Hey HDMan.. I just may have to contradict myself/my last post.
I've had my Mini-i for over a year but have only used it as a DAC/Headphone AMP and not running through the outputs. Since I got my Lyr, I've been running (and burning in) the output stage and the sound to the amp is getting better and better. Initial impressions were uninspiring. It may just require some burn in. Give it a chance and let us know what you think.
I'm probably going to run it continuously for about 100 hours or so and do another comparison to my DLIII before I make any final decisions.
Got it yesterday, inital impressions are good, nothing really different in sound quality to the A8 Realiser's onboard DAC. I do however notice the ability to push at a louder volume with less fatigue. Could be placebo, LOL.
All in all it sounds the same, now this begs the question, higher priced DAC or not?