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    As the title; I want at least 2 digital RCA inputs.

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    Keep looking mate, Ive had mine over three years and cant recommend it enough.
    Paul

    Thorens TD 124, Thorens 12" Arm refurbished by Alfred, Shure M55, Denon 103r ,whest PS30R , Auditorium A23 Sony XA20 ES, Benchmark DAC 1 HDR, Elite Townsens 600c Pre,
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    I bought an Audiolab MDAC+ a few months ago and am selling as I'm moving to an all-in-one (Devialet Pro). It's got two coaxial inputs, loads of others, generally a superb DAC. It replaced a PS Audio PWD Mk2 that cost three times as much.

    Images here http://www.audiolab.co.uk/product-detail.php?pid=17

    Let me know if you are interested.
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    I'm using an Arcam irDAC 2 at the moment. Used to have a Benchmark DAC 1 HDR. The Arcam has all the functionality of the Benchmark (and more). 2 coax, 2 optical, USB, decent headphone amp, preamp function, variable output, remote control, DSD, 32bit, Bluetooth (if that's your thing).

    You can get one for 399 new so I expect a used one will be even more cost effective. The downside to the Arcam is is comes with a rather cheap SMPS. However I'm sure a decent linear PSU could also be had within the same budget as a used Benchmark.

    Sorry to distract from your wanted thread and pls ignore if it's not helpful but as I've owned both I thought I'd offer an alternative.
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    The multiple power supplies (as explained in the link) was the main reason for getting the MDAC+ and is the biggest improvement over the original MDAC, requiring a larger case. It is crazy that it only put up the price by 200, besides the other improvements. At 800 I think they got the pricing wrong.
    Aries - Devialet 250 Pro - Harbeth SHL5+ with a REL S/2
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    Thank you for the input, but I am holding out for a Benchmark. The alternative would be to build a 4 board DDDac, which would cost about 2000!

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    Quote Originally Posted by awkwardbydesign View Post
    Thank you for the input, but I am holding out for a Benchmark. The alternative would be to build a 4 board DDDac, which would cost about 2000!
    Fair call. Their ABH2 amp and the ADC are both meant to be equally superb, especially the amp.
    Aries - Devialet 250 Pro - Harbeth SHL5+ with a REL S/2
    Aries Mini - Audiolab M-One - Harbeth P3ESR

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