Have it modded by Stan Warren of supermods. And it will be better than anything you can buy for $1000.00. I believe it would cost about $160.00 to have done. Supermods # is 541-344-3696.
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I had a modified Link DAC and tried an Electronic Visionary Systems Millennium DAC(www.tweakaudio.com). I sold the MSB immediately and haven't looked back. Significant improvements in transparency, dynamics, and soundstage. Try the Millennium DAC II for $1050, and if it doesn't trounce the Link simply send it back, but I doubt you will. Best of luck.
I was using Dacs in this range and then got a great deal on a Muse Model 296 (they were just discontinued). It is a huge step up from any of these $1000 or so DACs (it was $3500) and uses more up to date technology than any of these others - it uses the same Burr-Brown 24 bit chip as the EVS, but 4 in a push-pull instead of just 2 and instead of the stock crystal upsampler/jitter remover it has a much better DSP section. You can find one for $1200-1500 but it is a DAC you can live with forever (or at least that's the way I feel about it).
Fineberg, there are benefits to going push-pull and there are drawbacks. While one type of distortion is reduced due to increased linearity and cancellation, another is increased due to "crossing over". One could "piggyback" two dac chips per channel ( 4 total ) and lower ALL of the distortions involved. This approach also keeps the support circuitry simpler. There are a few manufacturers using this approach with good success. I've found that using high grade parts in simple circuits with less filtering is the way to go with DAC's. This approach retains more of the natural "liquidity" of recordings while minimizing the "soul-less" / "over-processed" sound that most digital is known for. Then again, almost ANY design can work well if it is carefully planned out, uses high quality parts and is properly implemented. The Muse is probably one of those type of designs. Sean