Check out Playback Designs MPS-5 Many feel it is the best one box CDP in audio today. I am sure you can here it at RMAF.
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Fplanner2000, take a look at my review here on the GON on the Accustic Arts Tube Hybrid Reference DAC that ranks among one of the finest musical sounding redbook DACS on the market, built with beautiful German craftsmenship, at half the cost of DACS it competes with sonicly. It's not inexpensive at $115000.00, but is still very reasonably priced compared to what the other highly regarded DACS cost.
Dude, you gotta put me on your payroll if you think $115,000.00 is reasonable, it sure ain't lunch money on my side of town !!!!!
If only those extra zeros could appear on my paycheck as easily :-P
Seriously though, Fplanner2000, around $20K you might find an Audionote DAC 5 Special on the used market.....jaw dropping would be a quite an understatement
09-17-08: CoolhandI think Teejay meant $11,500.
Nonetheless, that is a lot of scratch for this kid. If I sold every piece of audio equipment I own, I think I could pull it off. Wouldn't be able to listen to it, but it sure would make a statement in my empty room.
Check out the "Chord QBD76". As stated in of the audio sites -
"Chord Electronics has once again produced the world's most technologically advanced DAC. Building on the success of the DAC64, the QBD76 now takes D/A conversion to a new level of performance not available in any other product. In addition a unique Bluetooth digital audio receiver allows users to stream high quality music wirelessly from a Bluetooth enabled phone, PDA or PC. Instead of simply using the best off the shelf DAC chip, Chord designed their own using the newest Xilinx field programmable gate arrays. This state-of-the-art development platform provides Chord engineers with a staggering 1,250,000 logic gates with which to design their DAC. The best DAC chips available today use only 30,000 logic gates. Thus, with over 40 times the development power, Chord engineers were able to control every aspect of their DAC's design and performance. As a result, the QBD76 is capable of resolving 40dB more data. With its new design and updated WTA algorithm, the QBD76 achieves a signal to noise ratio greater than 120dB, a dynamic range of 122dB, and, remarkably, less than 3pS clock jitter cycle to cycle. The QBD76 has astounding resolving power and is better able to reconstruct transient edges. This results in substantial improvements in: timing, imaging, soundstage depth, pitch reproduction and bass definition.
Theoretically it seems perfect, but I've not heard it ... so if you are willing of taking the plunge .... this DAC would make "bit perfect" sense.