Part of the problem with the '1541 is that they run hot, and go kaput-ski too much for my taste. When I was making CD players, it was rare for any chip other than the '1541 to fail. Not more than 1 of any of the other chips failed (which impies that some had 0 failures), but the '1541.............!
I liked the AD1862. Too bad that AD didn't make a lot of money on them, and it is a tough process, so they are gone. The low-level linearity was much better than any of the B-B parts that I had to convert to as I changed over. Some felt that the bass had more impact on the B-B, but I can not confirm that.
The other thing about the '1541 that bugged me was the -1.8 mA (?) current at idle. Made for a nice offset on the typical op-amp I/V. Actually, it was part of the reason that I came up with my discrete I/V stage, as I could adjust one of the CCS one way for the '1541, and another setting for a B-B or AD DAC.
The B-Bs in general are ok..........but the later ones more resemble a mini-DSP/delta-sigma convertor with some extra gimmicks stuck onto the end to make current out. They use tricks like multiple DACs firing in a staggered sequence to prevent nasty current glitches. If you look at the data sheet, and wonder why so much current on the -12 V rail............now you know.
Yep, I miss the '1862. Probably the last true R-2R DAC there will ever be.
I had a TDA1541 for 17 !! years. Till a opamp failed. With checking the PS voltages i slipped with measure probe.
Now i can say: the 1541 doesn't like 15V on its output. But before that the 1541 kept playing.... and now i keep a sharp point on the probes also.....