This is not a price territory that I tend to occupy but when UK distributers “Kog Audio” demonstrated the Exogal Comet DAC to me I simply had to take it on as it produced such a wonderful sound which was way way out of step with its modest pricetag.
Be prepared to be shocked at what this little power house can do and just how close it can get to the £8000+ super league DACs I usually sell from the likes of Vitus and Allnic. Partner this with an Aurender streamer or a good transport and the results are quite astounding for the money. Like all Lotus products, you can expect an unanalaytical sound, a natural and deeply satisfying musical whole which is replete with vitality. The Comet delivers long term listening pleasure and perhaps uniquely at this sort of pricepoint, is refreshingly divorced from a sense of hifi and the associated gremlins of lower cost digital reproduction.
Exogal was founded in 2013 by audio industry veterans who worked for the some of the biggest names in the industry. The founders, Jim Kinne, Larry Jacoby, Jeff Haagenstad and Jan Larsen have taken their collective learning from their 20+ years and have set out to create products that are “out of this galaxy.”
Their first product the Comet DAC is a true giant killer approach with huge specification and flexibility and wonderfully natural, open, analogue sound which gets scarily close to the £8000+ DAC’s I sell here. With a digital volume control, headphone socket, DSD, USB AES/EBU SPDIF Toslink & USB digital inputs, analogue input, single ended and balanced output, smart phone control and optional Power Supply upgrade the designers have packed an awful lot into this modern package that is most definitely ‘of the moment’.