I just now got my new Benchmark DAC1 hooked up to take an initial listen and I just thought I would post my initial impressions in a decidedly In Progress set up as stuff rolls in.
The first thing that I noticed was soundstage and placement improvement. I am playing Madonna's Confessions Tour Live album and it sounds incredibly spacious.
Before it sounded good to my ears but the soundstage now has deepened and widened considerably. Definitely more 3 dimensional. I am a bit surprised to be honest.
So far a definite inprovement in the digital front end....