Adam- Given the rest of your system, I don't believe that the CJ DAC (and to a lesser degree the PD-65) are your best choices. Though I like many of CJ's products, their DACs require a lot of modifications, including better tubes, to sound great. If possible, I'd consider a different DAC and/or transport, or simply a CD player that will match your system and tastes. A used Polyfusion 800 DAC will certainly improve the sound and can be found occasionally at about $800. A used Sony XA7es CD player is an excellent CD/transport unit at around $1K that would allow you to dispense with the PD-65/CJ/digital cable. There are many other units and combinations that can provide you with the sound I think you're looking for at around the same price that you probably spent on your current digital equipment (around $1K ?). Good luck with your search. As an afterthought, some of the lowerend Monster stuff is quite limiting sonically. I'd suggest that you try to borrow some better cables just to eliminate this as a potential contributing culprit. Just my .02. Goodluck with your search.
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