Volumio on RP3 usb into Chord Mojo or 2Qute sounds sooooo good that I stopped looking and reading DAC comparisons. Yes, it was a $500 leap of faith and I was ready to send it back if it wasn’t any better then my cheaper setup.
As long as Volumio doesn’t crash I’m not even tempted by any commercial solutions like SotM or Auralic, they are s lot more $$ outlay for the same thing that Volumio already does.
I can listen to my setup 24x7, no sound fatigue at all. I cannot find anything that is not right with the sound. If it is electronic there is plenty of bass to make my diaphragm shake, if it opera, mids, and highs are divine. Jazz sound sublime.
Chord DACs are so musical that all you do is just flow with the music, my music system disappears completely. They are very linear, by that I mean that all the frequencies are present at any volume level, nothing overemphasized if it is very quiet or very loud.