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How do you think this sounds vs the Emotiva Stealth DC-1? On their site for $399.
I replied to someone else with the same question. I can't speak for the SQ, but the DC1 is described as "balanced and neutral, but somewhat musical". Same description as the m9xx according to some reviews. So let's just discuss features. The m9xx has better bitrate support all the way to DSD, and is available in a smaller and more compact form. The DC1 also appears to have some issues with high sensitivity gears. Most people who posted reviews for the DC1 and praised them used monitor speakers and headphones for their reviews and impressions. Most did not use a IEM, or worse, CIEMs for the review as far as I can tell. CIEMs configured with BA drivers typically can be quite sensitive, so they pick up hiss in the amplifier easily. The DC1 hisses more than the O2 according to some reviews and are not a good fit with IEMs. The saving of 100 dollars would be slightly less with shipping. So you'd probably end up saving 50-75 dollars over the m9xx. I'd take the m9xx over the DC1.