I was perusing through the thread Schiit Audio CDT "URD" last night (OK...huh...CD transport from Schiit...is it here yet?...not on Schiit's site...but there's a teaser there in...) and in the thread there was talk of a new product, the SYN. Curious, I went to Schiit and indeed, found this... Schiit Audio: Audio Products Designed and Built in Texas and California (SYN UNIVERSAL SURROUND DAC/PREAMP/HEADPHONE AMP) My take: It's the second coming of Hafler ambience recovery/Dynaco Quadapter and more! Looks like Schiit is taking the ambiance from the stereo signal then pumps it through op-amps so one can fiddle with the width and presence. They keep the L and R, probably sum them to get C, provide a mono loss-pass filter (-3db @80Hz) for LFE, and the ambiance goes through the surr L & R. Oh yeah, they throw in a DAC so you can pump 14/44.1 to 32/384 PCM into it, provide a line-level RCA in, and a headphone amp. $399 USD. Interesting product; if I were a just two-channel and/or a Schiit gear (no pun intended) audio enthusiast and wanted some flexibility in trying to get surround sound out of my stereo signal, and a possibly decent PCM-only DAC...yeah, I'd try it. I'm too invested in my multi-channel already, so I'll pass. Looks pretty decent though.