schiit have in my opinion made the right decision.
Schiit owners can listen to MQA through Tidal Destop App or Roon (when it's ugraded to support Tidal MQA).
I respect Schiit's integrity and transparency.
So far I am really impressed with Roon. One thing I think could be better is licencing. I want the ability to have a second PC managing a second library. I dont mind paying more just not happy with a whole second licence fee.
Roon's integration with Tidal streaming service is superb amd a great way to find new music. All of Roon's suggestions so far have been great. The interface is very simple and the metdata engine behind it seems more powerful than JRiver to...
I suppose its a bit like the 3 Bears porridge.
The Phoenix was warm but lack a bit of detail, The Master 5, 6 & 8 were very detailed but could sound a little clinical to some, the master 9 is "just right" more detailed than even the master 5, 6 & 8 but more organic sounding.
Comparing them to Audio-gd DACs I would say the Phoenix was like the reference 1/ 7, the Master 5, 6 & 8 like the NFB7 and the Master 9 more like the Master 7.
The Phoenix is still a great headphone amp in my opinion and even as a preamp was better than the Linn I had prior to getting it.
The Phoenix is much more neutral I.e. Less warm through acss inputs however.
One of the biggest improvements with the master series pre and headphone amps was improving the quality of the xlr and RCA inputs.
I didnt really notice an difference between the master 5, 6 & 8 except with the hifiman he6's which preferred the higher power of the 6...
Yes to say that any external usb converter would be better than the internal usb32 implementation is absolute rubbish.
The M2Tech Evo without external clock and battery PSU definitely isnt better. I'm not even convinced that my Audiophilleo 1 is.
I believe that the PC usb32 driver is a lot of the problem as usb32 sounds much better on OSX Mavericks integer mode driver.
Personally I would love Kingwa to make a higher end version of the Master 7 perhaps 3 box...
I think the USB32 input on the Master 7 is very good, in fact I would rate it as great under integer mode on OSX.
Windows drivers don't sound as good as OSX integer drivers to me though.
I2S input on the Master 7 is a step above any other inputs though as far as neutrality and detail. This is using A-g Reference 5 digital converter with usb32, TCXO and I2S upgrades.
BNC input is better than the RCA digital input on the Master 7 and I plug my A-g CD7FV into the...
My Master 9 has finally arrived and I am pleased to say the upgrade from the Master 8 was very worthwhile. The improvement in detail is immediately apparent. The A-g CD7FV, Master 7, Master 9, Sennheiser HD800 combo is absolutely gorgeous.
Now if only M2Tech would only come up with a OSX Mavericks Evo driver so I could ditch the Master 7s inbuilt USB32 I would be fully happy. In my opinion though it does take the full M2Tech Evo stack to surpass the inbuilt...