I doubt you'll be disappointed. What tipped it for me was interchangeable amps (I'm using amp12 in a Line Out configuration) and the parametric EQ. Seemed well-priced vs the competition. So the Mest joins a Z1R?I just bought the ibasso 300. Was going back and forth between r8 and maybe r6 to be more portable and the 300 seemed to get a little better review than r8 (or at least equal) for far less. I ended up going wirh thr Mest mkii as well. Hope it lives up to the hype!