The new DAC board significantly betters the old one in every respect. I didn't think it would be possible to get such a leap in performance from what seem like minor revisions.
Now that there's no need to perform surgery on the board, I would say the assembled board offered by Audio Creative is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a great DAC, but who doesn't want to put the board together.
I remember being down an American gold mine being told that you could go to prison for many years if someone got hurt as a result of you breaching lift protocol. Danger surrounded you ! Another that struck me, was the awful noise from drills and other machinery. It really was shocking.
And they were only on for brief seconds to demonstrate. I couldn't work down there.
There was/is a real sense of cameraderie between miners. Your life depended on the men around you and theirs on you. I really enjoyed my time working at Kellngley colliery. Although I was only taking materials in to the coal face and the heading it was dangerous if you didn't follow instructions to the letter. My dad had pneumoconiosis from his lifetime of working down the mines; shotfirer and deputy.
Yea, they swore like troopers down the pit, but not on the surface with wife and family and neighbours and absolutely NEVER in front of women, in my experience. I remember the clips round the ear I got from using "pit talk".