Wow Randy, seems you were quite busy posting whilst my Lazy Self was sleeping.
How is the Ear/Brain able to re-construct a intelligible stereo image, or sound amidst an onslaught of conflicting information? That's a Deep Science, and suggests the Ear/Brain is a highly evolved Data Processor with well developed Discriminator, and Filter "Circuits" that make Order out of Chaos*
My Own Peer Reviewed (Neighbors) Research as a Parent has concluded that this Discriminator/Filter system is most highly developed in Teenagers, whom with great Scientific Certainty, will hear ONLY what they choose to hear!
Alas, It's the same system that allows us to converse amidst the Acoustic Chaos of a Noisy City Street, while still able to receive, and respond to the Aural warnings of a rapidly approaching Bus!! In this case, the Audiophile would surely be struck, and killed as he remained in the Street debating if the Wailing Bus Horn sounded a bit "Boxy", or the Roaring Engine seemed a bit "Bloated"
"Geez Randy, those Screeching Tires are REALLY DYNAMIC, but they sounded far more Buttery last time I heard this..."
The Ear/Brain. Think of it as a Survival Tool for the rest of us
PS: Your ADI-2 DAC is exactly the same as the moment you unboxed it. You're Excited, making changes in the Room, and Very Focused upon the composite result.
The RME will always facilitate your ability to achieve great sound, but itself never changes. No Metamorphosis has occurred deep within..."It jus' dint" as they say here...
Your ADI-2 has no "Break in" That whole concept applied to purely electronic, modern device is simply not factual, and would swiftly die a horrible death in these pages. So..."let's not go there" ')
Best Regards, and Merry Christmas!
Enjoy your new ADI-2 DAC!
Vintage 2018 ADI-2 DAC. "Classic Edition"
Cables: Red Ones, and White Ones.
Speakers: Yes (2)