I too am a new owner of the AM Tubadour 3. I owned a Denafrips Ares 2 prior and sold it after two weeks.
I had wanted an R2R with tubes but tried to cheap out with the Ares. Too harsh for me. Very detailed though.
Good Bass. So my question now is
-Upgrade the AM to the SE for about + $700
-Try the Pontus. Currently 30-45 days out. $1700
I think I will do the upgrade with Vlad.
Reason is the AM's open, organic sound. Also it makes my big speakers disappear.
I prefer the musicality aspect over the detail.
Jeff DAC review 2-21.docx