I am waiting for my Pass Labs int-250 to be built. Does anyone have any good ideas for digital Streamer/DAC? I am currently using Chord Quest/Bluos Vault 2i but would like to have balanced outputs to take advantage of the gain the amp supports.I am hoping the upgrade from Parasound A21+ to Pass Labs int-250will be an end of game amplifier. I would like to bro the same for digital front end as well. Thanks in advance.
Welcome Richard! I’m biased but I’m a big fan of Lumin gear. I have a T2 (which has balanced outputs) which sounds really fantastic, and is a rock solid Roon endpoint. Can’t recommend it highly enough - it isn’t cheap but never regretted it. (new T3 is the current version but not sure there is a massive difference in SQ, so you might be able to snag a T2 at a considerable discount). A bonus is that one of Lumin’s senior people is very active on these forums and has provided great assistance to users.
thanks so much for your thoughts. I’m leaning that way
I highly recommend the ARCAM ST60. I am using it as a digital preamplifier via the XLR outputs with a pair of the ultra revealing of everything upstream Apogee Scintilla.
That lovely piece of kit might just have some great synergy with the Lumin
Don’t know where you’re located but perhaps call Upscale, their service is top notch and test period / return policy is quite fair imo.