Thanks! I am sure that I will enjoy the Concero, after the disappointment which was the Nuwave DAC.
I am well aware that the DAC is only a small part of the total equation. I guess its just with all these entry level DACs featuring ES9023 chipsets that makes one feels its an entry level DAC chip. I have studied the Concero design quite a bit, having done a bit of electronics design myself and it is a top notch from a design perspective. Looking forward to trying out the different filters too and love the little remote as well.
The NWD was disappointing for me too, weird considering PS Audio's reputation. No one talks about it, but the Parasound ZDac is a much better buy at half the price to my ears (sacrificing asynch usb) for that kind of product.
The Concero I am lead to believe has a great implementation of the Sabre, it was my first experience with a Sabre based dac and I expected the worst but walked away impressed.
The interesting thing I found regarding the Concero and Nuwave, having owned them side by side, is that separately I preferred the Concero, however when using the Concero as a USB converter to the Nuwave I greatly preferred that combo. This leads me to believe the real strength of the Concero is in it's custom filters and USB stage. I really wish they would release a slightly more affordable USB converter only, keeping the FPGA custom filters and maybe add a bnc and i2s output or something. I would snatch one of those up in a heartbeat. I think the Nuwave on paper and hardware should be an excellent DAC but it seems to be crippled possibly by poor digital filter design.
I think my dream digital setup right now would be something like a Concero converter feeding a standalone Burson DAC in the same line as the Soloist/Conductor. Though I have also recently been looking into the Meier Daccord also. That could also be interesting to pair with the Concero and would be very flexible with the filter options, and built in crossfeed settings of the the Meier DAC. Gungnir/Bifrost Uber + Concero could also be an interesting combo.