Yep, my CAL Alpha DAC is back & singing it's wonderful music. It was an easy fix according to Stephen & is surely welcomed back. But since this weather has been so crappy this winter & I'm just so sick & tired of it I figured I needed a diversion. When my CAL was in for repairs I did a lot of reading up on various DAC's that are now available without having to remortgage the house. The two that really caught my eye were the CHORD QuatHD DAC & the TEAC UD-501. The CHORD is over 2x the price of the TEAC & is not readably available for home audition. The TEAC on the other hand is readably available & is slated for delivery on Tues. It's packed w/ features & plays anything you could possibly throw at it. The one feature I like about it is that you can choose to have it upsample or not to upsample & you have a choice of three filters for Redbook playback & 4 filters for USB DSD. Both DAC's have received stellar reviews but the CHORD is a different animal that hopefully some day will be in my possession, not just now though. I'm not looking to replace the CAL but if the TEAC pleases me enough I just might start a collection of DAC's that I can roll in & out as the mood strikes. I'll post back later with my findings after it's been up & running for awhile.