I’d like to try to trigger @tedsmith (but all others also welcome) for his opinion on this topic:
It seems that many of the leading engineers use the Pacific Microsonics Model Two recorder/DAC.
They use it for recording (like Keith O. Johnson for current Reference Recordings albums which mark together with others the peak of today’s recording technology) and they use it for playing back the files for cutting digitally sourced vinyl.
It is ~15 years old, has the reputation of still being the best or one of the best DAC‘s on earth and it is indeed used by many recording/mastering/cutting legends (ok, Octave Records might use the DS DAC )
Everyone knows what we usually think of 15 year old digital technology. This DAC cost 20k at the time and can be bought for around 5k today.
I noticed more than once, that recording/mastering professionals nearly completely ignore digital products we consumers count as sota. The ones they mention as leading are mostly not known to consumers.
What the heck does this mean?
Are the professionals ignorant as many of them are about the importance of cabling etc.?
Are the consumers and audio press clueless and ignorant about the really leading technology?
How is it possible that a 15 year old recorder/DAC like the P M Model 2 is the basis for today’s best source media and for vinyl from digital which is not rarely better sounding than the original files played by today’s leading consumer DAC‘s?