That was the point of my post above…lean tone = fail, IMO.It might help to consider the Mola Mola Kaluga amplifiers as well. I have often found that pairing preamps and amps from the same manufacturer sometimes corrects the tonal picture. I was considering the Mola Mola DAC as well, but reading a few reviews convinced me that it might sound too analytical without careful system matching, although I haven’t heard it in my system. I ended up with a Lampizator Pacific, which goes off in the opposite direction being a tube DAC. But I get quickly turned off by components that sound overly lean. Having been to hundreds of live orchestra concerts, I find leanness an unforgivable sin, even if it enhances clarity. It’s like increasing the sharpness control on a television. My reference loudspeakers at home are Quad electrostatics and Harbeth Monitor 40.1s, as these sound more like live music to me than most other loudspeakers that have a zingy metallic (diamond, Beryllium etc.) tweeter.