I was recently quite impressed after visiting my friend Pandy to listen to her stereo. She had the Direct Stream DAC and I really liked the warmth and timbre of piano which I feel most DACs don’t do well. But at $6K its not in my budget.
I’m considering two other more affordable PSaudio DACs. Stellar Gain Cell DAC or a Digital Link III. Which of these will have the warmer sound more like the Direct Stream DAC? What features am I giving up?
I’d also consider a B stock, open box, used, or refurbished Direct Stream DAC if I can get one for <$4K. Is there someone reputable who sells these?