Don't get too anxious about replacing the cord on this unit. Out of the box it sounded like a POS. Mine is now about 6 weeks old, I ran it continuously for 7 days and have have used it 2 to 3 hours a day ever since and its just now smoothing out and becoming competitive with my other DAC/CDP's now. I'm just using a heavy guage Belden PC. Wait 'til you are no longer noticing changes before you start checking out PC's. FWIW, since I'm sure you will play with it, driving an amp direct didn't work well for me at all - too much shift in tonal balance. FWIW I'm really starting to like the unit's sonic signature. The highs are now much smoother, less prominent because of that, the mids are very detailed, and the bass very dynamic. Much different overall presentation than my other stuff. My first non tube thingee in many years!
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