Why do I prefer R2R over Chip based DAC's?

I have had a couple of mid to low priced DAC's. Schiit Modi, Schiit multibit in a card. Topping E30. all inexpensive I know. Am I not spending enough money? I have heard a Schiit Bifrost, I did like it. I am currently using a Topping Octo with the Schiit Midgard for headphones. This has been my best combination to date for a all in under $1000 us. The Octo has good instrument separation and the soundstage is expansive. The Octo does not have that harsh semblance I can not stand. What would be my next upgrade? 

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on a good hp setup i think you will definitely hear a difference when you go to better more resolving dacs than what you have tried thus far

You need to save up for a Wadax. That is the only chip-based DAC that sounds any good, and probably the only one you would prefer over R2R ones . 😉😁


I thought all DACs are chip-based. Are there ones with discreet circuitry like separate transistor/diode components? What is R2R DAC after all?