How does this BDP-105 as just a DAC compare to other DACs in the $500 to $1,200 range? If somebody could describe it in the standard audiophile terms that would be awesome... detailed, smooth, analog, warm, bright, analytical, none of the above, etc.?
Concerning the built-in headphone amp, one online reviewer said the Senn. HD600s sounded great, while another with the HiFiMan HE500 describes it as such: "The BDP-105 has such low distortion, it represents the best headphone amplifier I have ever heard". Reading that quote alone makes me wonder what I am waiting for.
Also looking at other new products out from NuForce such as the DAC-100 and Wired4Sound's mPRE. On the other hand, the BDP-105 can also function as a stand alone music center with it's USB drive capabilities...
... on the other other hand (thats 3 hands now I know), I auditioned a Marantz PM8004 integrated amp with my Senn HD650s yesterday and I just can't get it out of my head how smooth, refined, and pleasant it sounded.