Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm completely new to the world of DACs and this thing was my first purchase based on the rave reviews it got everywhere on the web (I didn't know anything about the "drama" review before I bought it, and I found out by accident while doing searches for additional information/reviews).
I do love the sound of this thing a lot. I'm not using it for headphones, I have it hooked up to my desktop to my receiver so I can listen to my Wharfedales.
I tend not to listen to my music loudly so you're saying what that really means is I'm just not getting the full dynamic range, the actual resolution is still the same. That's what I was confused about, then. It still makes me mad even knowing that but I guess I can't have everything. I was thinking about upgrading this to the SE but I'm unsure now. Does anyone know if it has the same issues as the udac-2 normal one? (I assume it does)
I've heard good things about the Music Streamer IIs except I've heard they're louder so if you, I guess, turn down the volume of the computer....would that in effect, do the same thing as this thing with the lowering of the dynamic range? Sorry, but I'm a technical ignoramus when it comes to technical knowledge of these things. (I know what sounds good, though)
Would you guys say the UCA202 or HRT MSIIs are a significant upgrade in sound quality than this thing? What about the V-DAC which I've also read good things about?