THE LITTLE DAC THAT DID—INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL, NATURAL MUSIC!
The Border Patrol SE-i DAC is quite petite. Two, red bricks side by side would give some measure to its volume, though the bricks would weigh far more. It is clean, well made, comely, though some would say cute, and it embodies the adage “do not judge it by its size or its cover.”
Do good products suffer bad reviews from poor equipment synergies? One has but to look across a reviewer’s supporting equipment to see how that might be true. And this is yet another reason why we do not pen bad reviews, because what if our synergistic pairings—cables, amps, DACs, headphones, etc.—were simply not copacetic with the piece of equipment in question? Then the error would be ours.
In my research of the Border Patrol SE-i DAC there were feuds, incriminations, calls of heresy for parts selection, multiple-same-periodical-testings/reviews, etc. heaped upon this “Little DAC That Did” and at times with vigor! The seed that I was able to discern from this research was that the Border Patrol SE-i DAC was musical and simple and old school. And that was enough to write Gary Dews of Border Patrol and ask for an SE-i to review. Soon a Border Patrol SE-i was on its way.