Rob's DACs are all about transparency ...meaning true to the original analog signal prior to A/D conversion. For most people, transparent music sounds thin but if you spend time listening to real recorded live music you find its exactly what live sounds like. I am convert to DAC direct output - in my case, Hugo2 to high efficiency Voxativ loudspeakers + REL S/5. (i also have my eyes on getting HiFiMan HEKse's soon). Listening nearfield at room filing volumes is absolutely convincingly real. I cannot go back to an external analog amplifier. Really hoping Rob's 10watt DX digital amps show up tomorrow in Munich.