Jeff: thanks for the shipping data; it really helped !
I do really know that a firmware update will be to add some new features than to fix existing ones; but I asked just in case ...
I do love the NAD 208-THX; it's quite a good amp; built like a tank with plenty of reserve and can drive almost any speaker you can through at, no matter the impedance.
I've been looking for a product like the 8-QS for almost some time; the idea to replace the pre-amp with some high-end converter is nothing new to me; to be quite frankly these days a high-end preamp doesn't make sense anymore (nor do sources) because we all do have (or will have anytime soon for others) our entire media collections on disk arrays so I think one should spend on the best DA converter he can afford and nothing else ... assuming of course power and speakers are already in place; Yamaha NS-10Ms in my case.
By the way if you want to know why I went for this product (for example instead of the Rosetta 800):
1. because being an engineer I do like when I see real-engineering done and not stupid-turnarounds with fancy names (AudioPhile 2496 turning off the outputs to achive the ?fantastic engineering achievment? of complete silence or DigiDesign claiming for so many years what incredible technology they were doing (costing many many grands of course) to end up buying M-Audio with all that this mean and the like just to name a few)
2. because I've been following RME for quite some years and you gained a reputation for things done and working the right way, not for marketing and trumpeting and then checking how it can be done
3. I choose MADI because when one fiber I'm able to place the computers far away; in the basement, and all I need is the 8QS near me giving me a multi-channel surround-sound setup that far exceeds many high-end audio setups I been checking lately, Krell and the like, in most cases thousands and thousands of dollars for fancy names and nothing more.
4. because the included REMOTE with the VOLUME knob !!! It's all I use on a preamp anyway. With the store/recall setting I'm able to set the max level that don't harm the monitors; remember the 208 is a 250Watt beast and obviously I can not depend on software controlled volume; it's too dangerous. I've seen horror stories !
All in all HDSPe MADI rocks and the 8QS rocks even more !
Thanks for the fast responses !
I really do appreciate that !
viele danke !