I would highly recommend the Schiit Bifrost DAC. Very good sound for around $500. Be sure to get the Gen2 USB and the Uber analog out. Stunning for the money.
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I've got the Bifrost and can tell you that running it with FLAC files is very noticeable (in a great way). However, I recently spent some time with a Chord Hugo and was amazed. There was a Chord Qute HD on here not long ago that is the same dac without the headphone side for $799. Well worth the money.
Thanks for the response. Will look into bifrost.
Chord is out of budget at the moment.
Only other viable options at the moment
seem to be the two concero models. Anyone uses them?
Regarding the system, I run PC(Source) - EMU Pro Audio DAC - DIY Class A solid state amp - Blumenhofer FS5 speakers. All cabling is WSS. I dont think i can change anything else in the system as i dont have the budget for it.
Here's another vote for the Bifrost + UBER analogue upgrade - but to give it
even more zing, get the v-link192 usb-spdif converter - it performs much
better than the Schiit USB interface.
Prior to the v-link I upgraded to the schiit usb-gen 2 upgrade, which was better
than the original USB, but even that did not perform as good as the v-link.
You can find the v-link on eBay for around $135
Schiit are however masters of D/A conversion and analogue output stages and
the Bifrost/v-link combo will challenge much higher priced DACs. The resulting
fidelity is as close to analogue as I have heard.
Using good cables - I.e. power, spdif and IC's, elevates the Bifrost's abilities to
extremely high levels of fidelity also.