Much appreciated for the insights Amir - I'd love to see this kind of thing continued because ... The bummer with this hobby is that it's so full of blowhards, dinks, schills, and arseholes, that any topic creates two camps with the loudest arseholes carrying the flags. I suppose that's inevitable as it's a niche hobby and those are gathering points for the insecure ... nevertheless there's no getting around a fact: the hobby is part objective and part subjective. Everytime we get a legit question like USB cables (one component of a complex system) some wee-schlong shows up claiming to have definitive answers; as if that's even possible. Instead let's ask good questions, collect anecdotes, leverage tests, and see if we all can't contribute to a collective analysis without resorting to resume trumpeting and name calling. I think Amir is really helping move us along - he hasn't been treated fairly in some places, but then neither have they. Wouldn't it be great if we could all set that aside and focus on the question? Amir, any and all DAC/USB analysis in your $50-$300 range is greatly appreciated.