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  I hope so, too, and am quite optimistic – after all if you need a pad exchange they have to be available, and nobody will insist that you have to be owner of the new version.
 That's a good example. I especially like the way DAVE reproduces electric guitars, distorted or not.
 Yes. Metal with its dense sound fabric benefits a lot from DAVE's high resolution and dynamics, orchestral music anyway. That said, the way it renders all the subtleties of a solo violin, saxophone or flute is equally outstanding. Generally DAVE's virtues are not restricted to certain genres, as I see it, but certainly to some degree dependent on the recording (quality).
 Analogue EQ? No way! – I do my equalizing before the DAC (in the X5 II or in foobar).   Make sure to have a large enough memory at your disposal!
 We've already been there. You can't take an obviously flawed recording as a guideline. For cases like this crossfeed can be disabled. To my ears DAVE's crossfeed is excellent – almost as good as my own.
 Apparently you haven't followed this thread very carefully – otherwise you wouldn't come up with something like this. DAVE has the best headphone amp you can get: none. No added distortion/coloration/signal rounding, a signal path as simple as possible for the highest possible signal purity. The DAC itself (more precisely: its line-out stage) drives the attached headphones – there's no additional amplification stage. Following Chord's design philosophy, realized already...
 I'm one of them. DAVE was the most expensive component of my audio career, but it's worth its price – I would buy it again. The sound it delivers is by far the best I've heard from any source. (Granted: I haven't heard any of today's high-end DACs.) If it really could be bettered in the next three of four years by a competitor's product (which I doubt in view of Chord's technological advance when it comes to DACs), that one will certainly cost at least the fourfold of it....
 Looking forward to it!  
 The term «line-out mode» is misleading. In fact it isn't a mode, just a volume preset (to ~3 volts at digital 0). Actually you don't need that «line-out mode» – just set the volume to light purple or the like manually, it will do the very same. That's the reason why you always get a signal through the line out, since it uses the same signal path as the headphone out (at least single ended). I never cared for the line out mode on my Hugo for listening to my electrostats,...
 I agree with this. I enjoy older or not so good recordings more with DAVE and its outstanding transparency as the latter helps with identifying distortions and noise and discriminating them from the musical information, which makes for a more relaxed listen (and maybe even reveals that the recording isn't that bad once you subtract the unwanted ingredients).
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