I havent compared to the Anedio D2. But Stereomojo have a dac shootout and the Anedio D1 was beaten in a blind test by the EE mini max. I have the EE mini max plus dac that have the same Sabre 9018 chip in it and I can assure you that its day and night. The EE min max plus is way to skeletal with a wide soundstage, the M51 is more forward and has more microdetail retreval especially in the low end of the curve and has a better musical presentation.
Judging the performance of the Sabre 9018 base dac and there lack of specs available to the public I now refused to buy any dac base on the Sabre 9018.
Edited by ecohifi - 9/13/12 at 1:50pm