I want to use an outboard DAC for 2-channel CD playback with the Theta Carmen transport (digital direct into the processor for DVD). I've got a line on a McCormack DAC-1 Deluxe, which I demo'd and sounded great, but I was wondering if anyone out there has used any other outboard DACs in that price range, potentially with the Carmen, and what your thoughts are. Thanks.
I'm not sure if this will help you Dbw1, but I'm using a Theta Pearl transport with the Bel Canto DAC1.1 with very good results. The overall sound is huge, detailed and fast without being harsh. I like the combo a lot.