I agree after all I've been through. But if I couldn't afford to play about with boxes then you can still get more suitable and pleasing results switching cables with the current boxes. Quite dramatic actually.
The system was unlistenable with the TQ cables (Frantic - I don't doubt they are good cables though, but didn't work for this setup).
Now it's pretty pleasurable with Odyssey and Shawline. The Shawline has helped with the sharpness a bit too. As I said if I had to call it day here I could deal with it. But certainly not when I had the Rumour (Mega boom) or the TQ (Shrill and frantic).
Nigel Flynn recommended I try the Shawline before shipping off the 2Qute. Of he would! But it'a made a nice improvement to listening ease.
Not everyone will be able to go out and spend £1000 upgrading a box shortly after spending £4-5k on their system. And it should be possible to get pretty nice sound with a Chord DAC, A Naim XS2 and Proac speakers. Which I think I have achieved now. A feel less urgent to rush out and swap boxes.
Still trying a Hugo/Naim Dac though. Then a cap or a Supernait. Because I can.
And because I want to warm, smooth and round my system a bit more. I don't like clinical.