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Just some eye candy to keep things interesting:               That's the Cayin stack fed by HiFiMAN HM901S in the Dock (coax SPDIF out), or alternately by a MacBook Air running Audirvana+ (USB). Driving the ENIGMAcoustics Dharma or the HE1000, both with nice balanced cables from Effect Audio. Sounds fantastic!
  You're telling me! To be thorough, there's a LOT of listening to be done. Good for owner to have options but not so good for reviewers..... lots of fun though! 
 It's end game for me as far as SS amps go. Right up there with the HeadAmp GS-X mkII, Simaudio 430HA, and dual mono Questyle CMA800R. I have two of those three here now (and have had the other extensively) and V281 is definitely in the running for top honors. I agree with whoever it was that suggested upgrading the amp first and then maybe the DAC down the road. Or just spend time enjoying the V200 as it is still a very nice amp!
  That sums up my entire review so far! Just got the ENIGMAcoustics Dharma in, and it sounds great with the Cayin stack (slow filter, tube output, balanced output from the amp). 
Looks life a Trafomatic. They do all sorts of custom colors, which look surprisingly good (I'd be scared to order anything too bright but I do like the look in other rigs).
Nice little setup there! Small space. big power.    Make sure to try out a single ended cable as well, if possible. Each output has a slightly different feel due to output impedance changes (among other things). Kinda fun to have that variation even though I admit I like balanced the most in general.
  Nice! I use mine to this day despite owning many other. V3 is (or was) a solid performer and a great value. Hopefully the newer A3 is at least as good.
  Agreed, I'm not a fan at all. Maybe their new models with names of US cities will fare better?
  Hugo seems to have more perceived detail and overall higher resolution. It's also more forward as a result. Concero HD is somewhat more subdued and "musical", which works better with a wider variety of speakers... but when Hugo works - it works REALLY well. 
Yes, I did not take that as a negative review either, just a specific sound which may or may not be a good match based on a number of factors. 
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