DAC for second system

Putting together an office audio system; with space constraints ( not to mention cost).

Looking at R2R  NOS DACS; for an organic sounding system.

There are many threads on Border Patrol, MHDT, Lab 12 etc.  I see there is an upgraded ( as compared to earlier threads) Border Patrol SE-1.

Any listening perspectives on the upgraded model.

Any suggestions in the 2-3 K price point ( up to 5 if its really good ).



For office use, I think convenience and practical aspects are major. I would look into active speakers. I agree with Pontus (I have one), but I think it is overkill for office.  Dali or Bluesound speakers with a bluesound node will let your colleagues easily connect their Spotify or Apple accounts, so that all can contribute to the sound in the office. 

Get a Ladder. I just got mine today. Very impressed and it is not even run in yet.


Anything else is old news. Don't be living in the past man. 😀


My local dealer gave me his Watson Madison ( streamer plus DAC ) to try out in my main system.

Very simple design.

Very compact ,

Sounds great; huge soundstage.

Has anyone tried one?

Consider a Mojo Audio DAC. Call Benjamin. He'll answer.

30 day no obligation trial. He's discounting some items.

There are several reviews to check out.


Mopmerantz my home office system is primarily used to fill in the background of a normally boring day working though I listen to it 6-7 hours a day 5 days a week it gets used far more then my main system, being married with kids I could never ever get away with that .

The dac I use Gustard A-26 chip base is much lower in price then your budget though it’s not a r2r it’s brother the Gustard R-26 is I understand this model also is equal with performance way beyond its retail price .