For fun. Please feel free to imagine items for your own wishlist. I will incorporate them into the first post only if you can write a good two paragraphs making a compelling case that can actually be realized from a likely MOT. https://santaupdate.com/ Fostex T50RP (Drop Fostex T-X0 II) To the chagrin of many tweakers and modders, Fostex had changed its formula for the T50RP (and T60RP) where they became difficult to mod to have a more neutral frequency response. Drop has worked with Fostex on a few iterations for a custom product. The first one didn't go so well, so they went back the drawing board for the second one here: https://drop.com/buy/drop-fostex-t-x0-v2-planar-magnetic-headphones I found that with the Drop offered package on the second iteration, some quick and dirty tweaks yielded some decent results: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.org/index.php?threads/fostex-t-x0-ii-headphones.7972/ Drop could be our only hope as Fostex doesn't seem intent on bringing back the T50RP circa 2010 before the revisions from a few years ago. Maybe more of you guys can hit the Drop site and press the Request button? I am not sure if even the first run took off. There may not have been enough purchases. I still love the LFF Paradox (and a mod that @rhythmdevils did up). These modded T50RPs are still remain not only one of my favorite orthos, but also one of my favorite closed headphones today. Newer and latest and greatest isn't always better. There is a reason why Dan Clark Audio and ZMF were able to launch their businesses from offering their take on the T50RP. iFi Portable Roon Endpoint I know that there are quite a few iFi fans here. The reason for this totally makes sense. Through selection of components and consistent design methodology, iFi sculpts the the sound of their gear. As such iFi has a consistent and identifiable house sound. However, with the advent of streaming and curation services, many iFi fans have found themselves running more complex component chains than necessary. Wouldn't it be nice if we could use Qobuz, Tidal, Spotify, along with Roon from a transportable iFi AIO? Schiit Sabreius The AKM factory burned down. Schiit has said that they have a stockpile of AKM chips. However, how long will this last? Larry Ho and MOTU have shown us that in the right hands, ESS Sabre chips, even low end ones, are malleable and can sound damn good. @Psalmanazar's recommendation for the MOTU Ultralite, turned out of be not only a swiss-army knife of audio gear, but also a very good sounding as a DAC (or 8 DACs). To this day, I consider the DAC out of he Ultralite to be a reference. There's inner warmth, but otherwise it's a rather "normal" and minimally colored sounding DAC closer to the pre VELVET SOUND AKM4399 part. So what would happen if Schiit pulled off a Modius, but with ESS parts in it? Given Schiit's strength in DACs, I'm sure they could tame the ESS Sabre chip so it didn't sound like typical implementations that sheared our ears off. Schiit MagnIEM or Geshelli Archel IEM The one thing in Schiit's and Geshelli's lineups that they do not have is a small desktop amp with 0.5x gain for use with IEMs. We know both the Magni 3 and Archel variants are quiet enough. However from most desktop DACs, unity gain will be too high for super sensitive IEMs. I would prefer a 3+ discrete design, but a design using composite parts would be just fine, since every IEM I've heard sounds better from a decent desktop amp (coupled with a desktop source) - it's just I can't use much of the volume knob. More ideas: variable Zout (0.5, 1, 2, 4, 10), balanced outputs 3.5 or 4.4 Amps with less than unity gain for IEM use, that don't kill our transducers, from reputable companies with a North American presence, are still few and far between. Schiit Multius and/or Affordable NOS An updated Modi Multibit, which is getting old, a Multius per Modius. And/or an afforable cheap NOS solution. The USB tech in the MM is a bit old. It's still 4X OS, though that may be a good thing. I guess I'd like to see at least another refresh of it. I think that platform may have untapped potential. Getting it into one of their larger chassis, like seen with the Modius, might be a good idea. Actionable Ideas: Update MM with a Mulitius. Make MM an NOS DAC with upgrades to one of those next gen opamps. Soekris DAC with DIY Digital Filters The ability to design and/or roll own digital filters. I thought this was possible on the DIY boards? Filters could be designed via group efforts on the Internet. Pi2 Design or Allo Idiot-Proof Ready-To-Go RPi/AES Streamer An even easier Raspberry Pi streaming solution. Sure, we have the Metrum/Sonnet stuff, but those products are fairly pricey. I'd like to see more all-in-one boxes where at most all the user needs to do is write a new image to their SD card if they want a different distro. Plug it in and go on your way otherwise. (And maybe we can get automated WiFI setup working so you don't have to plug into ethernet first or modify a config file on the SD card before booting?) I like where Allo went with their USB signature product. Custom board and all that, but needs an external PSU. Can we get it all in one box and make it even more idiot proof overall? And as much as I like the convenience of local network playback, it would be nice to be able to pop in another SD card or USB drive to play back local contents. This is possible with the RPi, sure, but still a lot of DIY involved. Transports can make a huge difference. RPi-based solutions like the Pi2AES and DigiOne have made excellent SPDIF sound affordable, finally. Next step is to make it simpler and easier. Sennheiser HE90 Resurrection Please Sennheiser, bring this back. Just the headphone. We expect to pay a lot, but not at exorbitant ORFAS.org pricing. Please don't cater to the GOOP or rich Chinese crowd - remember, it's hobbyists like us who truly support you. Sennheiser "HD850" Put an HD800 class driver into a housing like the HD6xx or something fancier like the HE90. Many of us are willing to trade the HD800 soundstage for HD6xx tonality. Please? We have been waiting for something like this for almost a decade now and thought the HD700 would be this. RAAL Requisite Headphone Version of SR1A How cow, what would happen if we put the ribbons in a headphone. We wouldn't need the OB compensation. Imagine the possibilities.