Higher End DACs

I am looking for a DAC (potentially streamer&DAC) to be paired in a mcintosh system (c1100/611). Its my first foray into digital streaming and I have no need for a CD player.

I see a lot of love for Esoteric, however, most seems to be around their transports? Are they not as renowned for pure digital streaming and/or standalone DACs? I see DCS (for instance) often referenced for standalone DACs - how does Esoteric compare?
Lumin and T+A dealer,

You've stated you opinion over and over and over.....we got it. Thank you!
Humans are 100% unfit for audio, but they even don’t know yet.
Most of us here are humans, I think. We’re mere mortals, so it may be difficult for us to accept the proclamations made by a superhuman, or god, or whatever it is that you’re trying to convince us you are.
When you hear the level we can create at this moment in digital audio, it will surpass all your ideas about music. For me, it is difficult to understand why humans all forgot to use a real foundation in all their choices in audio. 

When I talk with manufacturers about the way we work, they all agree that trial&error has no foundation at all. It also proves that the awareness of humans is so limited that they are not even able to become aware of themselves that trail&error has no foundation.

How it is even possible that humans forgot to think that when you want to understand audio you first need to learn to understand sound and music. When we talk to our clients about this, they all start to laugh. Now they all understand that trial&error was the main reason why they never could get their system right.
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