Was about to chuck my Conductor out the window tonight, but then I remembered my engineering trouble-shooting logic and greatness has been re-achieved in the land of Conductor/LCD-3F.
So I finally got around to installing the CM3361A module I got from Australia a number of months back and the surgery was successful (or so I thought). Then when I went to listen to it there were intermittent/periodic pops/clicks in the music. Doh! Super distracting and fatal from a hi-fi point of view. Was also very frustrating since in swapping out a component that was supposed to make it sound better and remove artifacts I had done just the opposite!
Then it hit me - "hey idiot, update the driver!". Oh yeah, forgot to check that. Sure enough I was trying to drive the CM3361A with the old Tenor driver. Whoops! So downloaded the proper driver, installed it successfully, rebooted the old ThinkPad and now all is good in the world again. Ah, sweet music.
So if any of you are having issues with the Conductor making pops and clicks (other than when turning the volume knob of course) look to make sure you have the correct driver in place.
Also now having listened to the Conductor with the CM3361A in place for a while I do think it sounds incrementally but noticeably better than it did with the Tenor module. Little more clarity/transparency, longer-lasting harmonics, etc. Solid upgrade for only $65! Thanks for listening to me rant.