I might lend my SA-1 but I doubt the dark LCD-3 is a good match for it.
I read this thread quickly but I read someone (brunk, IIRC) offered to lend the HE-6 and/or HD-800. Those would be more suited for the dark/warm SA sound.
Unless Craig is willing to lend you the SA-2 - which is more neutral / less rolled off - but I doubt he is willing to part with his new toy, even for a week or two :p
The Ciunas DAC might be a more interesting challenger here. I think I can part with it for few weeks, my Chord QuteHD will do just fine . BTW, I'm glad you added this one to the shootout, it certainly deserves more talk around here! While a LPSU is a nice improvement (I tried the Main Cables R Us and Teddy Pardo), the stock SMPS is not that bad honestly. It's enough to appreciate the different approach to sound the QuteHD delivers.
Anybody else have an opinion about the Ciunas DAC? Can it compete in this field? If so, it looks reasonably priced...
And which specific power supplies did you try for the QuteHD? If they are low-cost enough and have reasonable return policies, I could check them out too... and maybe run my TBI Millenia with one of them. Heck it might even beat battery power for that amp (Sorry Mike).