i am in the market for a DAC. Considering an Amber, used L4 (g3 or higher) or Audio Note 3.1 SE. As of right now, only playing RB and SACDs. Next year I will get a music computer together. There seems little user comments on the Amber compared to the higher models. I do like the Amber having DSD, which most L4 do not have. The L4 seems like it would give me the sound I am looking for and the Amber might be missing some of the magic the L4 or higher models offers. The Audio Note may sound like a Koetsu Black cartridge, while having the mids that I'm looking for but missing on other points. My gut is favoring the L4.
Musicality comes first. My system is pretty good except for the digital. EVS modded Sony DVD player, First Sound pre, Quicksilver MS190 or RM9 Mk 2, Soundlab A3 with AU transformer all wire with Magnan or Music Advancement Co cables.
6N6P tube used in some of the Lamps should give me the sound I want more that 6922 or equivalent.