The Ever-Expanding DSD DAC List
There are a few lists that I maintain for AudioStream including the ever-popular HD Download Sites and what began life on November 2, 2011 as "DSD-Ready DACs (A Short List)". At that time, there were four DACs from three companies including Playback Designs, EMM Labs, and the then lowest-priced contender the Mytek Digital Stereo 192-DSD DAC ($1,695). Today this list has grown to include some twenty eight companies.
You can see the updated DSD-Ready DACs list here where you'll also notice the now lowest-priced DSD-ready DAC has reached a new low with the Teac UD-501 ($849) which is currently here for review.
I view this ever-expanding list of DSD-capable DACs as good news for people who care about the quality of their listening experience since in my experience DSD simply sounds wonderful. DSD provides us with another source of great-sounding music. The next step in our DSD evolution will be, at least according to my crystal ball, even lower-priced DSD-ready DACs as well as more sources for more DSD music. It's these last pieces of the puzzle that will help broaden the appeal of the very appealing proposition that is DSD.