"......The conclusion is: "The DAC-9 is one of the best performance/ratio D/A for hi-res audio. In fact, I’ve not given it an even higher score because I am sure Nuforce will outperform themselve.”
...Quality level: High; Score: 8.6 Price/performance: 9.6. "
"…There’s a signature sound to NuForce’s top-tier products: exquisite soundstaging, superb resolution, transparency, dynamics, and harmonic textures, to all of which the DAC-9 contributes substantially.
DAC-9 at $1695 approximate the price of the interconnects I removed to make way for a NuForce pair. I sacrificed nothing in the way of outcome. This NuForce ensemble raises a good recording to a more lifelike event than anything that’s preceded it…
...Along with its independent headphone amplifier with 6.3mm and 3.5mm output jacks, The DAC-9 accommodates all known digital sources and is configured to accept those that don’t as yet exist…in league with the CDP and its beefy linear DC power supply – a definite improvement over the provided power supply…The Auryn Quartet’s sound is meticulously detailed and diamond-bright…the DAC-9 so honestly reports, the Quartetto Italiano’s recordings show their age. The thing is, experiencing these distinctions as clearly as I did – and do – exemplifies our hobby’s rewards…"