Denafrips Pontus II 12th VS Gustard R 26

Im upgrading DACs and am down to the Denafrips and the Gustard DACs.. I have not listened to either so I need your help. Please share any thoughts you might have about the Pontus II 12th VS the Gustard R 26 . I would be very grateful for your thoughts!


I was about to buy Pontus II 12th and then I saw reviews for R26. So I got stuck. Now there is a firmware update for Pontus II 12th a.e. and it would be nice to see comparison between Pontus with this new firmware with R26. Some say this firmware really elevates the sound quality. So I'm again stuck. If I could somehow have both on test at the same time, this would be ideal. But that's not going to happen. :-)

I’m in a similar position - trying to decide between the two. Such is the nature of buying Chinese-sourced DACs that comparisons are very tricky.

My current DAC is embedded in my Hegel H390. By all accounts it’s a pretty decent unit - I’ve read it’s equivalent to $1k (Qutest territory).

Musically, I prefer a rich mid-range over absolute detail. I’m not that bothered, tbh, about sound-staging.  

From what I've read I suspect the Denafrips will probably favour me.  If so, do I go for the Pontus at 1700, or the Venus at 2900 ?

Thanks for the responses. Im not looking for a Unit with a Streamer. Im looking for a Unit that provides the most Information and Sounds the best. Of course its in the eye (Ear) of the listener


Thanks Again!

I believe Gustard is coming out with an R26 without the streamer soon so might be worth looking into.