I bought this, attached it to my USB cable and plugged it in to my Chord DAC. It is amazing.
There is no longer any bloat to the sound from the speakers. Before using this I had to be careful turning the volume up as I knew which notes and sounds would bloat and stand out badly. The sound is now ultra clear and “stays back” at the speakers”. No forced sound at all.
I never noticed any background noise before but I now know what silence means; I can hear way more going on in the music, details coming through from CD’s I have listened to for 30 years. When I listen to music now, it really does sound like I am in the studio with the artists. I can hear the reverb tails on vocals that were hidden before. Singers like Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion no longer have that screechy edge.
The sound is smooth and velvety and finding the sweet spot is so easy. The depth of the soundstage is brilliant, I can hear horns and drums that are way behind the violins. The whole sound is lighter and “free”. I can hear longer fade-outs on songs that I didn’t know existed before. The bass is deeper and thicker in a beautiful way and I find myself tapping my foot all the time where I never used to. I have to check that I am listening in stereo as the soundstage almost envelops me on some songs. Fantastic.
I cannot recommend this enough, even on expensive systems.