I'm not sure I can move it - I suppose I could ask a Mod to do it for me?
To be honest, when I first came up with the idea for this thread I saw a bit of a hole in terms of what type of info was readily available. Audiostream.com was less than two months old and I wasn't sure what to expect from Michael Lavorgna. Turns out he is doing a great job covering similar stuff, therefore taking away some of the passion I had for this thread.
I do think this thread is still very HeadFi specific since it is focused on devices that fit well in a headphone rig - usable display and front panel controls required. But I also realize that more and more people use the iPad so my requirements are becoming less relevant.
The Stream Magic 6 makes sense to me - take the NP30, beef up the analog section and DAC section with what is likely amounts to a DacMagic+ (or very similar), and sell it for the appropriate price. The press release specifically mentions building on the lessons learned from the NP30 (which had some nearly fatal quirks from what I've read). If they really did manage to fix all the bugs and such then the Stream Magic 6 could be pretty nice. The NP30 and the DM+ were/are $599 each so the $999 price of the Stream Magic seems about right.
I'm finding myself highly tempted by the Consonance Reference 7:
This was apparently announced last year some time but I missed it until recently. It obviously uses the processing module from JF Digital, but goes in a completely new direction for the DAC and analog stage. 6H30 tube output? Yes please! I don't really need it at all, but I'm tempted.
Edited by project86 - 5/19/12 at 3:27pm