I'm fairly sure I'm keeping my D1 DAC. I'm thinking its getting the job done good enough for the price and I can connect my headphones to them easily. One less power cord and wire to have going to power surge actually seems to be desired at this point.
I experimented with placing some books underneath the emotiva's and it does make a difference. I realized that due to the limited "depth" of my desk and that the speakers were so close, I decided to try them on the ledge that is already "raised" behind the desk. I now have the speakers on each far side of that and pointed pretty much at me. It actually looks really nice too. The tweeter is now exactly at eye/ear level (ledge is at least 5 or 6 inches above of desk) and it sounds amazing. I also think the sound sort of has more room to expand around me and develop a bit instead of being practically 1-2 feet from me. One speaker length back makes a difference. So now, no need to buy any stands. Works out well too because i have a little more real estate on my desk to work with.