Frank those are very good points. I guess system synergy is a huge factor. But I feel some safety in popular choices in terms of high end dacs. Seems the ladder dacs are getting all the attention. I have seen that much steam behind the sabre dacs anymore even dual sabre stuff. Listening to them for extended periods and allowing burn in is really not practical for many dacs that don’t have local dealers.
So I am ok with buying listening and selling if I don’t like it. But I still like to choose initially based on some level of consensus or comparison.
I am really happy darko did his review but would love more opinions about comparisons to other dacs which find strangely rare on these and many other forums.