I currently have a PS Audio Digital Link III and really like it! I am using it with a Hiface and was curious if modding it with Stage IV would get me into the ballpark of that next level of sound. How does the modded DL III stack up against the Perfect Wave, Wyred 4 Sound, Bryston, etc?. I really like the sound characteristics of the PS Audio - clarity, bass impact and tightness (almost edgy), soundstaging and detail. I am affraid to go to a different brand in fear of losing those b/c every brand sounds different. I have used a friends Dac Magic and although it is really good for it's price it is a little duller and flatter to my taste.
What would be the best way to make use of my $$$? Mod the one I have, Perfect wave (b/c I like the PS Audio sound), or DAC2?
$900 to Mod
$2000 for Perfect Wave w/ the deal they have with trade in
$1500 for DAC2