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Got mine today too, also earlier than predicted.<br /><br />Simply put, this thing blew my expectations completely out of the water. My HD558's sound easily twice as good as they did using an old Audigy 2 sound card. The stock tube is a tad bright on the highs, but nowhere near enough that I feel the need to drop $50 an a NOS tube. Though it does make me wonder how much better it could possibly sound...<br /><br />So far the only minor concerns are that it takes a bit longer to warm up than advertised (more like 45-90 seconds) and I haven't been able to set it to 96KHz sampling without a BSOD (24bit, 48KHz works flawlessly, though).<br /><br />UPDATE:<br /><br />Not 2 minutes after posting this comment I noticed that my sound settings had reverted to 16 bit 44.1kHz mode. Setting it back to 24 bit 48kHz caused an instant BSOD, and further BSOD's every time I tried to turn it back on. I reinstalled my sound drivers and performed a system restore, all to no avail.<br /><br />I then tried installing to a different USB port, which seems to have done the trick. I now have it set to 24 bit 44.1kHz sampling. Hopefully things will remain stable now; this is the best sound have ever heard in my life, and the thought of losing it terrifies me.
The best sound out of a tube amp/DAC comes after half an hour of current pulsing through its tube. Think like a light bulb but on a slower and dimmer scale. It really takes that long for any tube to warm and settle from a cold start.
I definitely see what you mean by bright.. I would say it's quite bright on my 271MKII and HARKAR-BTs. Almost ear splitting when I had the volume up. I think it will smooth out over time though - so far very very impressed.