Hello folks, still here occasionally :) Thought I'd share some things.
The Vocm mod with JK high nickel trafos is quite good and would likely satisfy the majority of listeners IMO.
I will say though, the pinnacle of DS DAC mk1 sonic performance is, Diff amps topology mod (also found some diff amps I prefer to the AD803x), along with a bi-polar PSU that then allows for no caps or trafos on the output. This also allows Vocm to be=ground, so no mod needed for it anymore. It's not trivial to do but can be done, I'm listening to mine here now with it.
Now we're really talking, now there is no audible distortion (quite rare IME) and you are hearing the fw performance basically. Any further improvement would be upgraded fw. I asked if we could get a Mk2 version improved fw for Mk1 and the answer was no.
BTW I prefer the older Sunlight fw on mine; it's more open and dynamic and alive sounding. It's playing here now.
I recall someone on the forum had done some topology mod effort, but they claimed they didn't like it. I don't know what the problem was there, and maybe I had also misguided somewhat with some poorly suggested values at the time. But whatever, I don't have the time or energy these days to try and maintain and acceptable S/N ratio of a web forum and that's when I called it quits there basically. The truth of it is what I posted above.