Responses from yage

Breaking (burning) in new DAC
What @jimmy2615 said.   Personally, I would just listen to the DAC right out of the box and let the 'burn-in' happen naturally.  
Music streamer capable 24/96 PCM output on DSD files
What DAC are you using?  
Berkeley Audio Design and MQA?
@erik_squires  We already have technology that can do this and you don't need to pay a third part to use it - cryptographic hashes.  
help! no sound
Sounds like the amp needs to be repaired.  
Berkeley Audio Design and MQA?
To sell DACs.  
About ready to give up on Roon and my streamer
Maybe the expansion slot you're using for I2S / USB is defective since you're getting the same result as before. Try SPDIF between the Pulse Mini and the DAC and see if you hear the same thing.  
Streaming upgrade from Cambridge Audio cxn v2
if the dac has a reasonable sized buffer, shouldn’t it make up for the weakness in the streamer? You’re on the right track - these days most digital inputs are buffered so the digital interface and streamer have less and less of an impact on so... 
Best Audiophile desktop for under $2500?
@deanshias  A workstation is definitely overkill for audio applications. If you're only using the PC for audio purposes and not 3D CAD / rendering then save yourself some bucks and get something like a Beelink EQ12 - link.   You can pop the top... 
What is going on here? Streamer or DAC?
Sounds like a good plan.  
What is going on here? Streamer or DAC?
It could also be some other streamer component going bad like a RAM module, the storage for the OS, or the CPU itself.   It can be hard to narrow down the culprit unless you can log into the operating system remotely, e.g. using something like s... 
Ethernet cables
1. Yes Cat8 is the highest rated cabling but guess what - Gigabit Ethernet has been around for a long time (~1998) and only in 2027 is it projected to overtake 100 Mbps. See https://www.lightwaveonline.com/home/article/14302651/gigabit-ethernet-se... 
Ethernet cables
@audphile1 How is Cat 6A obsolete? Seeing as how streamers that cost thousands of dollars already use obsolete processors and gigabit Ethernet, I think most audiophiles will be ok.  
What makes One Music Server Sound Better than Another?
The point of this thread is to ask, how come I perceive the the DejaVu server as sounding better than the Antipdes DX? Were you doing sighted listening tests?  
Ethernet cables
I suggest the Blue Jeans Cat 5e (Belden 1700A) patch cable - https://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/data-cables/index.htm. Proven performance as every cable is tested before it ships to make sure it's within spec (you're given the test printout in t... 
DAC Output Splitter
In that case I would look for a SPDIF switcher like the following:   https://inday.com/da4x.html https://www.cs1.net/products/cable_solutions/DAS-001.htm