Aurender N10, Antipodes to a good DAC using USB.
Raspberry Pi with DietPi OS and Digione HAT board outputting S/PDIF to a good DAC.
Naim Atom - Fantastic Sound
Bluesound Node2 - see above
Oppo 205 - great product
all via dCS Bridge/Debussey/Rossini Clock/Ayre K3x
Don't hate me.. A Meridian Explorer 2 with MQA.. $199 at Amazon..
I currently own all three of these
Lumin S1 Streamer/DAC combo
PS Audio Directstream DAC w/Bridge II Card
Auralic Aires Mini Streamer/ DAC combo
Quad VA-One...EL84 Class A PP with Bluetooth,USB,Optical & Coaxial inputs...Compact,stunning build quality & wonderfully voiced...
I currently own
PS Audio DirectStream with Bridge II
Bel Canto Black EX DAC
I currently run
Antipodes DX3/Rowland Aeris DAC+PSU.
I heard the Border Patrol SE DAC at AXPONA. For its price point it sounded terrific. I don't recall the source being used, however.
NAD M51 $600-800 usd price. Excellent value. Frequently compared to Bryston bdp 2
Aune T1se tube dac. Very good value at 200.00 USD used price.
Bespoke Server build with Win10 Memory Player software suite -JRiver23 (fed by NAS with and ENO Ethernet filter block), feeding a Lampizator Golden Gate with superclocked USB. The MP suite come with clock mapping, auto-slot loading, IDEAS 1, 2 and 3, Stealth mode and tweaked MSConfig.
I also have a dual boot SSD alternative for Win2016 Server with AO, tweaked BIOS and MSconfig and using both Jriver 21 and Roon/HQP.
The fanless Server has lots of bespoke tweaks as well as all linear power supplies. I think I will also build a 2nd server with a Gamer mobo to further enhance the Roon/HQP interface.
Aries mini with 2TB flash drive into my Chord DSX 1000.
1) TotalDac with dCS bridge
2) Mytek Manhattan II with network bridge
3) Monarchy M24
These are my 3 favorites. I am not suggesting that the M24 is as good as the other two but it is not completely embarrassed either.
Modwright Oppo 205
Extremely musical and detailed.
Lumin U1 to PS Audio Direct Stream, via USB with Intona and iFi Micro, is the best I’ve heard so far.
Others I’ve heard:
Roon/ROCK on Intel NUCi5 > PS Audio DSD;
Synology NAS/Minimserver > PS Audio DSD;
Logitech Transporter > Audio Note DAC;
Squeezebox Touch > Audio Note DAC;
Mac Mini > Ayre QB-9
Transporter > AN 4.1 DAC is prob close behind the Lumin/DSD.
There are others I just don’t recall all the combos.
Resonessence Mirus Pro
My Wadia 9 classic decoding computer is a beast! Never heard anything like it.
Combined with Rasberry Pi 3b Moode 3.8 HAT Hifiberry digi+ Pro (modded) and the Lifatec ST Optical toslink cable :) Christmas has come early my Friends.
My old dac was also no slouch, The Theta Gen V-a with ST Optical input. And right behind it the Theta VIII series 3. I could happily live with either.
But the Wadia is on a different plane.
a little off the thread, but, has anyone tried the Aune B1 portable for use with a phone?
I have heard wonderful things about the Schitt, Naim Atom and Music Fidelity dacs / all in one components.
Auralic Aries (Femto) into a Lyngdorf TDAI 2170.
Aries Mini w/ Mytek Brooklyn DAC+
Above streamers w/ Wyred4Sound DAC2se
Try Mojo Audio Mystique
R-2R Ladder DAC
Aesthetix Pandora Eclipse!!
Moving from PS Audio Directstream to Lampizator Golden Gate..I never look back. Right now the weakest link might be the Auralic Aries.
Very happy with Mac Mini dedicated as a Roon server, HDMI out to Oppo 105.. Oppo balanced outs to Adcom/Pass 750, balanced out to ATI 4002 Signature, into Bryston Mini T's. Lots of bang for the buck, and the Oppo is awesome with Blue Ray and DVD movies. IMHO.
DAC: Totaldac Twelve SE
Streamer: (a) Innuos Zenith SE and (b) Totadac Server.
NAS: Innuos Zenith SE