This is true. I have mine on sale for 1700 EUR.. and I do this because I get Dave. But no way, based on my taste I would go for second generation Chord (Chord2, Qutes..). They are sound different form first generation (Hugo, TT, Dave) and personally not for me. Fair to say I did not hear MS + anything... but less upsamples, conversions and shorter path my signal has... better I sleep ) I have impression that line up was Hugo - TT - Dave. Perfect sound, and Dave as top of the line gave me more space (wide and tall) bringing reality of sound to the extreme (strongest part of Dave for me). But all (TT, Hugo) very deep and real.. This I missed most in new 2nd generation. To my year its not a progress, but more step aside for other sound signature. And it is good that many liked it. We are all different ) If one need to choice, I can only recommend to try 1st and 2nd generation of Chord DACs. And decide after. You will hear difference immediately and understand what i mean.