I'm thinking about replacing my Conductor (about 5 years old with ES9018), mostly because it is overkill for how I use it. I never use it as a preamp I often don't use it as a DAC (sometimes feeding it Bimby or Mojo instead of using the internal) It's really damn big I do however really like the fundamental sound: Beefy, rich, dynamic, but with enough detail to be gentle, sweet, and beautiful when called upon. Right now my short list is as follows: iFi Micro Black Label Schiit Jotunheim Neve RNHP Arcam rHead Can anyone with experience on some of these comment on if they're true lateral moves from the Burson, or even improvements? I'm open to other options as well, including tubes. Or ... am I best off sticking with Burson, instead -- either with what I have, or moving to the smaller Soloist? Right now my primary headphones are FAD Sonorous III, ATH-AD900X, Meze 99 Classics, Massdrop Noble X, and Venture Electronics Zen 2. Next year, though, I plan on adding either a mid-level planar -- Mr. Speakers Aeon, maybe? -- or a Focal Elear. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.