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? 


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.

I have heard many within the last 2 years the T+A

200 dac retail $6200 can meet or beat Any dac up to $15k

Or more ,read reviews then get a demo ,many dealers will send you 

One to buy before you buy.


-2.6 Ferrum Wandla - HR competes w 10k DACs

+1.2 HYPSOS power supply

3.0 Musician Aquarius - sounds like a $5k DAC

4.3 Denafrips Terminator [BNC in, XLR out](But USB in best per AudioBacon)

4.5 Wired4Sound DAC-2v2SE

-5.0 Audio-GD R7HE MK2

5.6 Kitsune Hifi May-KTE.

*6.6 Lampizator Baltic 4 (punches way above price point- beats KTE).

-6.8 Bel Canto Ex1 DAC (Transparent)

-7.1 T+A DAC200

7.3 Lampizator Golden Atlantic TRP,


8.0 Legacy Wavelet II processor +$200 custom speaker

10.5 Meitner’s MA 3.

12.0 Mojo Mystique Pro (max 24/192)

*12.0 Rockna Wavedream EditionSignature DAC balanced

-13.4 Mola Mola’s Tambaqui

15.0 APL Hi-FI DSD-SR mk2 (most analog, unique sound)

I picked up the streamer+DAC Linn Klimax DSM/2 w Organik DAC card upgrade because it seemed like a sonic bargain compared to the best DACs.