The SFD-2 DAC from Sonic Frontiers was a state of the art DAC back then. And typically, as with any state of the art gear, they still retain certain relevancy and competitiveness against today’s newer technology. Compared with our resident Esoteric P-03/D-03 combo, the Sonic Frontier’s SFT-1 transport and SFD-2 DAC was a tough challenger to the much more pricey combo from Esoteric. It may not have the same precise control over the musical details and notes as the D-03 but nevertheless, was still a very musical DAC that we enjoyed without worrying about the numbers game on the spec sheets between the two. For the difference in price between the two, the SFD-2 is like robbing the bank and still receive a friendly goodbye wave from security. Current tubes in there are Mullard E88CC tubes. The digital board inside this unit was upgraded to the MK.2 which was a $800 upgrade option.
Cosmetically, the unit looks really good. One previous owner since new. Minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping. See our other listing for the matching transport. Price and listing is for the SFD-2 DAC only.