I have been using this DAC for a couple of months now, and I have been very pleased with my purchase. I previously owned the Denafrips Pontus II DAC, which sounded good, but to me the R26 sounds more smooth and natural in the treble and the bass is better defined. The soundstage of the R26 is a bit smaller than that of the Pontus II, but the sounds are still placed very nicely around my head with the R26. On another note, the streamer of the R26 is very nice and have made my music listening experience better! I highly recommend this DAC for people searching for a good value DAC around this price point.