I think your suggestion that the Concert Fidelity DAC would be risky to purchase is based on your desire to push your product. Concert Fidelity has been around for close to twenty years, Mr. Tusada is one of the finest designers and builders in the world and the company has a great importer here in the US and retailers offer excellent support to their customers.
I own the CF 040 DAC and find its performance on redbook CD still to be the finest I have heard up to the present time. A dear friend has the EMM Labs DAC 2X and thinks its terrific on high rez formats, but we don't know how it compares with the CF 040. He will be coming to my house in the near future so we can make the comparsion. Based on my own experience I find the Cf 040 to be at a much higher sonic level then the Meridian piece. Teajay (System | Reviews | Threads | Answers | This Thread)