I know the “best…” is very subjective but this is me trying to find out what would be the best DAC options to connect an Audio PC (with AEC CD’s and HD flac files) to my Primare i32. The speakers are Proac Studio 140 with QED Sig. Revelation cables.
I’ve been reading a lot about DAC and I can find lots of things in different price levels. I think my big question is. What price level should I go? Once I decide about the price level then I have what model/brand, but that’s another story. I know Primare will produce a Digital Media extension for Primare i32 but I have no idea when, cost and if is good for PC.
Not sure if I will ever buy a CD player like Primare CD32. I prefer the a PC to a CDP. Now, the other question. Will a DAC sound as good as Primare CD32?
NOTE: I live in a small place and can’t test/try stuff. I have to buy these things through internet (I know that to be able to go to a store and try things is a must but I just can’t do it. Nowhere to go).
Here are some examples of DAC I’ve been reading about.
Some prices my not be correct and some of DAC are older, It’s just a reference. If you know others, please tell/advice.
Berkeley AlphaDAC ($ 5000)
Bel Canto_DAC3 (USD $ 2495)
Grace m903 (USD $ 1700/1800)
Stello DA220MK2 (USD $ 1650)
Wyred4Sound DAC-2 (USD $ 1499)
Lavry Engineering DA11 (USD $ 1480)
Bryston BDA 1 (USD $ 1995)
AQVOX_USB2DAMKII (Euro 998)
BenchmarkDAC1 (USD $ 975)
Any feedback is more than welcome