Originally Posted by jkeny
I was waiting until I had tested which one (or combination of attenuators) sounded the best on the output of the Hiface & should one be used at the transport end &/or at the DAC end
OK, here is where things get sticky.
What works best for you may not be best for the next guy. Yes, even if he has the same transport doo-hickey. How it interacts with the DAC input will make a difference. It has to be looked at as an entire system. Each part will interact with the others, so you can not get an absolute answer, just by looking at one thing in isolation.
Now, if you stick a cable in the middle, it really gets messy! You may have to play games with "magic connectors" on both ends.
Yes, one option would be to stick a magic connector in between the transport and the DAC. Only limitation is will they line up, without putting mechanical stress on each one.
Assumes that you can line up your gear so that it works that way. Solves the problem of no cable, and only one "magic connector" to futz with. Which may take all of the fun out of it.