I have a CEC TL-0, a Mimesis 39++, and the ML 31.5. Out of the three I like the CEC best. Its more musical and detailed than either the 31.5 and the Goldmund. I haven't compared the new TL-1X to either of the above, but in the past I've heard the TL-1. I remember it being musical in the way that only CECs can be. I think the CEC will be most analogue like out of your choices. The Mimesis 39++ has a great DA converter, but I'm comparing the transport section only, which I'm told is very similar sounding to the 36. You will not really go wrong with any of the above choices, all three are among the best, but for my money CEC is the winner. rgds, david k. PS. I'm using an ML 30.6 and a DCS 972/Elgar set up. The results were the same through both DACs.