Audioesq, I think information that would be very helpful to you is on a thread I started entitled, Reference DACS: An overall perspective. Someone just posted an audition of the Esoteric reference gear compared to both Reimyo and Meitner digital front ends. You will see I on the thread that I attempted to put DACS into two groupings regarding their overall sonic flavor. All my auditioning was done on redbook,I too am not interested in SACD. My hunch is that you are seeking a type #2 sounding DAC, therefore DACS like the Accustic Arts and Reimyo would be more your "sonic cup of tea" then the Esoteric pieces. Another important aspect is the digital cable you will be using, I just auditioned the new Stealth Sextet cable and found it to be a true breakthough regarding another step towards musicality/warmth that many audiophiles would call analog without losing any speed, details, or dynamics. I also posted a review here on the GON that you might find interesting. Hope this helps.
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