@Torq... thanks for all the comments so far... It gave me already quite a clear picture of what to expect... I am really grateful for all this evaluation work. I learned so much already because of SBAF. Not so long ago I was still listening with a Concero HD and a Violectric V200... Did you get more chances to play with the crossfeed settings after your early general comment? @new members and lurkers here: Torq has been using a handful of his top favorite dacs to compare the Soekris with. That the Soekris has not been put to shame is already an achievement for its price. Differences with dacs tend to be much smaller than is the case with headphones and amplifiers. As I understand it Torq here is mostly not talking about worlds of differences and some of them even might only be relevant with critical listening. For me extras like a good crossfeed implementation might be as important as the last bit of better SQ.