating system. I too started with a Garrard turntable, a tangential tracking one with a Shure cartridge in the 70s and went through several turntable upgrades until my Linn LP12 and sold this in 1990 when it was hard to buy vinyl. Have been through many DACs and heard several of the ones you listed. I sold my Weiss DAC 202 18 mths ago after 2 years of trialing and settled on the Mola Mola Makua DAC and it provided a way more relaxed sound than the DAVE but very transparent and dynamic.
Since buying the Mola Mola I have had several friends who also compared the DAVE and bought the Mola Mola. Cost is under $20k. I recommend you talk to the USA distributor Bill Parish, who loant one to a friend of mine in LA and he was gob smacked and bought it. I recommend the Makua version over the Tambaqui stand alone DAC with digital volume control. I find the Makua is just a little more relaxing. Cheers Mark
I am very interested by a critical evaluation of the Starting Point System Dac NOS tda 1543...
Most people dont have the money to buy a very costly one and are interested to look for decent one...I think that at his price the S.P.S. is a miracle for peanuts...The designer Christophe Mariac sell it on Ebay with a thousand positive reviews...The main point of interest for you is a selling point in dollars around 200 hundred bucks, easy to resell, and perhaps you will be surprized, and you will help the crowd that look for a good low cost dac, a very rare animal indeed...I am pleased to own one...The reason for the high quality of this dac I was able to pinpoint is the minimalistic implementation of the TDS 1543 chip and the internal battery that lower the noise level...
I would love to read your impression...If they are relatively positive that must help many people in my situation with not the money to go top of the chain... Anyway thanks for this interesting thread...
Starting Point System Dac NOS tda appears to be good value from other people’s review.
It will be possible to make nice dac under 1k$.
I had auditioned Dac over 7k$ to upgrade from EMMbal Dac2 which was one of the best Dac 10 years ago at 9k$. Thus I did not audition possibly many good ones including Denafris Terminator.
If your other components are not very top quality, then you do not need to spend more than 5k$ on Dac.
Also choice of audio component is dependent on system and personal taste.
Thus some people prefer Lampiziator Pacific Dac to MSB Select II even with huge price difference.