I spent 1.5 hours today doing an A-B comparison of the Chord Dave with the LKS Audio MH-DA004. The comparion was performed with just a couple of tracks from an album I know well. Normally, I struggle to hear significant differences between DAC's, but the signature of these two was quite different. The Dave came out on top, but the LKS gave a good account of itself. (Let's not forget that the Dave is around 6x the price.) The 004 is the best Sabre DAC I've heard, but in its current state it lacks the life and dynamics of the Dave. The latter also has more lower-mid 'weight' to its sound. But the 004 is no less refined. It just sounds like it is more reserved, happy to sit back and work within its limits. This experiment has motivated me to want to mod the 004, particularly on the analogue side. In a couple of weeks' time I will be getting the Dave on an extended loan. If anyone wants me to proffer further comparisons, let me know. I still think the 004 has all the potential, it's just a case of realizing it.