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For what it's worth, I still consider the CMA800R a very high level amp, and find the dual mono stack competitive with end game amps. For my preferences, the double stack falls slightly behind the V281 and Pass HPA-1. But it beats the Simaudio 430HA, Woo WA22, and McIntosh MHA100 by a large margin, while edging out the Taurus and Apex Peak/Volcano in most situations. I'd still take a single CMA800R over the Woo and McIntosh and maybe the Simaudio as well. 
It actually does change the output impedance, tapping different windings on the output transformers.
That's a great point - I see MQA as primarily a streaming "format" as that's the only use I'll have for it. Obviously they have bigger goals in mind than just streaming, but I, like you, am not interested in that. I'd like to see a ton of MQA support which might entice more users to Tidal (or any other service that pops up with lossless streaming) but for purchases I think it is very limited in scope. 
The Matrix Pro is actually out already. I've been discussing it as part of another thread - see HERE for a bit more. You'll have to wade through some discussion of their X-Server though.   I had an X-Sabre Pro in for a bit, just to test it out. Very, very impressive. I think you'll be hearing a lot more from happy users as they continue shipping from the pre-orders. This is a significant leap forward over the first (already very nice) X-Sabre.  
 As of now the plan involves a regular version of the X-Server with ES9028 Pro, and then a higher end model with ES9038 Pro and Femto clocks. Don't know if that will end up being true upon final release but it seems like a good idea to me. Then again, I'd still very much like a stand-alone version regardless. As good as their DAC solution is, I still prefer my Resonessence Labs Invicta Mirus Pro.
 MQA is a quagmire right now. See THIS post where even the pro journalists and DAC designers seem confused about it. My quick summary - Tidal can decode MQA for every DAC to reap at least some theoretical benefit. I'm seeing 96kHz from a Windows PC running Tidal paired with various non-MQA DACs. There's also another "layer" of optimization with the time-domain performance and that aspect requires an MQA-capable DAC in order to access.  It's important to note the possible...
  It's not terrible, but not amazing either. I'd say it's actually pretty good if judged by the price alone - not many sub-$300 DACs sounds halfway decent like the add-on card does. However, for the capabilities of this amp, it's not up to the level you need to take full advantage.
  It's good on SE and even better on balanced. Not as large of a difference as with some other headphones though. 
 I have been meaning to shoot an email to the Resonessence team asking about this very thing. I will do so and post here when I learn more. From what I understand there is a licensing fee involved and it isn't tiny, so we'll see how many companies are willing to jump on board. DSD capability became a huge marketing draw but that was free from licensing, while MQA is not. Will be interesting to see where it goes. There's also the software decoding option, which should...
  This is definitely something Arthur discussed with Matrix - separates make total sense when you already have an established DAC lineup. Remember Matrix has their Quattro DAC, and the Mini models too. And there are quite a few X-Sabre users out there who will either keep their DAC (it's still great) or maybe move up to the Pro. All of these are in the target market for the X-Server, but it's a bit of a waste if that device has a nice DAC on board as well. In my mind (and...
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