So as not to incur the wrath of Crusty ... ( in all good humor! And thank you Crusty for all of your invaluable and spot-on accurate information, not to mention your characteristic and much appreciated brevity ) ... I really want an Arcam stand-alone DAC. Tomorrow. I know that others have mentioned this in various threads. But I'm mentioning it again regardless. I'm ready to let my MacBook Pro do a digitial feed to a DAC, and I want an Arcam DAC. The new Mac UI and beautifully simple remote control that manages audio, video, and images is very compelling. Unfortunately, the Mac DAC, no suprise, leaves something ( a lot ) to be desired. I know, there are other DACs out there, but we want to keep it all Arcam here.