MT, do you mean Project86? I never tried the PWD. (Read too many disappointed impressions to put it on my shopping list.)
The good thing with the PWD is that you get a new DAC with every firmware upgrade.
Intriguing. I had the Audiophilleo 2, as well as Gordon Rankin's Wavelink for a bit. No matter what I tried though, I couldn't get either of them to make a difference on my Antelope Zodiac. I even went so far as to get a friend help me do a blind test with his 009s. I wrote them off at the time as a Zodiac owner, but as an Invicta owner I can conceive that results may be different. Thx for sharing.
One thing about monitoring, one area where the Paradox does concede to a top flight phone is detail retrieval. For example, there's a song by Cat Power (can't remember which one right now [..damn..]) that has some sort of distortion artifact at one point in the song. I'm pretty well trained to hear it, because it's one of my favorite songs, and it bothered the hell out of me when I had top flight phones. It's less apparent on the Paradox. How do you account for that...
That is, unfortunately, not how it works. If I were you, I would start by filtering out DACs by feature set; then start collecting impressions on all that are left. Here are a couple of more names after the Anedio D2 to get you started:
NAD M51, Mytek Stereo 192, PWD 2, Zodiac Gold + PSU (also the Zodiac Silver)
A little while ago people were hot on the W4S DACs too.
Thanks -- by the way, here's what Mark told me when I was thinking of changing the fuse myself: "Yes, the fuses can be swapped easily to 115V by replacing the fuses and rotating the fuse holder..takes about 5 minutes."
I'm sure he can give you more detailed instructions.
I had blown fuse when I first received mine (bought it used and didn't really know what was wrong so to err on the side of caution I sent it into Mark to have it looked over, turned out to be just a blown fuse) -- as far as I know it's pretty easy to swap out, fuse compartment's on the back. I REALLY wish Mark would have a PDF up on the site of how to change the fuse out with pictures. Getting to the compartment isn't all that intuitive. Apologies that I cannot be of...