The AH90 is unique: It is the only device that can act as a DAC, Headphone Amo, and Steamer at this price point and this level of quality. The competition does not offer all 3 in one. Furthermore, after and update the unit is able to output to speakers DSD signals natively rather than converting them. That only works to speakers and for the odd recording that is DSD coded, which are rare in the market.
As a professional musician my sensitivities are not limited to volumes but to being able to hear what people do. This unit has been a joy. Regardless of what type of music and musicians are involved I can hear things. Status Quo was famous for changing guitars to create different sounds durng concerts. This unit will let you hear the difference. As an opera singer, the acoustic of a stage like Munich can make you aware of things you do as a singer that you do. Some houses make a musician reach into their bag of tricks. Think of Queen at Wembley and listen to it on a unit like this and listen to it with this unit: made me smile. No tricks of voicing. My previous SMSL bumped up the bass but never sounded as natural.
If you connect it to your LAN for Upnup or Streaming, you may not need a WiiM unit at all. I still own a WiiM Pro but am sure over my internal system the Gustarender software will sound better.
This is a special machine at this price point. It receives my highest recommendation. It has flexibility the Matrix Mini 4 does not have and is way cheaper than buying several machines to do what this unit does a 3 in !.