Yes, we have directly compared the two setups, except our Elgar was an Elgar Plus model. Wadia was dark, reserved, and overall no longer a high end product. the Elgar Plus/ Purcell combo was very dry and hard. Tried to warm it up with tube preamps, different cable combinations, etc. but to no avail. We regretfully gave up on dCS, for the money better sound could be had. Currently the AudioMeca upsampling Enkianthus beats both of these entries. for the money MSB Platinum does a good job. what you probably want is the Theta Gen VIII due on the market in 4-8 weeks, check Theta's website for info.