If you are looking to improve the front end of your system an alternative to the Rega Dac is the Musical Fidelity M1 DAC.
It has less inputs than the Rega (offering 1 optical input, 1 coaxial input, 1 AES/EBU input and a USB input), but to be fair it is £100.00 less than the Rega. However, it does offer balanced outputs which the Rega does not.
The M1 Dac sounds fantastic on the end of a Sonos ZP90 and will offer improvement to most CD players in the sub £999.00 price bracket. Connect a PC or Mac via the USB input and streaming music has never been easier.
The Musical Fidelity is incredibly detailed and lively sounding, offering lots of textures and pulling detail out of music you wouldn’t think possible. If you systems tonal balance is smooth and laid back and you are wanting to inject some energy into your system the M1 Dac could be just the ticket.
As with all good hi-fi, it’s about getting the balance right, just like the Rega Dac, the M1 Dac is brilliant bit of kit……..in the right system.