I couldn't agree with Brianmgracom more. We had a post a while ago where someone advised just how bad their experience was with a compoent, but wouldn't say what brand it was as they didn't want to hurt the manufacturer. What possible benefit could that possibly be? While I appreciate, enjoy and may even relate to other members experience with a piece of gear, their opinions are not the end all and be all to effect my buying (or not buying) the component. Looking at the Esoteric X03-SE, for example (as I own it), there are posts who rave about it, and posts that do not. Doesn't change MY opinion of it as system synergy, cables, power cords, isolation devices, line conditioners, etc., all play a role in the listeners experience (as well as break in, warm up, etc). Leaving out the other dacs is a disservice to all of us as we may learn from your experience, and, may even be able to offer assistance as to why a certain experience to one of the dacs occurred (someone may say, yeah, it sounded thin, but if you use a so and so cable, it sounds great (and all of us can take advantage of the hours, frustrations and money another member went through). Going back to the Esoteric, one member had sent it back as he didnt't like it, only to find out from other members of the rediculously long break in time and ended up wanting to try it again as it hadn't been suffeciently burned in. Now, not mentioning the brand---that would have hurt the manufacturer.