Luxman DA-06 DAC vs Chord Qutest/Hugo 2


I'm hoping to hear your impressions comparing the Luxman DA-06 DAC with the Chord Qutest/Hugo 2. Thanks in advance.
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@shannere , you wrote this 2 years ago, and the DA-06 has been discontinued. Have you heard any rumours about any heir to it?

Any other thoughts on the comparison between the Luxman DA-06 and other DACs such as Chord Qutest/Hugo/TT or Denafrips Pontus 2 etc.? I may have the opportunity to pick one up.

I own the Chord QBD76 which is my reference DAC in the main system. It sounds very good and I love it a lot, so much that the power cord that’s connected to it actually costs more than the DAC, as silly as it may sound. I am aware the Luxman DA-06 will sound different, but will it sound significantly inferior in comparison to some of the good DACs costing up to say $2k? From the comments above the Luxman was said to lack detail and 3-d soundstage when compared to the Chord Hugo/Qutest. Is it a big difference? What are the strengths of the DA-06?

It doesn’t matter if the Luxman doesn’t sound as good as the Chord but it needs to perform to a certain level isn’t it? Otherwise any $500 DAC would do it.