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My RAAL's never, ever get harsh no matter what the volume. Since it looks like you are using a laptop as your source the Audioquest Jitterbug will clean up some of the high frequency harshness.MusicDirect has a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee.http://www.musicdirect.com/p-333558-audioquest-jitterbug-usb-filter.aspxUltimately to eliminate all hardness you would need use the noisy laptop as a source/server and to move to a C.A.P.S. server with a Paul Pang USB card and linear regulated power supplies or an Auralic Aries.
1. My guess is that the RAAL's might be a bit too efficient in a small two way? You might consider sending them to GR research for measurements and consultation. Danny's designs usually have a very sweet detailed top end. Not all designers and end-users have the same overall tonal preferences. He will let you know if he can rework the crossover for sound more to your preferences or if they are indeed optimized and you should focus on your electronics.2 . It's also possible that the AVA amp while being gutsy, might be clipping at louder volumes? Smaller speakers tend to like LOTS of power.
I don't believe you need to switch sources at all.
Maybe it's just the room?
A computer straight into a DAC is really not ideal.
A computer straight into a DAC is really not ideal. I'm not familiar with the AVA DAC but would highly recommend trying it vs the ifi just to see...
Do you have your USB power isolated? Or from another source? Do you have as much trouble with CD?As we get older we often just can't talk ourselves into things we don't enjoy, and can now recognize.I'm nearly 100% sure I can make your system listenable at higher volumes. PM me, please. (If you have modest DIY skills it'll be cheap too)
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