Hi Philip, I know it probably doesn’t matter to you anymore as you have gone full Matrix / Farad crazy, but I am finally listening to my system with the Shunyata Sigma USB cable plugged directly into the DSD, no Matrix in between. So it’s Signature Rendu Optical -> Shunyata Sigma USB-> DSD. It sounds wonderful. Does it sound as good as through the Matrix to a Revelation Audio Labs HDMI cable to the I2S input on the DSD? Probably not. I would hate to do a double blind test and try to pick out which is which. Now that you have identified massive changes after adding the Farad to your system I imagine a noticeable difference should exist.
Maybe you could try it and tell me. Yank that USB cable out of your Matrix and see how it sounds. If you hesitate to do so I fully understand.
I could listen to what I hear right now without the Matrix and be just fine with the sound. But I am going to put it back in and Exclaim OH MY GOD it’s like NIGHT AND DAY!!
And it will be, right?
Update: Mmmmmmmmuch better with the Matrix and the seems impossible to get Revelation Audio Labs HDMI cable even limited to an Sbooster plus add on thingy power supply. I guess I need to try the Farad next but I am going to wait until my most expensive yet Stealth Audio USB cable arrives.
It really surprises me how much better it sounds via the Matrix route. When listening to just the USB into the DSD I thought how could it get better than this. But it does. Veils lifted, more separation between instruments, wider and better defined soundstage, more precise imaging, it’s all there.
Final thought: if you are reading this and you are happy with your sound using an Evergreen Audioquest USB cable save your money and enjoy what you have. But if someone like me offers a Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 USB cable for sale for say, $450, SNAP THAT MOTHER UP!!!