OK, got the Director (now called the Direct DAC), listened for a few hours and it's a keeper. It seems to have no sonic character, it's just there, with no raw treble, lots of unforced detail, transparent bass that's not overripe,
well defined vocals with just the right amount of silkiness, and is sweet without being syrupy or cloaking.
I replaced the Dragonfly with the Meridian, and while I really liked the Dragonfly, the Meridian is more balanced, with deeper bass, more ambience, more ease, and less fatiguing highs, especially in my Audeze LCD3 phones.
Windows 7 desktop(from Puget Custom Computers) --> AQ Carbon USB cable --> Meridian Director --> Stealth Indra ICs --> Headroom Max amp.
Phones used: Audeze LCD3, Oppo PM-1.
(The PM-1 is superb, actually my favorite with this setup, very refined with extended highs and lows and silky mids and lots of speed and attack.)
I just listened to youtube music, some in HD, some not. It's all good.
Edited by rgs9200m - 6/6/14 at 10:59pm