You guys are great at looking at this crazy crowded market niche in digital HIFI. My analog front end was updated last year to a VPI Classic 1 and Soundsmith Otello. Every year I get something new for the past 40 years. Grew up on Detroit FM radio and LPs. The only music I do not listen to is opera. My wife got me a Dragonfly 1.2 two years ago as an entry into the market (added Jitterbug) to my newer Toshiba AMD A10 laptop 8 gig RAM. I do not travel much but when I do I fly it is to Japan or Mexico. Torq mentioning the engine noise made me think I would have a hard time doing critical listening on a plane. Robustness being a mandatory but portability not such a big deal I am taking Chord Mojo off the list. Not looking to spend much over 500 USD for computer audio until I replace my MSB DAC III Channel Island Modified with outboard power supply next year. College students sucking cash... I have an older pair of AKG K240 headphones made in Austria in the 70s and some mid fi ear buds from Klipsch. Not really a headphone guy. I live way out in the country so I do not get opportunities to audition equipment. 2 channel system is Audio Research SP-14 preamp (sometime CJ PV12)>NosValves point to point wired 72 pound KT88 power amp> Klipsch Belles 1978 Walnut oil with heavily modded crossovers My digital computer audio is Spotify premium, J River FLAC and soon to try Tidal. I have tried Creek and Linn amplifiers in past and have found them to be a bit too tame for my liking. My older J A Michel TT is very satisfying but I am not certain I am a UK sound guy. I have never owned Meridian or Music Hall so I was interested in the possibility of an Explorer 2 or MH 25.3. Or just get the Modi Multibit and call it a day. If you were not using headphone amps would it change the reviews significantly?