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Thanks! Happy to be helpful.   The BMC PureDAC is a prime example. That device has a balanced design which culminates in a balanced headphone out. Great, right? But having only a balanced headphone out would alienate a huge number of users, so they slammed an SE jack on there as well. It's a rather compromised solution (designer told me himself) and is one of the first things they changed when designing the UltraDAC, which is the next model above PureDAC in the...
  Yeah, it can vary from amp to amp though. Some amps are basically the same exact output rewired for XLR, while others like V281, Taurus, etc have a different character on each jack. It depends on the topology. Personally I like when both outputs sound a little different. 
  This is by design. The smaller hole is for lows, and it has advantages over a full size tube in this particular application. It's a special Wizard thing which is why you don't really see it on other brands.    Exciting stuff! I imagine K10 performance but with N4 sensibilities.... sounds like a winning combo to me!  
On the topic of import duty: just because you don't get slapped with an immediate bill from the delivery man, don't automatically think you've avoided it. UPS likes to deliver now and send a bill for duty in the mail roughly a week later. It's happened to me lots of times. Typically when bringing in stuff from Canada or Germany.   I don't want to be all doom and gloom, and I truly hope this doesn't happen to anyone else... just fair warning. I've not (yet) seen Fedex or...
  Well said! That pretty much sums up my thoughts on the K553 perfectly. I've probably got more hours on my pair than anyone else here (maybe), and this is the conclusion I've formed.     Agreed completely. L1 is great for certain things, and really not competing at all with the K553. Different categories altogether.
Hmmmm.... I want to say I think that would work. I'm sure I've tried it at some point.   The only thing to watch out for would be volume control. You spend a lot of time matching each channel just right in monoblock mode, and then for SE mode you'll probably end up adjusting one of them. So you'd have to match again with each switch. Unless you max them out for monoblock mode and control volume with your DAC - in which case you'll still have to mess with volume for SE...
  Yes, I believe you can charge and listen at the same time. 
No, I don't have an external USB drive, so I never tried that. I might need a drive soon though, if I get one I'll try it with my Aurender. Many people swear by Exact Audio Copy, but I reckon you'll be fine with whatever software allows for the options you want and has a good workflow. Stuff like automatic tagging and ease of editing in the rare case the database makes a mistake. That's what I'd look for if I had a massive job to do.
Nice! I agree, a stack of two CMA800R is mighty impressive indeed.
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