RichardT wrote:I’m hearing things I’ve never heard before - it’s great!
That's always a classic giveaway that you've managed better 'audio resolution'.
I can still a little smearing going on...
At the risk of incurring the wrath of sensible engineering-style folk, I've recently got significantly sharper imaging by exploring possible improvements to my cabling. First off I replaced some of my core mains cables (power amp, DAC, and PC) with better quality DIY ones (thicker 14 AWG cable, with decent quality mains plugs and IEC connectors that offered increased contact area and pressure, for lower impedance connections.
Then I treated all my mains plugs and distribution boards with DeOxit to remove any corrosion and further lower mains impedance, and finally I clipped on various ferrite beads to digital cables (Internet Router, USB etc.), as well as close to the output of various Switched Mode Power Supplies (to help prevent the inevitable RFI escaping into the outside world).
Total cost was only tens of pounds, but the difference in stereo imaging (i.e. lack of smearing) was astonishing!
Might be worth a try ;)