Right out of the box, KILLER difference. Not to take away anything from the prior dacs you’ve produced, you are going to win serious competitions with this one….. The soundstage is totally wide and open. [The DAC-2v2SE] is very responsive indeed. Its truly a different piece! I am really digging on the gray and lime display too. Love all the settings as well! This enters your DAC products into the KICK ASS category for me! It’s just very real…. There’s more there there…… if you know what I mean. Wait till this thing breaks in, holy Bananas Batman!