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? 


The DACs you are looking at flavor one thing over another.  A true R2R DAC does not always sound better or more musical then a Chip designed DAC, that comes down to parts and design.  For your budget of $1000 you would be better off upgrading the DAC you like now with key parts.


Happy Listening.

@grinell why get a used MHDT when you can get a new Orchid for roughly $1,200 (what I spent a couple years ago)? I highly recommend it. Excellent DAC with a tube output stage.