The DAC-2v2SE is a definite step up in sonic quality from the previous version. Not only do the DSD formats sound incredible, but my redbook rips have never sounded better. I am hearing improved soundstage, additional clarity, and more transparency than ever before. This DAC gets me one step closer to the impression that I am listening to live music. I love the flexibility that the filters and jitter eliminator provide so I can tweak the sound to my individual taste. Prior to the ES9038PRO upgrade I compared my DAC-2 DSDSE with a Mcintosh D100 I purchased. Let’s just say that the McIntosh didn’t stay around for very long.