Going by the information on offer, the new Asus E3 dac does look promising, and if it lives up to the hype its receiving $1.699 will be a bargain. The E1 standard edition isn't a high-end dac at all and has many faults which you can easily find in this thread, however when adding muses, ONLY the sound quality is improved and nothing else, Muses Edition on the other hand has slight improvements other than the pro-loaded muses.
So if E1 standard = $500, E1 muses = $1200, The new E3 dac if living up to it's promises is definitely worth the assumed asking price for sure
But the muses differ on the new model, no? MUSES02 I think. Wonder what that difference that will make, if any.