It would seem manufacturers are determined to get people that bought their amps some time ago to ditch existing DACs and get the new one that matches their amp (looking at you JDS and Monoprice and probably others)
Not sure I either understand or agree with this potential new trend.
Liquid Platinum. Not sure I want that. When are they coming out with Solid Platinum. That will sound much better.
This thing was announced eons ago. I think perhaps even the first 4499 device (or it could have been Gustard, my research skills on audio announcements isn't so good).
Don't know what's taking them so long.
Though in my opinion we have enough just plain-ol-DACs. I'd much rather see someone attempt and all-in-one DACAMP with the 4499. If not that, then give us a DAC with DSP like RME, or heck, make it a streamer like Matrix Audio. Otherwise it's just pretty meh these days.