I have an EAD Theatermaster Signature 8 modified by Greg Palma at Noble Electronics in Fairfield, Iowa. I sent him a used TM Encore and he added 8 analogue pass through inputs as well as other modifications. The sound is outstanding in 2 channel or 5, I don't use the other two inputs. I don't have balanced, but he will add them if you want. I spent about $500 on the encore on A'gon, and sent it to Noble for the upgrades and mods. I spent about 1200 on these, for a total investment of about $1700. I now have all the prepro I'll ever want. I use the DAC for CD's with my Denon 1650AR as a transport. I use it for vinyl as well. I have a letter with all the upgrades listed.