good to know, but given the nature of the members here, i feel like this is probably going to be for the most part an ignored product given our affinity for bang for the buck
When you say "bang-for-buck", I'm afraid you actually mean "cheap." Everyone I can find that actually owns this thing (and there are quite a few over at audiocircle) seem to think that it's either a good value, a great value, or one of the best values in audio they've ever found.
I know there are some upcoming reviews for this DAC, and I brought this up with Eric when we spoke last week. He doesn't seem to care what the Tranquility gets compared to, so long as they cost considerably more than $1500. He doesn't think there's any competition under $2k and he's afraid that if it's compared to other DAC's in this price range, people won't understand how good it is.
So he's either crazy, or he's created something awesome. And so far, I haven't uncovered very many signs that he's crazy.