your post above got me thinking...
so last night i downloaded J River media center 17.
and put the hiface evo back into the mix, with computer acting as a server.
and guess what? that pretty much levelled the playing field between the DACs.
they sounded a lot more alike than different with this transport.
so, what might be happening is that the W4S is more sensitive to transport related jitter than the Bryston.
thus, my very "average" (by audiophile standards) musical fidelity cd transport sounds pretty good with the bryston, but almost "mid-fi" from the W4S.
however, i am experiencing something of a revelation with J River.
i've been a foobar guy for about 2.5 years. and wow, it appears those 2.5 years were not wisely spent...
early impressions of J River are MUCH more favorable than foobar.
smoother, more analog. less strident all around.
all with a slightly deeper and more cohesive sound.
Well Brent, your post has now got me thinking too....looks like I'll be playing around with music players.