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  I use an Aurender X100L and it works perfectly with Invicta Mirus. I would assume that translates to Invicta (non Mirus) and N100s pairing just as well. Interestingly, the Concero products don't get on very well with the X100L, but my Mirus and the original Invicta before that are good.  Btw the recent Aurender update which added Tidal/Wimp integration are excellent! It's not perfect yet, still in beta, but already I love it. Prior to that I was streaming Tidal via...
  Yes, lots of factors go into our opinions (mine included). Some people have a special "thing" for the ESS chips, being overly positive or overly negative based on reputation. I recall similar for Wolfson not long ago - "Wolfson is always smooth" said the masses, not realizing how many other factors go into determining the final sound sig. Before that it was Burr-Brown having a certain sound no matter what. I typically dismiss anyone who thinks like that as being too...
Good questions! Let's see....   *"Warm but resolving" is difficult to define, as your version of "warm" may not be the same as mine. All I can say is that the Mirus seems (again, to my ears) like the closest approximation to live music I've encountered. The experience of real instruments played in the room with you is NOT the thin, ethereal, wispy sound we in audiophile land sometimes make it out to be. An uber detailed, analytical, sterile system (maybe with an HD800...
  That Rega DAC is either warm/musical or slow/muffled depending on your point of view.... John Atkinson of Stereophile used the term "ponderous" and I find it apt. Personally I find it fun for a quick listen but not enjoyable long term. 
  Sure, I use DA8 often. It pairs well with the V281 - clean, dynamic, very "analog" sounding combo. I push the volume knob to deactivate the preamp option of the DA8 and handle everything on the V281. And I use balanced connection between the two devices because... why not? 
  If you are in the USA, go HERE and choose your options. Then wait for Arthur to contact you - it's that simple!
Sorry everyone, I'm just way backed up on reviews. Still very much impressed by the V281 though! I'll get around to the full review once I'm caught up. I happen to have here the review loaner with the motorized Alps volume, sitting along side my own unit (that I ordered after falling in love with the loaner) with the maxxed out volume upgrade. I'm trying to nail down the differences and see how much improvement is achieved by the upgrade. 
I feel like Concero HP does a very respectable job across the board, but Mad Dogs/Alpha Dogs tend to scale well with more juice. More so than most of my other planars (HE-6 notwithstanding). 
  Wow, that's bad news. I would think they could still throw in some foam or packing peanuts or some such material to act as a buffer. The Concero is built like a tank but that doesn't mean you want it to look like a battle-damaged tank by the time it arrives...  Yeah, it's shockingly good in my opinion.... not just "good for the size" either, but just good period. I think the biggest challenge is just to get people to take it seriously. 
  I don't know that a perfect solution really exists. I was thinking maybe the best you could do is look for a right-angle plug that allows the cable to stick close to the body of the DAC, and maybe route around the side to the back. That might look cleaner than going over the top. But you'd have to find just the right cable - usually only 1/8" plugs come in right angles.   Yeah I don't even know what all this update encompasses, so it's hard to say what the delay might be...
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