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I guess complexity is in the eye of the beholder (and the angle of the photo for that matter). But here are a few shots to show the relative simplicity of the things I mentioned.     KGSShv (this is the special Carbon CC version). Look at all that empty space! I expect more for my $5600!       Pass HPA-1. Nothing too amazing here. You could fit a bunch more components on that PCB!     Berkeley Alpha Reference. There's hardly anything there!     GSX MK2....
My apologies, I haven't been keeping up with this thread. Just wanted to chime in with a few thoughts.     First, let's be very careful not to conflate the perceived complexity of the design with the actual resulting sound quality. This is a bad idea for a number of reasons. Just because something looks densely packed with parts does not necessarily make it a good design. Conversely, something that appears sparse or overly simplistic may have an absurd amount of...
 I can't speak for the exact time frame but I will say that what I heard from the X-Server prototype was damn impressive. I then heard the X-Sabre 2 with it, and it was even better, though not by a huge margin.  Last word I got was that Matrix wanted 2 versions of the Server - a standard model with the ES9028, and a "Pro" model with the ES9038 and Femto clocks. But I don't know how their plans may have evolved since then. Either way I'm excited about it based on my...
  Good choice! It's a very capable modern DAC that has all the bells and whistles like DSD etc, but can also give you a rich, mellow tone if you want it. I hope you enjoy.
I really like the iDAC-6 - see review here.   It's relaxed as in a smoother, less piercing treble presentation. Not terribly rolled off like some NOS DACs I've owned. I like it a lot. 
 DSD files must be purchased from somewhere like NativeDSD.com or 2L Records, etc. Tidal doesn't stream them. And you'll need USB connection as DSD doesn't really work with optical or coaxial - not enough bandwidth for it. I hear the NOS19 as being sort of relaxed on the top end, with a thicker overall sound. Perhaps not as impactful in the bass region compared to the Yulong D18, but not overly mushy either. I haven't actually heard the regular DAC 19, just the NOS 19, so...
D18 is getting old by now, not sure they still make them any longer. Still a great sound if you want something darker, warmer, more full bodied, but it is lacking some modern options if that matters to you (like USB and DSD capabilities for example).   If you want smooth for a more current DAC, you could go for the Cayin iDAC-6 which has a tube buffer and adjustable digital filters. That DAC can sound smooth and warm or neutral if you choose solid-state mode and certain...
   I sometimes use Concero HD with a pair of Adam Audio monitors. It works quite well. 
 I really enjoyed it with HD800 and LCD-3 (sorry, no LCD XC). It's great to be able to tune it as your mood changes - go solid state mode for clarity on excellent recordings, or tube mode with XBass turned on if you want a fun, less accurate presentation. 
My experience with DACs is that they make a more subtle difference than swapping out headphone amps. I think that difference can still be very worthwhile in the long run, but I also wouldn't fault somebody who spent a bunch of money on a nice DAC and feels underwhelmed by the difference (or lack of difference) they initially hear.    It doesn't help that price isn't necessarily a good indicated of quality on a DAC. Nor is popularity. Like everything else around here,...
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