I'm working on the Firestone Audio Tobby review at the moment. Hope to have it done in the next week or so. I have no idea how it will compare to the new DA8 but it does put up a good fight to the NuForce DAC-100 and the Matrix X-Sabre, which are priced at the same $1,100 as the Tobby. Sneak preview: The Firestone unit has a bit more focus towards speed, detail, leading edges, though I don't consider it bright in general. It can sound better than the DAC-100 or X-Sabre in some systems, but significantly worse in other configurations.
I am eagerly waiting for that review and hold all my question on Tobby for that topic (with hope I will find somewhere in the review if it's good synergy for systems similar to Svetlana2 + W3000ANV), I don't want to spam this thread with stuff related to other device any further. However, for europeans Tobby is priced significantly below X-Sabre (and DA8 for that matter); 700 EUR inc. VAT+shipping for Tobby, X-Sabre is 845 EUR (without shipping, which will add couple of tens of euros as well) but + ~20% for extra import charges/VAT on top of that; roughly 400EUR difference by my calculations. Unless X-Sabre can be shipped for 845 EUR from within EU (which unfortunately seems unlikely). Gosh, I hate all these continental differences (a bit off-topic on this matter: lately I wanted to buy VTI BL404BC rack, which can be found in US for around $250; in EU it is sold only in Netherlands for 399e + ~60e for shipping to Slovakia. That makes it more than 2 times pricier than it actually is...). Sometimes I wish I had smaller obsession with audio and less expensive hobby :D