I am putting together a small system in my office. Triode (Japan) TRV-6PL running 6L6’s in triode @12wpc, ZU Audio Omen MKII, Tidal stream as only source.
I have an OPPO HA-1 that has been serving as DAC/Pre. The display has failed, instead of sending it to OPPO (they still service gear) I have decided to look at other options. Truth be told I also found the HA-1 to be a little “bright” even with the tube amp
Looking for a DAC/Pre, no need for a headphone amp but will not discount if unit has one. Needs to fit in a relatively small space witch eliminates Stellar Gain Cell (love my DSJ & P12) just wont fit. Space is 9x4x14 (w,h,d) I am well versed on the Mytek and Benchmark options and am looking for other suggestions you may have experience with.24/192 & DSD 128 is a must, MQA nice but not a deal breaker.
Looked at an exa E32 and loved it but I am really firm with a $2,000 budget. Also demo’d M2Tech Young DSD and LPS in budget, but lacked “punch” and was a little too soft on the top.
I am open to all suggestions, Thank you for taking the time to review my post and thanks in advance for any responses.