Donald, the MK II is a game changer. We were thinking to I2S as a dogma sculptured in the rock and all at once Ted says “I suggest you to consider the USB input as well” and, as usual, he was right. He made the revolution!
I remember last summer, when I studied the Innuos philosophy, based on USB connection, we all were so skeptical about it and I considered that choice as a limitation. The Matrix thread on this Forum has been the most read, at that time, not to mention the AirLens zillion posts.
I have to admit that a few of us weren’t so sure about the unconditional I2S supremacy, @stevensegal was debating about USB performance related to certain products (Innuos) and @aangen was declaring from the top of his hill that he was so happy going AES/EBU (MU1 or Ethos) regardless DSD multiple resolutions.
How different is the scenario now! Vince went to dCS route and you discovered the Omega and I feel is growing the general consensus about possible I2S alternatives, we considered unthinkable before. I don’t think the cable you are using has the merit of this mind change, I’m quite sure it comes from Ted genius after he designed the MK II, honestly.
As per your question: you can’t imagine how many CDs I’m playing (again) during last days via PST/MSB AES/EBU connection, I’m loving them again. And it’s very odd, thinking about the perfect equivalence in sound quality I finally discovered using the MSB both streaming and playing CDs. Why this never happened before with PST/MK II combo via I2S? I really don’t know, sorry.
Let me say that I’m experiencing a sort of different attitude, following more the music than other technical reasons and happily jumping from Qobuz to CDs indifferently in a totally casual and illogical way. It’s so fun, I’m literally enjoying the music so much, especially jazz albums I was rarely listen to during last months.
A big smile on my face is talking more than other possible audiophile words, my friend. It seems I’m learning another lesson along my journey in this crazy hobby.