My LCD shield arrived from the Netherlands so I was able to tidy up the display portion of my DAC project. The shield or PCB just required some header pins added to plug it directly into the Arduino UNO board and for harness connectors. Three harnesses connect the LCD, rotary encoder and IR receiver for the remote. Another harness (seen in the fourth picture) connects to the DAC board. You can see how the shield makes for a much neater install.
Other components mounted on the shield are the level converter that drops 5v down to 3.5 for the Buffalo III I2C (two wire serial control) header. Also on the shield is a MCP42010 two channel digital resistor to control LCD backlighting, also via remote. Up a couple of posts I had already added the I2C control of the LCD which makes for a significant reduction in wires to the LCD screen.
I got the shield from CE-designs and it ran me 5 euro or $6.47 plus postage.
Aside from some fine tuning on the code, getting a nice enclosure is up next. In the final build, I'll add a USB cable/input so I can program the Arduino without removing the cover.