I think Clem said it great too. I can add this to it. The pwd mkii is best sounding with the bridge or hdmi i2s. Input
The USB is not as clean as the others. But the difference in the DAC is still as Clem says
Now I can also say if the music you listen to is high quality. The the pdwmkii is ok.
But the M7 is a little more easy on the ears with less than high quality. I think Clem will agree
With me in this. And one more thing to consider is cost. At 4k for just a DAC
You can get both the M7/M9 combo. And have ACSS connection between them
And have a preamp and great headphone amp too. $$$ wise is just make sense
Thanks a lot for your guys' help and comments. In the end I also talked to Prep and found the PWD Mkii at a great price. So I'm going to check it out and see how it sounds. In the end I was really worried that although the M7 would be resolving and have soundstage, that it might lack some bass impact that I need. I'm a bit of a bass head in the end. I'm going to mate it with a Phoenix that I also picked up this past week and hopefully get a good balance in the bass slam out of them.
It's going to be an interesting year in the audio department for me. Haha, besides a custom BNC cable and a couple tweaks/add-ons, it was a 120% complete system sell off and rebuild. It'll be interesting to see how it all sounds and turns out the 2nd time around... I enjoyed round 1 a lot, but it turned out pretty expensive for me and I can't say that I got what I was looking for. So, time to see again. See if I learned a thing or two?
Anyway, thanks again guys.