You could also try changing DAP’s, though that is expensive. I have the Custom Encore and I also own a Cayin N8 which uses a tube. The tube softens the treble slightly without equalization, yet all the bloom and detail remain. The smoothness the N8 provides to the treble along with its strong bass is the reason I bought it. It also has equalization, but I feel it sounds best without it. They are a great match if you wish to try it out. Tks.