Congratulations, on the puchase of your Aries II. Good that you like it.
Now a word of caution, stay away from all DAC threads.
@pmm - I like the way you think. I tend to be a satisfied customer once I make a purchase, it's a rare trait. I know that it's very possible that another similarly priced DAC could sound better and most certainly would sound different. I've not found anything that I don't like about the Denafrips as a product and it sounds good to my ears.
I actually don't go to the local audio shops very often because it leads to dissatisfaction and I prefer to feed the contentment.
@knock1 I mentioned it because people go on forums to do some research on products that they're interested in. If Denafrips advertises a product as NOS capable, and it doesn't measure that way, then they are putting out wrong information. Someone shopping for a DAC with that capability would be misled. That's the only reason I mentioned it.
I'm aware of this issues and "cool" with it being mentioned on this thread. My favorite review was actually the one by Golden Sound.
Just yesterday I rolled back to the first firmware upgrade (V1.6) because I found that the latest one resulted in a lot more skips with my Bluesound Node 2i and I never noticed a distinct sonic difference from the latest firmware upgrade like I did with the first one.
I'm currently messing with some "inferior' Electro-Harmonix tubes in my Pathos amplifier, so I will never notice an sonic loss from the firmware rollback because it all sounds inferior at this point compared to my Mullard tubes.