There's something special about this little DAC with the new ROHM chip. I just replaced my Emotiva DC-1 with it, and I really like it. Forget today's hi-fi jargon and think about what we used to mean when we said high fidelity. The more I listen to my CDs with this thing the less I think about warmth or resolution, transparency or bass punch, soundstage or glare. Instead I keep finding myself thinking, "Wow! That viola sounds more like a real viola (not a low violin); that B-flat trumpet sounds more like a real B-flat trumpet (not a C trumpet)." Over and over, listening to CDs I've owned for decades, it just sounds more like I'm listening to real instruments and voices.