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By Matt Ashland, originally published at the J River MediaCenter Interact Forum on Jun 29, 2012.
As a result of this thread, I contacted several manufacturers of nice audio hardware.
George Klissarov, the owner of exaSound, was one of the first to reply. He sent me an e18 demo unit right away. Then he worked with me on several e18 + JRiver issues, helping improve the experience for both of our users.
The e18 is an audiophile 8 channel DAC. It competes primarily with other expensive audiophile DACs. More information here: http://www.exasound.com/e18DAC/Overview.aspx
User Testimonial - Craig Young
I started out on a quest for an integrated DVR/video and high-end digital-audio solution in the form of a home theatre PC (HTPC). The audio side required 6 channels to support 5.1 surround sound movies and must be audiophile quality for my music. It must output the analogue audio as RCA line-level to my hi-fi power-amps.