Sell the EAD T-7000, and buy the newest version of the Electrocompaniet EMC-1 cd player, which has 24 bit / 192 kHz upsampling.
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I 'm glad you've mentioned the woefully over-looked and under-priced Kora Hermes DAC. The people of France (Kora's home) are deft at incorporating art with technologically advance components and design architecture; visit the Lourve and you'll see what I mean. The DAC's sonic dynamism, in conjunction with an noticeable sense of being palpable, provides an engrossing sound that defies its monetary cost. If there is one caveat, it would be this: The triode tube output slows the tempo of music considerably. But this may be offset by using a swift SS amp (i.e. Goldmund). In conclusion, interposing the Hermes into your digital chain would certainly ameliorate the sound you currently have now. Happy listening.
I can understand your hesitation given the current state of digital. If you are interested in the EVS Millennium II, you've got nothing to lose. Ric offers a true 30 day trial with NO hassle returns if you're not completely happy with it. I found it to offer all the detail and speed of a SS device with the smoothness, delicacy, air, depth, soundstage, imaging and warmth of a tube device. Literally, the best of both worlds at a bargain price.
While i haven't heard the latest Electrocompaniet CD player, the previous "non upsampling" model was quite excellent. I was not real familiar with the system but it was very engaging none the less. Sean