NP I almost said that; you can always upgrade your DAC later. The Mini should only get better with a better DAC. Most of what I read in this thread is accurate. If the Mini is transparent, like wire-with-gain, then you should be hearing the DAC. The HA-2SE is a good DAC IMO, but you can definitely get ones that are better. The Gilmore is a very capable amp. I had one and an Ether 2, albeit at different times. The Gilmore was one of my favorite mid-fi amps and I'm sure the Mini is at another level. I had a chance to hear it for a short time at RMAF and it certainly sounded good. It was hard to get a feel for its capabilities because of the crowd and the fact I was using open back headphones (Utopia). My end verdict was that it was on my shortlist of amps I'd love to try at home. I can't think of another amp that I heard there that I enjoyed more for the price.