PC (S/PDIF)-> MUSE 4X TDA1543 DAC -> Little Dot MKIII -> HD650's
Over the past few months I've been building up my system and the last component was the MUSE DAC. I received the DAC today after about a week of running the system with just on board from the PC and as expected I had some inference and what not but I that's fine as I was expecting this. After a full day of trying all different types of songs with the DAC I have to say I've come to the conclusion it sounds worse than the on board. I know this is illogical, by all accounts the on board sounds is awful but I've had 3 different people in a blind listening test confirm what I thought. The bass when using the DAC seems less refined and not as crisp, also the sound stage seems much smaller with the highs sometimes becoming very sharp as if they're making a shhhh noise but with on board I don't get this effect. I'm panting a very negative picture of the output here but It's not unacceptably bad. I don't think the unit is defective but maybe you can shed some light on this front.
I do understand the MUSE DAC is not the best DAC in the world but it's all I could afford on my budget. Is this just a case of you pay for what you get or is it more than that. Thanks
Edit: Just as a side note the Motherboard is a Gigabite P67 UD3 which back in the day was a high end board could this have a better DAC than the muse?
Edited by cammac88 - 1/14/14 at 3:28pm