The HAT size forced the use of small SMT components, plus the DAC itself is fine pitch. The only option I could think of is to leave all the through hole off, but we worry about the level of quality required even for that. It would likely have to be offered without warranty. I wonder if that would be of any value under those circumstances.
Also, please see the thread for this over on Add-Ons. I posted here by mistake. Sorry.