OK Struts you finally managed to cajole me into posting and I hope the following helps
One of the unfortunate difficulties with the audio hobby is the continental divide between America and Europe, and also Asia-Japan.
This divide can make it incredibly difficult to hear or even purchase some of the great products to emerge in their respective regions, and for some the Devialet will unfortunately be one of those products for those in the USA for now.
Living in Europe I am one of the fortunate ones who has had the pleasure to audition and then purchase the Devialet, which I am happy to share my experience.
Background leading to the Devialet:
I came across the Devialet just at the time when I was looking to purchase a reference level preamp (the best you can buy that I appreciate is very subjective but also includes state of the art performance-measurements) without being the stratosperic high end.
For me this was the