Publisher's Choice Award in the Digital-to-Analogue Converter Category: Zanden Model 5000 Mk III ($10,000): The Zanden Model 5000 Mk III is such an excellent sounding D/A converter that it actually reduced my reference CD player, the Electrocompaniet EMC-1, into a mere transport (albeit an excellent one). I don't know if mere words can explain my gratitude to Mr. Yamada for making electronics in the manner in which he does. I've waited for this product a long time and finally I hear what everyone whose heard these tube dacs is talking about. In terms of analogue sounding digital, this is as close as I've heard.
Clement Perry, StereoTimes, December 2003