Originally Posted by Clemmaster
The Audio-Gd amps are certainly less warm than the M-Stage.
Unless there's something warmer than the SA-31 (which I own) in the line-up, but I highly doubt it.
As for the DACs, the reference line (PCM1704) is dark, the other not so much (including the M7 from what I could read). They all have more (WM8741) or less (ES9018) warmth in their tone with meaty mids (almost wet?).
Well my M Stage does not have the stock OP amp [which is very warm, like the JDS Labs C5] the LME 49990 that's in there sounds a little punchier with a good tone. Again the Matrix and Dt 880 are wonderful with Reggae, Classical/Vocal Jazz and Nu Jazz,. Still, meaty almost wet mids sounds about right, the Dt 990 has VERY meaty mids, although they are still a touch dry. Where as the Dt 880 is a tad leaner but a little wetter
Meat for me indicates Weight or slight impact on the attack of the mids, where as Wettness or body hits the decay, the decay adds body, little to much decay and you get THICK mids, too little decay and you get a thinner mid. Combine the weight of the attack, with a quick decay and you get the 990, the dt 880 has... a little less attack and a tad more decay, making it to me sound a bit more Smooth, and interestingly for my enjoyement, the quicker tighter mids of the 990 are great with Classical, [Cellos are epic] but boring with Rock and Jazz, where as the Dt 880 does poor with classical, and better with Reggae and Jazz
Lastly, the W1000x has the best combo of Weighty attack and thick decay [wood cups thanks] making it my Rock and Vocal can... so I still expect these mid qualities to be evident and enhanced on the Audio GD 10ES2.
Either way, worst comes to worse I'll hate it and sell it super quick in head fi, but I doubt that will happen.
Interesting note the oDac has a ESS Sabre ES9023 Dac in it.... WHere as the AUdio GD 10ES2 has dual ESS Sabre ES9018... sounds like a winner to me! With the AUdio GD having a simmilar sound to the oDac [although with refinment and improvements im sure[
Edited by Mshenay - 8/28/13 at 2:42pm