@audionoobie. Yes definitely an improvement with the DAC3. People either love the Benchmarks or hate them. Dollar for dollar, I think it's the best DAC available-so versatile with an awesome HP amp built in. I just figured you wanted to stay within the Mytek family.
Thanks. Yeah the Prestiges come off a tad bright. I'm saving up for a pair of Audio Physics....some day. As far as DAC goes-that Mytek Brooklyn looks awesome. I'd get one but my priority now are loudspeakers.
Looks like you've certainly done your homework. I think the room is fine. If you dont like the STR, I'd humbly suggest selling it and upgrading the DAC. How is the build quality on the GIK traps? I considered them recently. Mike.