Best DAC’S $5k to $15k

I have Chord Mscaler and TT2 and it’s very good. I’ve been considering the DAVE. Any recommendations? 


We are so close to Munich HiFi 2024. You might want to wait and see what new DAC might be released during that show.

My two cents:  I tried the TT2 (without the M-Scaler) vs the T+A DAC 200 in my system and preferred the T+A.  The Chord was a bit lean in comparison.  The Dave and Tambaqui are obviously on another level price-wise and I'm sure performance-wise.

Depends on what sound you are looking for of course. I personally prefer the sound  of R2R ladder DACs, and the Denafrips Terminator Plus 12th is the best out there. All the traits you want from a game changing DAC, but with a more “analog” prest

My pal with his end kit prefers his Holo May KTE DAC to his combo Chord Dave and M-Scaler, the latter of which he sold and is extremely happy with the upgrade.  Don Sachs is ecstatic with the sound of his Lampizator DAC, as close as you can get to analogue SQ in the digital realm.  The Lampi's I have heard at audio shows have been astonishing.