MUCH RESPECT GOING OUT TO THE YGGDRASIL: This is not a review, just a few impressions of how I hear the gear I have, specifically the Yggdrasil and the TotalDac., so YMMV. The Yggdrasil landed at my home on Monday May 4th. I plugged it in and had music playing through it from Monday May 4th through Tuesday May 12tn continuously. The TotalDac landed at my home on that Tuesday May 12th. I had music playing through it all of two days. Vincent – the TotalDac creator said to give the Dac 8 hours to stabilize - Yes, 8 hours – that’s it. I used the Abyss, LCD-3F and the HE-6 headphones. My HD800s are out on loan. The amp used is the Pass Labs INT-30A. I used all kinds of music: From Hard Core Rap to Classical to Jazz to EDM to Rock. Again YMMV. First up the Yggdrasil. I’ve been one of the skeptics of this DAC as soon as “Captain Hype a lot” and the “Hype Master” started ranting a raving about this DAC. Hype Twins: “I can hear things I never heard before” Me: Yeah Right – the same ole cliché. Hype Twins: “I can hear the band members farting at each other” Me: Get the F%^ outta hear. Lots of red flags went up and the "BS" meter went crazy. All the technical talk about bits, burrito filters and Delta-Sigma vs. Ladder DAC chips don’t really concern me. How does the damn thing sound? Well, I’ll be the first to say, “Pass me a slice of that crow pie” While I can honestly say I don’t hear band members farting at each other - but yeah, this is a DAMN good DAC. It’s good at reproducing music in a sort of natural kind of way. It has very good dynamics, the bass hits hard when it’s suppose to. This puts “some” of my previous DACs to shame. I wish this DAC were around a few years ago. I may have never gone on the DAC hunt I did. A few things I don’t quite like about the Yggdrasil: I find the tone a little lean. It doesn’t have that magic with female vocals like the AMR did. However, it beats the AMR in just about everything else. Will sound bright / analytical with the wrong amp. Background is not ink, pitch or midnight black. Midrange does not pop To my ears it sacrifices natural instrumental timbre for resolution. Not as engaging as I would like. I‘m experiencing a clicking noise after each sample rate change. About 1 second is cut off the start of each track after each sample rate change. Things I do like about the Yggdrasil: Price / Performance – you really can’t beat it nowhere in the audio industry. The edges are nice and sharp, very good dynamics, good soundstage depth, fast bass that hits hard and very resolving. Next up the TotalDac (TD). When listening to the Yggdrasil before the TD came, I was all ready to send it back. The Yggdrasil had me thinking like yeah – this is it, those F$%&ers was right - better than all my other DACs in just about every way, but I was missing the midrange of the AMR. One great thing off the bat was Vincent said the TD only needed 8 hours to become stable. He had no issues with turning the DAC on and off. What I don’t like about the TD: Price Edges not as sharp as the Yggdrasil. Soundstage width is not very expansive Things I like about the TotalDac: Tonality - An obvious difference between the TotalDac and the Yggdrasil is a richer tonality in favor of the TotalDac. Deep bass that’s fast, agile, hefty and hits hard when asked It’s deep black, midnight background. Maybe because of the separate PSU This DAC has an amazing timbre and sounds extremely fluid The TD has an organic and natural treble presentation. The 3D presentation compared to the flat 2D presentation of the Yggdrasil Rapping this thing up: I never heard a more realistic sounding DAC that’s highly resolving – airy, intimate, effortless and very engaging. (Other than the Audio Note 5 Signature) If you like the sound of female vocals – the TotalDac D1-Dual is the DAC for you. I prefer the Total DAC for its more lifelike approach. This DACs biggest advantage to me and why I like it so much seems to be its vivid tone. It has amazing timbre and sounds extremely fluid. It doesn’t sacrifice resolution for natural instrumental timbre it gives you both.