The PCM1796 is an oversampling part, an obvious violation of your previous DAC dogma.
It's very difficult to have a meaningful discussion with someone who has his own private meanings for otherwise universally understood concepts:
Sonic's position is: "Eat sh*t - a million flies can't be wrong". :)
I think Sonic, and many like him, don't believe that acoustics is a branch of science. They seem to attribute 'mystic-like' qualities to components - qualities which can only be decided by listening and which cannot be measured in any way. They have an ultimate faith in their hearing and no amount of scientific evidence which shows how easily the human ear/brain is deceived holds any sway with them. All the work of the great acousticians such as F. Alton Everest, Floyd Toole, Sean Olive etc mean nothing to Sonic - he takes the view that his ears know best.
Many have compared this attitude with religious belief and, of course, one cannot logically discuss faith, by definition, so any attempts to persuade the Sonics of the world that he is wrong fall on stony ground. It is unfortunate because if these guys would open their minds just a little bit, they would get the chance to vastly improve their SQ, and at a far lower price than they currently spend. I mean, in the end, even the Catholic Church had to recognise that Copernicus/Galileo was actually right. Such recognition did them no harm, and their ultimate faith is unaffected.
@Sonic - buddy, I am not dissing you personally here. I am just using you as an illustration of the kind of guys I am talking about.
The one that comes inside the gear you probably already own would get my vote.
Why does it have to be 'going against the crowd"? It is perfectly acceptable to score the results of the listening tests privately so nobody which you have chosen. This seems to be just more supposition on your part.
Why is there more stress doing the listening test the blind ABX way than doing it your way? I don't follow that...