DAVE wins out big time when it comes to improved soundstage, ultra (yet exceedingly musical) detail, instrument timbre, decay and timing. The Vega sounds more hi fi technicolor, kind of like goosing the color, brightness and tint controls on a flat screen at Best Buy. Don't get me wrong, the Vega sounds great but it's a little euphonic to my ears, especially when you compare it to DAVE. DAVE sounds great when setup for DSD but, to my ears, DSD is one area where the Vega might have a slight edge. For PCM the Vega is not even close. The microRendu BTW makes red book sound closer to (though not generally indistinguishable from) hi res. In my experience this is true with all 3 DACS. Of course, this is IMHO and YMMV.