I have a Maverick D1+ with factory upgraded op amps and valve. I bought it secondhand for the princely sum of $100 AUS (approx 60 quid) I reckon this is the bargain of the century. I use USB, Optical and Analogue inputs and the valve output. Its got a fabulous sound and I have got urge to replace it.
I notice on the latest version of the XiangSheng DAC the volume control only works on the headphone amp.
I also have a SMSL DAC which again is great value for money but was replaced by the Maverick due to convenience.
I use Windows Media Player to stream music from a HDD. Every so often it sits there and performs a volume leveling operation. Once completed I still have some tracks which are noticeably louder! It can be annoying as I do not have remote volume control.
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Over the year or so I've experimented a lot with ClassD (switching amps in general) and ended up with few preferable amps in hand as I didn't have time to move them on ... and C5i was at my office (before the switch over to active speakers) for some time as it's ideal for desktop duties or where space is at premium. So no particular reason as reflection on C5i quality, just a bit of clear-out.