Quote Originally Posted by funkafize
Off the bat, I don't know if my monitoring is good enough to tell the differences between the converters. I use a Digi 002 rack for my monitors, so I'm necessarily limited by its DA converters.

I'm also using an Alesis Poweramp into Passive Event 20/20's, so I don't know if this poweramp, speaker cable, and monitor combination is true enough to reveal the differences.

Third, my ears aren't very trained. I've done some listening exercises, and I've been mixing for a little over a year, so I'm very much a beginner.

But still, I was way off on some of my estimates!

I'd bet you have good ears, and you need better monitoring than the 002 converters and Alesis/Events. What you're "liking" is the net result of bad monitoring plus the tests ... not very helpful.