It could be worse, much much worse. At the end of last year I bought a Nad 368 amp with BluOS module installed. The perfect Roon-Ready amp, or so I thought… The amp itself has three separate sets of software; one for the amp, one for the display and one for the Bluetooth module. Each of these has to be installed individually, by downloading the software onto a USB stick, inserting it into a specific socket on the amp, and rebooting with a specific button press sequence on the front panel. The BluOS module looks after its own software updates via ethernet. These happen automatically and you just get told to reboot the amp as and when it does it (no choice). Just to make this whole palaver even more ridiculous, the Bluetooth software in the amp cannot be updated without physically removing the BluOS module from the back of the amp; yes really!
Just to finish, in reference to Henry’s point about not trusting the internet, it was the BluOS software update that broke the amp! Due to complete lack of integration testing between BluOS and the NAD amplifier, the latest BluOS update caused a regular ‘freeze’ of the amp on start up. As this happened virtually every other time I switched the amp on out of Standby, it went back for a refund. NAD support said they were working on a fix (and I think this was released in March).
Back on topic, I bought a new DAC today, to be delivered Wednesday, one of those mentioned in the thread title. Will report back when it is up and running later in the week.