Who Are Your Favorite DAC Designers?


Jan 19, 2019
FL Panhandle
I’m really enjoying our EMM DA2V2 DAC. It is excellent. It bested everything we heard when we purchased it sometime back.

But we will probably be upgrading either to a Lampi Horizon or Ideon Absolute E + Time. So, far the Ideon is in our top spot. But the Horizon will be here soon for a demo.
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Feb 8, 2022
As someone who has owned a lot of DACs over the past 30 years, beginning with Theta Digital and going over numerous other ones (dCS, Esoteric etc.), and now having half a dozen DACs in the house, I have learned that I need to have multiple references to calibrate my ears on their colorations. Every DAC is colored in some way, but you can’t hear its colorations if that’s the only DAC you listen to. It’s like listening to only loudspeaker. You don’t hear its colorations because you listen to it each day and you get used to the way it sounds.


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Feb 4, 2011
Alpharetta, Georgia
Great replies here. Let’s not forget John Siau at Benchmark who creates innovation on a tight cost frame.

Or Andy McHarg and Chris Hales who did an amazing job on the Apex upgrades at dCS.


Industry Expert
May 29, 2018
That is an easy one for me! In tube based circuits, Lukasz of Lampizator and for solid-state Omata San of Sforzato. As soon as Sforzato completes their latest series of updates I expect them to be ready to take on the big boys at a more approachable price. I have experienced Sforzato's $20k two-box DAC/Clock solution and next to the Lampizator Horizon I have not heard better digital replay.
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