Dang, because this was just released: http://www.audio-gd.com/HE/R27RE/R27ReEN.htmPrimarily, I'm trying to avoid all in one units this time around and decided to go with a separate DAC+AMP setup, and I've already ordered the Master and its on the way, I did have a DX7 pro that was an all in one but lacked the power to drive the Senn 650's I have, I could max the volume on those. Going with the master 19, I wanted gobs of power that I wont ever worry about needing for the future, and guaranteed to drive the 650's with no issue.
That Ares II is an R2R DAC (from what I understand), the reason why its the frontrunner of the pack.
Why not get an R-1 if the R8 is over budget? Add some ACSS cables and you're done.