Probably for InnerFidelity. It will be a while though.
A bit longer - I'm still writing up my thoughts on the NuForce DAC-100, and still in the listening phase with the X-Sabre. Plus a few quick other projects need editing and posting. I just happened to have a ton of stuff come in for review all at once, so I got bogged down a little. Need to work on my timing!
Those traits, to me personally, are what I really love about the Gungnir. Most times than not, I want that aggressiveness and that edge, and I still can train my ears to mellow down when I want to. I have been falling asleep to the Schiit stack every night since I got it. After a hard day of work I still want attack, attack, attack. Then when its time to sleep I try and train myself to mellow out and just "flow" to what I'm listening to. "Enjoy Properly" is a very individualistic trait, my enjoy properly is exactly what you seem to not like about the stack, while your enjoyment sounds like a more natural easy listening approach. Needless to say, I will also be checking out the Sabre, and build a more natural, neutral, and a little more warmer sound.
I wish I could train my ears as you do to wind down when it's getting late in the session. Don't get me wrong, the stack sounds amazing and I couldn't be happier moving from my low-fi stuff. I guess I've just conceeded to playing the diminishing returns game when I signed up for the upgrade. I think I'm some hot shot audio enthusiast that can decipher minute differences but in reality it depends on a multitude of factors. For example, now that I know what I have, I expect that aggression always and proactively seek it out. This causes me to focus more on the flaws in harsher/brighter recordings rather than enjoying it for what it is. It's almost a disadvantage to read impressions and base your purchases on these, because you are predisposed to the gear sounding like what you have read. So while listening you go "yup there it is, tipped-up top and aggressive". When in fact if you heard the setup without any prior consultation, you may not have the same reaction. I still am very much in the honey-moon phase though.
In europe it is - as far as I know - Germany based http://www.pc-hifi-shop.com . They don't offer all of the Matrix (and Yulong!) stuff, but most of it and I think their prices are ok. Got the M-Stage and D18 from them, fast shipping and no problems both times.
thanks guys, that helps a lot. Hopefully they will offer X-Sabre in time as well, their prices are more than fair (and seeing they charge 10€ for in-EU shipping, that sounds like a great deal).
My D18 came with an extra powercord (Lappkabel Ölflex - true industry quality!). It's built like they want you to torture someone with it jokes aside, I didn't even ask for that and I found it to be a nice gift. However, I don't know if these cables are standard on all gear that doesn't come with it's own powercord.
I don't know that anyone used that actual term, but I'll be curious to hear what issues you have with it.
I'd go so far as to say it's almost impossible for products in most categories to be what I think of as a legit "giant killer". I mean sure, I can find an expensive DAC that sucks and in comparison, the X-Sabre (or whatever DAC we are talking about) can slay that giant. But there's always another high value competitor priced slightly lower or slightly higher, so none of them usually stands completely above the rest in terms of value. Same goes for amps and headphones and everything else. The trick is to find the good products at each respective price point and ignore the rest of it. I think that at $1100 the X-Sabre is one of the best DACs I've heard. Purrin may disagree and that's okay.