Hello, curious on everyone’s thoughts. I’m still building my system. I came across a really good deal on a Meitner MA3 dac. It’s from an authorized dealer and they offered to sell me one NIB for 7k. I have read and read about dacs and I am getting tired. Haha. I really like the Denafrips Terminator 2, Holo and the lumin T3 being the cheapest of them all. Once I factor in a streamer I am already close or over the 7k. Also I don’t need a dac for anything other then just streaming. Thank you 


The DAC is the heard of a digital system.  I say it should be your most expensive piece of equipment in most systems.  I haven't heard the DAC you reference so I can't comment.  You'll get a lot of comments from guys that read a lot of reviews, thus items on stereophile's recommended list are presented like expert advice.

I am a big fan of Chord Dave (for reference).

I also like to separate streamer and DAC but I am a much bigger fan of a DAC with an onboard streamer than a streamer with an onboard DAC.  Sounds like this piece of equipment is built around a great DAC.  


Best if you listen with a MA3 in your system, either borrowed or purchased.  At the price offered you could sell it with little to no loss if needed.  I find special network gear upstream from the MA3 is not needed.  I think for better sound than an MA3 can deliver a DAC needs a ceramic analog board and will have a high price as a result.

Do an in home demo and let your ears tell you what to do.

One mans garbage is another mans gold.