Yep, most of the times these "differences" are blown out of proportion.
Having said that I could relatively easily spot the difference between HiFace2 and iLink/iUSB combo, but till today still not sure that I will be able to tell iLink and AP2+PP apart in a blind test. They sounded identical on Burson Conductor and Chord DAC64.
Apollo, does your AP have PP or any inline USB conditioner?
Nope, no PP because I personally think $500 for that is bs. I'd rather spend $1500 to upgrade my amp to a GSX2 or something to make much more of a difference =_= But then again, I'd spend $3000 on something more useful in my life like investments/stocks/etc. or two nice Saint Crispin's shoes hehe. But if I were tied to audio, then getting an ASW Genius 400 speaker would make much more sense. This speaker made everything I own and have owned up to now sound pale in comparison.
Plus it wouldn't be fair to the Hiface2 anyways :P
LOL. Agree 100%, someone was asking in Conductor thread if OR-5 ($2K with Turboclock) would improve its sound. Speaking of lipstick on the pig.