This is one of the greatest CD transport and DAC combo out there. As a combo, they were the flag bearer for EMM Labs but the real star of the show is the DAC-2X. Its a much improved version over the original DAC-2 with many improvements made internally. From the digital section to the analog section to the power supply, everything was re-designed for the “X” version. The USB input now supports DSD for those who are into computer audio. In fact, the improvements was so good that many reviewers and users crown it as the best DAC in the World. The transport is solidly built with a very sturdy tray that ensures CD rotation is kept precise and accurate. The combo, in our opinion will stand its own against the likes of dCS, Esoteric and Burmester which can cost much more. At this top level of performance, you can’t do any wrong choosing amongst this limited celebrated bunch of high end manufacturers. So it all boils down to your personal taste and preference.
Cosmetically, the units look really good with just minor scuff marks from use. They will be securely packed into two boxes for shipping.