I was wondering if anyone with some experience could comment on how the nova's preamp only section stacks up to what is available for under $1500. I have seen it written that as a DAC/pre it is a great bargain, but, cost/benefit aside, how does it perform in a more absolute sense. I have a sonos and am using a older, low end receiver as a pre while looking to upgrade. Ideally I'd like to get into something like a rogue perseus but that would require waiting longer and still buying a DAC. I like the feature set, but if it isn't going to raise the bar that much higher then it may not be worth it. As a note I do require a HT bypass so that is one reason it is on my radar. For reference, I would be using it with an Emotiva amp, Sonos player, Oppo SE and PSB speakers (will be changed soon).
Also to the TAS staff, Peachtree is about to release the iDAC and iNova to the market with notable improvents. It would be interesting to see these reviewed (ESS Sabre 9016 and iPod docks on both!).