Other links: Xecuter impressions: https://superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/dangerous-music-convert-2.6874/ Cellist impressions: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...eam-of-consciousness.7000/page-10#post-244317 Vtory early impressions: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...eam-of-consciousness.7000/page-10#post-242717 Vtory impressions: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...ream-of-consciousness.7000/page-8#post-242439 Collusison impressions: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...eam-of-consciousness.7000/page-12#post-245398 FORWARD I've been out of the DAC game for a long time for a few reasons. My primary source is still my turntable, something that I do not think that will ever change. I actually limited myself to only records for the better part of a year until the Yggdrasil Analog 2 came out. I found the Yggdrasil Analog 2 to be "close enough" and it certainly came in handy when I only had digital versions of recordings that I wanted to hear. I had zero desire to chase after other DACs because I knew good audiophile DACs tend to start at $5000, or more. So being completely out of it, I started to hear murmurs of these TOTL pro-audio DACs being awesome and shit. Names like Prism, Crane Song, Forssell, Dangerous Music, Burl, etc. Surely this could not be possible, as my prior experience with pro-audio D/A converters during my DAC search years ago (fully documented on HF) was less than stellar. The Lavry DA10 was the best of the bunch, but it wasn't terribly good at any one thing. The Mytek Stereo DSD made me want to kill myself, along with everyone else who was in the room - I think @ultrabike might have been there too. The highly recommended (at HC) ULN2, ULN8 was good enough in technicalities, but was lean sounding and exhibited serious sigma-delta treble stridency. The Benchmark DAC1 was already considered a piece of garbage by most people back then: false detail and no bass. I think the one DAC that I might have liked during that era may have been Lavry Gold, but I never had a chance to hear it. The Gold was also horribly expensive back then, especially if you take inflation into account. A lot of time has gone by since those days. Today, we are blessed with TOTL pro-audio DACs that are actually semi-affordable (that is affordable to mere mortals who make an effort to save money for a few months). They aren't all $4k++ like they used to be, or require another $8k "plutonium" clock so they don't sound like shit (this is the kind of stuff that pisses me off and makes me want to give certain MoTs* a severe pummelling). *If one of those MoTs does get beaten up, please don't direct the cops to me, someone else did it. I've taken a vow of non-violence.