Soon to be released Nuprime Evolution DAC.
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The Mytek Brooklyn is the closest to the Liberty I have heard. What I've written about a great deal here is how good it sounds with Redbook.
Before this generation of DAC's (which I aslo include Schiit) there was a really wide performance difference between hi res and Redbook. We attributed it usually to the format, but the Brooklyn and Schiit really make you question that assumption. They do really an awesome job with Redbook to the point of not making hi rez a necessity anymore.
Here is a thought: Stick to Stereophiles A+ list.
These are all within reach especially if you consider used. All are good. All could be resold fairly easily. Benchmark, Exasound and Mytek are more pro studio sounding (front row seat attention grabbing detail). Some of the others will tend to be more laid back (row 5-10 and consequently more soundstage depth). All are good (A+) and only your taste will determine what works better for you.
Benchmark DAC 3
Bryston BDA 3
Mytek Manhattan II
PS PW Directstream
T+A DAC 8
there are so many combinations soundwise, it will keep you so busy you won't think about another dac.
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I can't compare to your current DAC or any that you listed, but I do have a Mytek Liberty and am quite happy with it. It's in my 2nd system feeding a Heed Elixir integrated amp. The source is my PC via USB (it's an old Dell XPS system, no special sound card or anything else in the chain). It's very neutral and detailed.
I tried it in my main system in place of my Auralic Vega and quickly switched back to the Vega which has a more refined and "analog" sound that is easier to listen to.
I like that the Liberty does MQA and can't really find any fault with it, other than that it might be a little "clinical" but it's not in the same league as the Vega.
The Liberty bests my Wyred 4 Sound DAC 2. The DAC in my Sony TA-ZH1ES headphone amplifier is a little more refined than the Liberty.
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