New DAC! Meitner MA3, Denafrips Terminator Plus, Holo May KTE, Mola Mola Tambaqui

Currently have an original Schiit yggdrasil.  Thinking about taking another step up or maybe two steps!  Is the Holo May still good?  I know I hear a lot about Denafrips.  Then someone was mentioning Mola Mola. 

I like the idea of the i2s HDMI connection, I believe this is so I could have my DAC decode SACD versus a player. 

Also considering name brands dCS Lina, Meitner MA3, MSB?

Wilson Alexia V

Dan D'Agostino S250

Mac mini running Roon

Is anyone really winning in this space.  Tough for me to demo at home as I'm 2 hours from HiFi Shops and they are kind of limited in the direct to consumer DACs.

Thank you!


"Not sure I could get use to the look of the Chord Dave.." The Dave isn't for you and that's what makes this hobby so personal. 

@ricred1 I actually think it looks pretty cool and stands out especially with that curved eye for a display.  I grew up watching flight of the navigator and I'm pretty sure it was in that movie!  But I want my turntable to stand out and my DAC to be more of just a box!

I think with the MSB Discrete DAC if you purchase the Network Renderer module the DAC becomes a Roon endpoint.  Does anyone have experience using any MSB DAC as a Roon endpoint versus using a player and outputting digital to the MSB.


If you are in the market for a better DAC, I recommend that you do just that. Introducing additional components like a tube buffer also introduces another component and set of interconnects, with their associated signal degradation. The best sounding solution, assuming equal quality components is the fewest. Also, I think the least expensive.  

I would recommend finding the best quality DAC with the characteristics you value. It is likely to perform better overall.

Yes tube buffer idea only as secondary output feeds, more of a joke or future science project!  Future design XLR from DAC into Dan D'Agostino Momentum HD preamplifier to my amp.