Hi Phil. I just noticed your question above. I listen to most genres. Just yesterday I played Walton 2 (Karabits), Quincy Jones - The Quintessence, and Anouar Brahem - Thimar in one session. I have thousands of CDs ripped. It took quite some time to convince me to undertake the ripping of the classical CDs as the metadata required effort (solved by using dbPoweramp). Hence the time it took to part with the CDS3. Soundwise I lost nothing, gained convenience and have not looked back. CDX2 was brutally honest compared to the CDS3, and occasionally missed as a result. But when the recording is good the CDS3 shone. Again the NDX/XPS DR was up to this level for me.
Enjoy your journey.
@cdboy Thank you for your response. I am moving away from my CDX2 gradually like you.
The ripping is not an issue as I have all my CDs ripped (I had the loan of a UnitiServe in autumn 2016 and opted for the Core which then had issues so I abandoned both). I have both on loan again, and should get the NDX and another XPSDR this week.
What is throwing everything up in the air is that I got a refurbished Cisco 2960 8tc (64 €) yesterday, and now the nDAC + UnitiServe SSD is sounding as good as the CDX2 + XPSDR! It seems to me that the nDAC is sensitive to its sources which the 2960 have improved. I guess the next step is to put the XPSDR and SL IC back on the nDAC. If I get a big improvement then the only thing from the NDX I might miss is TIDAL. Some say TIDAL is not as good as streaming your own music though.
So I have to decide whether NDX with its inferior DAC to the nDAC is worth the money. The White papers for NDS, NDX and nDAC reveal that NDS and nDAC use the same DAC chip. Best to try NDX.