An other suggestion for you. Instead of the DAC*IT, take a look at the Peachtree iDac. Here is a link to a 6moons review, speaking about both products. Jonathan Derda from Peachtree Audio; "Asked what he thought the hottest product in the line was and how the iDac and DAC•iT differed, Jonathan answered as follows: "iDac vs DAC•iT is linear vs. switching PSU, 32-bit 'ultra' vs. 24-bit Sabre DAC, the pure digital dock for the iDac and 450 parts vs. a much simpler topology. In our testing the pure DAC performance of the DAC•iT is superior to what is built into all of our integrated units except for the iNova which basically has the iDac built into it." The iDac was originally a $1,000 DAC. They go between $300-$400 used on eBay. I have an iDac, my friend is currently using it. Another suggestion, if you are not getting the bass you expect from the Halo, is to go for a separate power amp. Used iNova's go for about $100 more on eBay than iDac's. So instead of, just a DAC, you also have a Class A preamp, input selector and headphone amp. The iNova will give you the benefit of two analog inputs. Preamplifier Hybrid Tube Design Using Triode (Stereo 6n1p) 7.0V Output at 2.0V Input <1 Ohm at Output Stage Class A Output Stage Polypropylene Caps in the signal path Headphone Amplifier (Shared with the Pre-Out Stage) Suitable for All Electro-dynamic Headphones Output impedance: <1 Ohm Maximum Output Power:100Mw/8 Ohms/300Mw/150 Ohms/150Mw/300 Ohms Class A Output Stage 6N1P Vacuum Tube in Circuit Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) 6 Digital Inputs: 1 USB, 2 Coax, 2 Optical, 1 iPod Dock ESS 9016 Sabre DAC USB 24Bit/96kHz SPDIF 24Bit/192kHz 11 Regulated Power Supplies Class A Output Stage Transformer-Coupled Digital Inputs Galvanically Isolated USB Stage >122dB Signal to Noise Ratio without Tube <3 Picoseconds Jitter Measured at the Master Clock With the iNova as your DAC, you can choose any power amplifier you want and take the signal from the iNova's preamp outputs. I don't use the iNova's power amp, I use separate power amps (better bass ). John Darko did a review of the DAC*iT in Digital Audio Review. Here is a Yamaha article in Business Wire from 2013. FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ESS Technology, a leading provider of high performance audio/video solutions, today announces that the ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra 8-channel DAC and SABRE Premier 8-channel DAC are shipping in volume in Yamaha’s latest AVENTAGE series of network AV receivers including the RX-A3030, RX-A2030 and RX-A1030, all award winners in Japan’s prestigious 2013 Summer Visual Grand Prix (VGP), as well as the flagship CX-A5000 A/V pre-amplifier available in the USA (http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/aventage/cx-a5000_black_u/). Unlike conventional sigma-delta (ΣΔ) DACs, the ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DAC incorporates ESS’s innovative patented HyperStream™ circuits to deliver spectacular music with up to 128dB dynamic range and 0.0003% (-110dB) total harmonic distortion, free from clock jitter common in digital audio systems. The 32-bit HyperStream™ modulator is capable of 100% modulation and unconditional stability; the Revolver™ Dynamic Element Matching ensures performance over a wide dynamic range, while a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator removes the digital jitter that causes distortion. Robert Wong, vice-president of marketing and worldwide sales for ESS Technology, said, “We are thrilled that Yamaha has selected both the ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DAC and ES9006 SABRE Premier DAC for its latest AVENTAGE A/V receivers. To experience SABRESOUND™ on A/V receivers, audio enthusiasts have until now been limited to analog sources equipped with SABRED/A converters. By making the ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DAC and ES9006 SABRE Premier DAC the centerpiece of the system architecture, these new Yamaha receivers will enable audio enthusiasts to fully enjoy SABRESOUND™ from all digital and analog sources without any compromise.” Yamaha even coined the name "SABRESOUND". Maybe, you just need a new Yamaha .