Streamer and Dac ~$4.5k for Vinnie Rossi, Dynaudio system

Hello! I’m seeking input on a streamer and dac (separates or combined) to complement my Vinnie Rossi L2i integrated and Dynaudio Heritage speakers. My Naim Nova, which was replaced by the Vinnie Rossi, is currently serving as a streamer/dac through its pre-outs. 

I’m hoping to complement the tonal balance of my system: warm yet detailed, a dense midrange, a touch sweet/romantic, and a bit of heft/body. I’m also looking to keep this digital front end in place for a few years, with minimal upgrading except perhaps power supplies or maybe upgrading the streamer one rung up (eg pulse mini to pulse etc).

I’m likely looking to the used market or demo deals for the purchase(s). Through reading reviews and forum posts, I’ve come up with the following potential candidates as I’m unable to demo anything except rose streamers nearby:

  • Weiss 204 + Innuos Pulse Mini (or other entry-level streamer): this Dac seems to provide a dense and detailed sound with some lushness for good measure. 
  • Merason Dac1 MkI (not MkII) + Pulse Mini: I see merason paired with Vinnie Rossi in show reports, but not sure if this may be too rounded off on the high end based on what I’ve read. 
  • Lumin T3: likely the best value and seems to have a smooth and detailed sound.

Does anyone have any experience with the above or recommended alternatives that might mesh well with my current system? Thanks!


I didn’t know that Vinnie Rossi had two rooms: one with Merason and QLN and another with Mola Mola and YG. 

The one with Merason/QLN was not specifically a Vinnie Rossi room, it was Well Pleased Audio Vida, the distributor for the brands.



@cold_pillow have you considered the Moon 390? It  has a full pre amp section, plus a steamer.  It has a beautiful,  transparent sound w an amazing 10 year warranty. Very musical and smooth sounding. 

I have a VR L2 preamp with the big Harbeth speakers. In my system and room the more neutral DAC the better. I tried a Merason DAC1 MKII and found it to warm for me and there are other DACs with higher resolution/lower noisefloor. The Weiss 501 mkII was more like it to bring everything even and balanced. And the Lampizator sound works great too, IMO, and may for you as well, with the Dynaudio’s, as Lampi brings a nice vividness and right forwardness for speakers like ours, even as different as they are.