CDs played through my CX-7eMP sound better flacs streamed via than the QB-9.
QB-9 sounds brighter and lacks the detail of the CD player. Its very frustrating. I've swapped cables around on my Pathos logos (always use balanced outputs). I've tried feeding the DAC from windows with asio4all vs linux/alsa/mpd. I can't get that amazing sound I get from most CDs I play from the CX-7.
Whereas I can switch of and focus on the music with the CD player the QB-9 somehow sounds more "digital", a little mushy and somehow not natural - my speakers being particularly fabulous for baroque music.
Speakers are Guarneri Homage. Cables JPS labs superconductor. I've got a JPS labs power cable plugged into the DAC.
Sorry this is a bit vague but since Stereophile gives the DAC a+ I am wondering if anyone has any recipes that make is sound optimal or has had similar experience of listening to CDs vs DACs.
Another dumb question but does the DAC pair well with other Ayre Kit ? I am considering swapping the logos for the K-5xe plus a power amp - maybe the Ayre V-5 or something else?