Uh. I can't believe it. The Pontus is KILLING what I thought was already the most lifelike DAC (AresII) I've yet to hear in my system. I'm not jumping the gun. I WILL wait two weeks and thrash the heck out of ALL the DACs I can put up against it. And I will have to settle down and take time to put my finger on exactly WHAT improvements are occurring, how significant they might be for different level systems (some might not get it!) and so on. What a ridiculously great improvement this is making to my streaming. Talk later. Going to listen for a long long while and then put some more words together. The Doc.