I will start a new thread at some point but I know there were a lot of people in this one over the past few years expressing interest in this idea.... so I'll start here for now.
When Invicta first launched, there was hope that Resonessence Labs would eventually give us a more affordable version capturing the same essence but without the built-in headphone amp or the SD card playback feature. Those are great, but not everyone needs them, and they surely add to the cost, complexity, and even the size of the device. The Concero series eventually came along but as a more budget-oriented line, it wasn't really positioned to fill this need. Resonessence later upgraded Invicta and split the line between Invicta Pro (with headphone amp) and Mirus Pro (no headphone amp), which brought the price up to $6K - not the right direction for those hoping for a lower price.
Finally, Resonessence has a product out which hits the spot. It's called the Veritas, and it's pretty much exactly what people had been looking for all this time. While not identical in terms of looking like a sawed-off Invicta, the Veritas seems to have a lot of the same guts. Resonessence calls it a "hardware engine" rather than a mere DAC, since they do so much via custom programmed FPGA. Not to mention their custom USB solution and custom digital filters. And did I mention they use the new ES9028Pro chip?
Veritas sells for $2,850 which is almost exactly half of the Invicta Pro and Mirus Pro models. It comes in the usual "Resonessence black" plus a limited run of silver and gold for initial batches. I have a unit in gold and it's pretty damn nice looking. Doesn't match a single thing in my rack, but that doesn't matter... it's just beautiful. Pictures simply don't do it any justice.
Further info, and probably a dedicated thread, as I get more listening time with it.