Starting a thread for Emotiva, a nice bang-for-the-buck Made in USA outfit similar to Schiit but without the die-hard following (or TOTL offerings as of yet). I have a Big Ego at work and it's super capable, especially at its price. The DC-1 is heralded as one of the best bang-for-the-buck balanced DACs out there as well. For the ultra-nerdy, there's a 226 page Audio Precision report available for the latter: http://emotiva.com/resources/media/DC1_AP_Report.pdf Does anyone else rock any Emotiva gear? Most people who have their stuff seem to have other home theater components than DACs/Amps.