Okay, I realize this question will require a subjective answer, nonetheless I am hoping to tap the experiential knowledge of the people who find themselves here in this forum.
I am not a current dCS customer, I am planning to replace my existing (and old) DAC in my primary listening system with a new one from dCS. Unfortunately, there are limited audition opportunities in my area so I am going to purchase one on the basis of the many reviews I’ve read. I am trying to decide between the following:
Bartok w/headphone amp + Rossini Clock
I get the headphone amp., which is not my primary listening mode but it’s nice to have the option when I feel like putting on the cans. I believe the addition of the clock will narrow the gap in performance with the straight Rossini.
I believe with this option I would perhaps get better sound but would lose the headphone amp/option. I would also get the latest 2.0 software which is certainly nice but I believe at some point that will be available on the Bartok as well and I’m thinking about this as a long-term play. It would be interesting to compare the Rossini pre-2.0 with the Bartok as a better apples-to-apples comparison to get a sense for how much the different HW platforms (vs SW) contribute to the difference in audio performance.
Anyway, these two options price out about the same so it’s really a question of how much of a gap in sound I would have should I want the headphone amp.
Opinions valued and welcome