Visiting the Meier Audio amplifier page, an unmistakable trend has been emerging. The Symphony 2 DAC/Amp was discounted and now it is "!! SOLD-OUT !!". It no longer shows a price and it doesn't look like it is coming back.
The list goes on: The top-of-line Concerto is "!! Sold out !!". Again there is no longer a price for it and it also doesn't look like it is coming back. The Stagedac is no longer avaialble in Silver. I am guesiing that when the last black units sell, that will be the end of that too
Hmm... I do believe that all of this is pointing to something interesting. Here is my guess... a new integrated DAC and Amp that combines the dual DAC design, digital filters and extended crossfeed of the Stagedac with the headphone amp design and 64 step attenuator of the Concerto. There were some odd redundancies with using the separate Concerto and Stagedac units together (i.e dual crossfeed - the better one on the Stagedac - and dual volume controls - the better one on the Concerto). They also were different widths so they didn't stack elegantly.
Put them together and you would also have a killer DAC/preamp. The Stagedac aspired to do this but with the poorer old-style volume pot as well as a compromising jumper system. (That jumper technology is overdue to be abandoned on the home units - as it has been with the mercifully jumper-free Stepdance.)
We will see how my soothsaying skills pan out. But I am sure that there must be something interesting going on. If I am correctly guessing Jan's direction, this could be the next great solid state home headphone amp/preamp for computer audio.
Jan could call it... the Concert Stage.
Waiting patiently here...