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I've read everything I could find about MQA, and what killed it completely for me was two things. Firstly, the MQA tracks that wowed people were very likely modified as part of the MQA processing. Secondly, any magic they can do could easily be accomplished with PCM. I reckon that the technology is an outstanding bit of engineering, but the encoding is as completely unnecessary as DSD is.
I have a pair in for review now. So far the initial connection with my iPhone 6+ was a bit flakey, but after it settled I could play music without problems.  iOS 10 is known to have bluetooth issues so I'll also be using them with my computer. The only problem with that is that I can't get more than a moderate level from my Mac (running macOS Sierra).    Sound quality so far seems to be in line with recent, good $50 single-dynamic-driver IEMs, which is very good. The...
For me, the X7 is convenient to use with the Mojo as I can use it with TIDAL. What I need to test, as I progress slowly with my X7 review, is how it compares as a transport vs. my iPhone.
 Excuse the large letters, but  with what music and at what approximate listening volume (low/medium/high) out of what gear?  Music and volume make ALL the difference. I have cheap IEMs that sound fantastic at low and medium volumes to acoustic music, and fall apart quickly after that, or sound harsh and awful with modern pop and electronica. I've asked you to state this kind of thing before. Please do so for the sake of everyone. Just "They are great" or whatever...
Shamelessly pinching this post of high-end DAP impressions for here, as it is interesting (I haven't spent time with the AK300 or AK320 yet). I'm at the point with the X7 that I reckon if someone made a HM901-style balanced module for it (with OPA627s), that would be the best of both worlds, even if the X7 is a bit behind in detail retrieval.  
I second the 5760 tube recommendation. That was an absolutely gold find. I tried it with an adaptor in another amp that uses a 6SN7 for gain and it was just as good an upgrade.  I tried a couple of very neutral-sounding 6SN7s in the Vali 2 but I reckon the best results come with tubes that are a little coloured, which most are.
How about we just stick to saying that the 1Z has what Sony states are better components in it?
Interesting. The M1 Pro arrived and the only thing I've compared it to so far has been the AK380, which has a wider and clearer presentation.   @Deftone I'm not getting any emphasis at any frequency, so that might be caused by using multi-BA IEMs where the high output impedance would change the frequency response.
Some people will be sensitive to subtle differences, some people wont be. Sometimes it is the music they listen to or the quality of it. Someone who listens to high-quality recordings of piano or violin may be more sensitive to these things than someone who listens to electronica for example. Some people will have the opposite opinion about which is better. You'll get every opinion under the sun. It is the result of discussion of what amounts to subtleties in an hobby that...
I'm surprised nobody has come up with a vertical stand for the Mojo yet.
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