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The differences between ACSS and XLR are the sound levels but I would be hard put to tell if one was better than the other.  SE v Balanced, I think there is a more of a difference but once again different sound levels.  I dont have M9   but the Ref 10.32 which is close I presume.   Sounds fantastic tho!
I think most of us who bought this are done to be honest.   There are no great improvement past this point.  You got one of the best dac/amp combos going.  Any differences are going to be very small past this point.    If you a person who  buys amp/dac combo you are probably  willing to compromise a little  on sound for the convenience (in reality you are probably not compromising)  so if you are sensible you are done.   Unless they suddenly come out with a codec that...
Improvements are generally small.   The change/improvement you will get with changing headphones/speakers is probably 10x the amount you will get with changing dacs/amps.  Thats my opinion having fannyed around changing these.  
Just a heads up here, the sound in this game is absolutely top notch!  The game is pretty good as well if you like space sims.
get an audio gd 10.32 and you are done. Great DAC, Great Amplifier.   Works perfectly with a balanced HD800 (standard lead).  
I really think you about as good as you get with an audio gd 10.32.   The difference between a cheap audio gd integrated and expensive integrated is subtle.  I think you can probably change the flavour of the sound but highly unlikely to get the sound better.  
The difference between correctly implemented chips is so subtle, its hard to really tell the difference.  I have an low end wolfson chip based DAC (nfb 12) and a mid priced R2R (audio gd ref 10.32) and the difference is there but its minor.  Yes the 10.32 is better but so is the amping on that dac.   Is the difference worth the 1500 dollar difference probably not but we all want to believe there is something better.   I am at my end game now after upgrading to HD800...
I have the Reference 10.32 with HD800 and can vouch its superb.  I do have my HD800 lead balanced.  End game for me !  (Rarely use my other phones HD650)
  with the soundstage of the HD800, this recording is brilliant!  You can really get a sense of the room size etc
I think any of the top end balanced audio gd dacs will be good.  Master 7, nfb-7 or nfb-8 will be brilliant with the master 9.  Very subtle differences between the 3 types of DAC.
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