The Ares 2, imo, sounds tubey. It has airy treble, 3d sounstage. It sounds more natural to me than the BF2. Thats why I have it hooked up to my Elise. The Bf2, on the other hand sounds cleaner with warmth and mid focused sound signature. I prefer the BF2 with my mini since the mini is more transparent and tonaly accurate than the Elise. However, before i had the Bf2, i used my Ares 2 to run the mini and they also sounded excellent. I think with these two dacs, its a matter of preference. I have mine setup thsi way because it gives me two different sound signature and tonality with my hardware and headphones.This is great to hear. I have the both the Mini and Ares II coming today.
I also see the BF2 in your sig. Which one do you prefer with the Mini? I have the BF2 and bought the Ares II to compare.
Congrats on your purchase bud. You re in for some good times. Enjoy