I know there are many options at various pricepoints, but I’m curious what folks have found that they enjoy. I had wanted to update from my 2013 Bel Canto C7R (up for grabs in Buy&Sell if you’re interested; great deal!), which actually has a modest footprint. The PS Audio Stellar Gain DAC/pre that I’m trying out is nice, but eats up more than twice the space on a crowded desk. Maybe a Chord Qutest? What’s north of that? (I know there’s the DAVE, but it looks hideous and I’m not looking to spend that much, even used). Honestly, will probably wind up selling the Stellar and going back to the Bel Canto, but was still curious … Mind you, I really only need a pure DAC (not even with a headphone out).
And now I realize there are probably several topics much like this … so forgive the redundancy.