Thanks @Erroneous for hosting this one, it was my first meet since the whole beer bug thing started and it was nice to hear some stuff. @famish99 @penguins and @SoupRKnowva were all there, good folks. Gear was @Erroneous 's Aficionado/recently acquired Stratus/Holo Spring/May/Utopia/Verite Closed.... my EC 445/HD650M/Elex... @SoupRKnowva brought this insane shiny beast of an amp that belonged in a Flash Gordon sequel, and @famish99 brought his Wavedream and ETA Genesis (forgot which version). For some reason I noticed a bit of treble sharpness in my 445, which is not present when hooked up at my place, so maybe it's my power conditioner. That amp is very transparent so will pass through any weirdness or gremlins. The DACs had warmed up for a few days before listening. We basically did a blind ABX test between the Spring, May and Wavedream on speakers. We all guessed wrong except @penguins, who has magical powers. I honestly did not have a preference for any one DAC, which goes to show how subtle the differences are. I got to try the ETA Genesis finally and while I liked it (very balanced sounding), I'd like to hear it with different pads, as I don't think I was in love with the solid leather pads. I was really impressed with the Stratus, which I'd never heard. It had all EML mesh tubes I believe. Lovely amp, reminds me of my old Starlet, only more resolving. I was excited to finally hear NOS DACs, because I'd never heard them, but was slightly let down in the sense that it did not sound all that different to me than OS... maybe a closer stage, MAYBE a little more involving emotionally... but meet conditions/expectations bias and all that. Sorry for the less than perfect pics, don't know what was going on with my camera.