I' m neither an audiophile GURU nor magician.
I think that you forgot that all words had writing on this or any another forum(s) is just someone's subjectives. All thing I write to here is the only my IMO!
As for my profesional - I'm in D.P. degree of solid state physics.
Almost all of DAP for me is clear things, not BLACK BOXes how it could to be for many-many so called audiophiles.
The player which based on the good Digital Filter+DAC+good HP AMP schematic (HFM, aleXmod) could sounds better that ones based on descent SoC+OA buffer (AMP3) isn't it?
But if anyone compare the usual descent SoC based DAP with AMP3 it is clearly hear that last one is superior almost in all aspects...
Of cause the last comparsion must to be completed in simple A/B test, because audio is such subjective thing...
Somebody could prefer decaff coffee just for it's taste, but not me!