A British Audiophile
The Denafrips Ares 2 dac is as good as I’ve heard since the start of this channel, so what the heck could supplant that and take the top spot? We came up with the Holo Audio Spring 3 Level 2 which is for sale for 2649 euros directly from European distributor Magna Hifi or in the USA at Kitsune is our choice for THE BEST DAC OF 2021!!
It’s as equally impressively built as the Pontus and even though it’s a little cleaner sounding. It’s the great flexibility that the Holo Audio DAC has that gives the nod.
The Spring 3 Level 2 version comes with a remote control, but the real value kicks in or digital only users if you specify the excellent optional balanced analog preamp module for an additional 600 euros. It’s heavily based on the Holo Audio Serene preamp that retails in its right for 2849 euros.