Ah, you guys brought my post back from the dead!
Since making the original post, I ordered a Bifrost from Amazon via Audio Advisor. The difference was immediately noticeable, but came at first with a bit of a bittersweet taste. At first it sounded TOO detailed to me. It was odd at first to hear both the reverb and the dry signal almost as discrete sounds as the Bifrost presents to my ears. It seemed disconnected and less warm than my uDAC. At one point, the Bifrost was uncomfortably bright sounding for me, though not right out of the box.
Call it burn-in, psychological burn-in, whatever: the Bifrost now sounds much better to my ears. I've put an average of (at least) 5 hours of actual listening use a day on my Bifrost in the near-month I've owned it, with a good amount of pink noise burn-in time as well, so I'm pretty sure it's fully burned in (again, psychological or physical).
While now I do hear reverb as being a separate element from the dry signal still, it is no longer distracting as it once was. I appreciate the detail it brings and think the detailed reverb contributes to instrument placement. And the Bifrost is now quite warm enough for me, and no longer bright sounding.
Anyway, the Bifrost was quite a good purchase IMO. Even when I first got it, I was glad to have it, but had the above reservations. Now it's downright amazing.
True but having bought the Bifrost myself out of curiosity, fully expecting to return it (I was part of the "DACs don't make that huge a difference" camp), I have to say I can't imagine how anyone cannot be satisfied/impressed with it unless they're downgrading from a $2k dac. Very neutral, very revealing, and overall amazing bang-for-buck product imho.
In response to this, I was only analyzing the cost as being not worth it to return the Bifrost. 10% of the price of the product is pretty steep. Luckily, I like the Bifrost, so the cost of returning isn't important anyway.
Edited by qoouep - 3/9/12 at 12:46am