Here’s what I’ve been doing of late: listening.
I am in the process of listening to a number of products, using them in different system configurations to get an idea of what aspects of performance are system-related and which travel with them regardless of associated components. Fun!
In current rotation are the Luxman L-590AXII Integrated Amplifier, darTZeel LHC-208, Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC, Bluesound Node 2i, and the Mytek Brooklyn Bridge. This process is weeks+ in the making as you will not find any rapid A/B comparisons here on TM. Why? Because rapid A/B comparisons are largely meaningless when it comes to determining what we prefer listening to music through over time.