"The “DAC” in the AE is a relative joke and a toy. Period. Stop trying to promote it as “decent” because it is not, and if you think it is you’ve absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.".................
Okay.... I'm not an expert. And you might be right.....and Ken Rockwall and a few other that measured the output can be wrong. And remember we are comparing low end equipment. Anyone can have a great sounding system for thousands of dollars.
Bottom line...... we still couldn't hear a difference.
But there is good wisdom here and I'm going to keep plugging forward... especially with giving this DAC time to "burn in".