I am shamelessly tagging this thread. I have a Dlink III as well and am interested in whatever further posts occur. I am not a DIY'er where soldering is involved, but I can learn.
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Been there, done that with several digital cables. This issue has been present on all. Also done many audiophile cap upgrades on multiple components with the only fiasco being a first attempt on an Oppo DV-970HD died(second attempt succeeded). The Dlink III power supply caps aren't mini components so swap out and soldering will be easy, may have to use a razor blade after desolder if they used an adhesive ring between cap and board. Note that Cullen mods used to be popular on the Dlink III before they went on to other things... the DAC can be made better.
In general I find that better grade caps reduce irritating sound components and improve the richness of the mid range.
Barring any better candidates than the Mundorfs, I'll pull the trigger and order these Friday, probably be about 2 weeks between order and when I have them installed with some time to assess.
I have been using the PS Audio DL lll for about 1 year now with my Ayre integrated and Ayre Cd. If anything th feed from my DL lll is a bit warm and smooth (and more powerful signal) than my CDP. The DL lll is fed from my Sonos via digital copper cable, and then out to the Ayre via balanced XLR cable. It is hard to do a/b testing against the Ayre CDP -- due to the power feed difference. I need to increase the volume on the CDP by 3-4 dB in order to match the DL lll. Has anyone else had this issue? Overall even with my Ayre solid state integrated the DL lll seems more warm and relaxed not harsh. Finally, there seems to be universal agreement that the DL lll does not do well with a USB connection -- and the copper seems superior to optical cable IMO. Shawn
When I grew out of the DLIII for the same reasons as you, it was a better deal to sell it and buy a better DAC. unless you really like working on your equipment. Your resale price of DIY components is often less. I bought an Eastern Electric tubed DAC and it was much better. I got a good price for the PSA DLIII. it was my first DAC and is still a great sounding one. Technology is changing rapidly and DACs continue to improve. Good luck.
thanks Tgrisham. thinking about it you are correct, no guarantees this will make the DAC better and I do want to be able to sell this easily in the spring after buying a better DAC. The stuff I have modded has always been equipment I have no intention to part with. So will set this project aside and move onto others.