Ha, well I'm happy that I could help you there by drawing it to your attention. It is a pricey thing for $100 considering what it does.
I'm on the fence. Sure, it's not distorting now, but it still sounds oh-so similar to my on-board .. =/
Yeah, thanks for that! I'm glad it was brought to my attention. The main difference I could tell was lack of impact. Not "boomy" bass as much as it was being able to feel each drumbeat, and the DAC seemed to detract from this, probably because it was designed to a be balanced sound. I didn't hear a difference in soundstage though. The cable just got here, but the DAC is all packed up ready to get sent back so I guess it won't see any use. =/ Although it does look really nice inside the packaging...
I tried the included cable against a $3 USB A-B I have, and there's definitely a difference, mostly in volume. The included cable is noticeably louder.