Hi Steve! Congrats on the new DAC.
I have been discussing preamps vs. DAC>AMP lately, and I use an Antelope Gold right now running into SE EL34 straight tube amp.
I'm curious your thoughts on the effects that would result when using the final drive with a well-implemented output stage on a DAC, going DAC (XLR) > AMP (SE RCA). Even with a solid output stage on the DAC, I'm imagine the FD will offer an improvement, the question is, how much?