I was not sure how much this device could improve my system. Components are as follows: Sotm SMS200 network bridge, Chord 2Qute dac, Little Dot mkV headphone amp and Monoprice modern retro headphones. Apart from the headphones, this is not a cheap system and each component is generally highly respected. The SMS200 filters it’s USB output and the Chord galvanically isolates it’s USB input. So what could the ifi possibly do to improve the signal. Much more that I expected is the answer. Some reviews mentioned the character of their sound was altered and I don’t know if the comments were meant in a good or bad way.
I my case it’s all good. On playing the first track I immediately noticed the volume seemed to have increased. I suspect this is one of the benefits of the reduction in digital noise or hash, as it’s often described. Other benefits are noticeable silence in the background, expanded sound stage, greater separation between instruments and vocals and much more detail than I knew existed. That is my experience with my equipment so I can’t say everyone will hear the same. To my ears this is a worthwhile upgrade.