Thank you for the kind words, Josh. Funnily enough, I also ended up purchasing the Gungnir Multibit (the latest, slightly cheaper one, with the different VCO-based clock regeneration). I had a feeling, from reading impressions here, that it might offer the best combination of the traits I liked about the BF2/LiM and the Spring 3. And, for the most part, it has. Some tentative comparisons between Gungnir MB, BF2, LiM, and Spring 3: I had been concerned that the Gungnir would have a less black background than the other DACs. Marv’s DAC chart (here) suggested there could be a significant difference. From my memory of the Spring and a direct comparison with the Bifrost 2, the Gungnir MB is certainly less black. Fortunately, I’ve not found this to be an issue whatsoever; it’s noticeable if I’m comparing directly and listening for it specifically, but If I’m simply sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying music, it’s irrelevant. The Gungnir MB’s resolving qualities move it well ahead of the BF2, for me, and close to the LiM - how close I can’t say, from memory - but still a step back from the Spring 3 (but not so much that I feel as though I’m missing out too much). And it’s less warm sound signature makes it closer to the Spring 3. The bass is tighter than the BF2, and closer to the LiM in this respect, but the Gungnir MB’s bass has the advantage of not being as emphasized as that of the LiM, which suits my preferences better and makes the DAC more versatile, particularly when it comes to classical music, for which the low end could be too much with the BF2 and LiM. Additionally, the Gungnir MB is less gloopy or rich than the BF2 but slams as hard, and it’s faster-sounding. In terms of slam and speed - or what comes across as sounding faster (be it speed per se or the illusion of it from the lighter, less thick sound) - the Gungnir MB approaches, if not meets the Spring 3, again if my memory is reliable. I agree entirely about the Gungnir MB being wonderfully engaging. I’d like to think it’s superior to the Spring 3, although I’m happy to admit that this may simply be a function again of poor memory (or bias, by wanting to validate my purchase). But here’s the really outstanding thing about the Gungnir vs the other DACs: plankton. I’ve never used this word before. I’ve found it to be a quality that’s hard to discern and a concept that’s hard to grasp. (I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that it doesn’t exist and that the senior Friends here are having a laugh with us when using it, in a sort of emperor’s new clothes way). Well, I had something of a revelation the other day. I was doing some critical listening to my LCD-4 and a pair of Rosson Audio RAD-0, which a friend kindly lent me. This was the first time I’d paid close, serious attention to the LCD-4 with both the Gungnir MB (which I’ve had for only a few weeks) and my Stratus (I usually use the LAuX with the LCD-4). And I was astonished by the quality of the sound I heard. There was a complexity to it I’d not heard before, as though instruments had more reverberations and complex tones than I’d been aware of. I could hear more of what I’d like to call grain, but that’s not the right word. Grain implies a kind of roughness to the texture of sound; what I mean is that I’m getting the clear tone of an instrument but I'm also hearing a kind of underlying complexity and texture to the sound that I’d not heard before. This was most noticeable on Cannonbal Adderley’s album Somethin’ Else, especially with the trumpet and the alto sax passages on Autumn Leaves. Here’s where I’m going with this long detour; to circle back to the Spring 3, I didn’t hear this plankon - if that’s what it is - when paired with the Stratus and my LCD-4. I’d be interested to read others’ comparative impressions of the Spring 3 vs. the Gungnir MB. The latter seems to take much of the resolving quality of the former, as well as its speed, lighter touch and less tonally thick sound, as well as its tighter bass, while also retaining the engaging qualities of the other Schiit DACs. And the Gungnir also seems to offer the “plankton” that I’d never heard before.