“Despite being significantly more affordable than most on that list, I’d place the Stack Audio Link II close to the very top of the heap. It unleashes the clarity and transparency I’ve come to expect from my reference DAC, without the somewhat thin, wispy feel I hear from the Dell.
It offers subjectively stunning good looks and objectively robust build quality. More importantly, it gives some of the most satisfying sound quality I’ve heard in my system. And it reminds us that some high-end DACs – like the Resonessence Labs – can benefit from better streaming source quality. Factor in the impressive Digital Detox functionality which permits integration of less capable streaming hardware and we have streaming Future-Fi writ large.”