As you both have the Vega G2, I am wondering if you care to share your impressions. Specifically I am wondering how the Vega G2 compares to similarly priced DACs on the market. Without the addition of the Aries or Leo, is the Vega on its own a class leader? I have read a number of reviews, but I always prefer hearing from someone who actually paid for a unit, spent some time with it, etc. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Also quite curious is the headphone output is any good.
I received this feedback from a Roon forum user who compared the Vega and Chord Hugo 2…
“Having tried each they are both very good, the G2 has a more ‘analog’ sound which although I like on my main system I was not so impressed with on headphones, the Hugo2 is very impressive and still my preference for headphone listening, as a dac connected in my main system the G2 is better but by a very small margin, certainly not enough to justify the cost of changing. So I can say with certainty the G2 will be going back to the dealer and the Hugo2 will be staying, as an alternative I would suggest looking at Stax SR-009’s as for the cost of the Auralic they offer much more, the blow the G2 and the Hugo2 away.
For reference my main system is a Microrendu feeding Holo Spring L3 dac, Copland power amp and Sonus Faber Guarneri Evolution speakers, the Stax are connected via XLR to the Holo Spring dac. The Hugo2 was moved into this system for testing, the headphones were HiFi Man Edition X V2’s.”