Originally Posted by cjr888
another person I talk to alot has sold off all his other sources, and preference wise definitely doesn't fall into the camp that would prefer a sound as clinical.
Hmm. . Sounds like someone I know.
Seriously though, I have heard the Lynx in three different systems, with quite a mix of gear, and I have not heard this harshness. I suppose you could get it, but it would depend on other components in the system.
A very important, and often overlooked variable on PC based systems is the power cord. As silly as it may sound, the power cord makes a bigger difference on this source, than on all my previous sources. With my system now, certain things might have a bit of bite, but only things that are supposed to have bite. Loud trumpet bursts from an Art Blakely tune can do this, and even some louder piano. This is no different from live, and it has never been harsh to the point where I want to change anything.
One thing to note is that the Lynx TWO/L22's have TONS of gain. Even in -10dB, the gain is much more than a standalone player, or DAC. If one happens to have compressed recordings, as all of us do, this could cause the sound to become irritating b/c the thing is so accurate, and won't creat false dynamics, and smoothing. The way I deal with those discs is ReplayGain. That works VERY well.