Tyson, I'm hoping to get your feedback here.
I have a very simple, generally enjoyable system for mostly classical chamber music, acoustic jazz, and the occasional big orchestra, opera, big band jazz, or thumping pop tune.
I play standard CDs using this path:
NAD 516BEE optical out > Emotiva DC-1 DAC as DAC and preamp > Electron Kinetics Eagle 2 amp upgraded to 100,000 pF of power supply capacitance > Vandersteen 2C speakers on lead-filled stands.
I'm thinking about adding an iTube2 between the DAC and the power amp mostly out of curiosity since I'm already happy with my sound. Will any of its settings make a string quartet sound more lifelike? Piano, bass, drums, and tenor sax? The choir and vocal soloists in a Bach cantata?
I'm a working musician and music teacher who has invested much more of my money in my instruments than in my hi-fi. I know what real instruments sound like up close, far away, played well, played badly. I can tell when a trumpet section is using their C trumpets and when they're using their B-flat trumpets with my eyes closed.
Will any of the settings on the iTube2 make my simple hi-fi sound more lifelike?
I welcome anybody's input, but especially Tyson's because he is obviously an enthusiast with regard to this little unit.