I emailed Jason my wish list for a new DAC. I asked for something along the lines of a Wyred4Sound DAC-2 that can replace a conventional preamp. The W4S has volume and balance, done in the digital domain. Jason shot that down, along with upsampling which he also spat upon from a great height. (I don't agree, but I do respect his purist perspective.) So I'm guessing, just inferring here, that the end product will be pretty straightforward with minimal features.
I also asked for an I2S input, which solves the issues some people have with USB and what they perceive to be its sonic shortcomings. Jason did not repond to this, hmmm...
Agreed that a common case with the amps would be nifty. However, given that the Lyr runs hot (which I know firsthand) and the Asgard apparently even hotter, would putting either atop a case full of delicate chips be a real good idea?
Truly the DAC market is exploding. It wouldn't surprise me to get one free with my breakfast cereal. So I don't think asking for a decent $150 DAC is unrealistic. Electronics get better and cheaper, faster. Just got a new Marantz SA8004 player, which has a port on the front for a thumb drive or iPod data and a port on the back for computer USB. And that built-in DAC competes with my modded PS Audio DL III.
Will Schiit deliver a $150 DAC? Don't expect so. But given the value delivered in the Lyr, I can't wait to see the "bruiser" DAC promised for later this year.