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post #151 of 2352

I am joining the party of Master 7!

 

After audition my friend Ref7.1 and some +ve comments here. I decided to place my order today.  :)

 

Hopefully it is up to the expectation.

 

Anyone use MAC Mini as source?

post #152 of 2352

works great with Mac Mini and Macbook Pro

 

regards

 

Macrog

post #153 of 2352
Has anyone compared:
1. Master 7 vs
2. Ref. 7.1 (NOS mode) <- A-Gd DI v3?
post #154 of 2352
Quote:
Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

Has anyone compared:
1. Master 7 vs
2. Ref. 7.1 (NOS mode) <- A-Gd DI v3?

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post #155 of 2352

If this works, I will safe some money so I don't have to sell my beloved and already superb Ref. 7.1 and just add external DI instead, and ALSO, when the digital input technology progressing, I can just replace modular DI instead of replacing the whole ship.

 

preproman, have you heard of any A-gd R2R PCM1704UK DACs?

post #156 of 2352

^^No, but I'm very interested in the Master 7.  I would like to compare it with the PWD2 and the NAD M51.  Just haven't seen many impressions on this DAC.  But the Ref. 7.1 got lots of love in the past.

post #157 of 2352
I'm currently converting my Ref7.1 to Master 7. My understanding is that it is a significant upgrade. Additionally, it virtually mitigates the need for USB conversion.

For those who haven't seen it, this is Currawong's review on this upgrade:
http://www.head-fi.org/products/audio-gd-master-7/reviews/8087
post #158 of 2352
Hope you end up buying master 7.
Interested on your comparison to pwd mk2 and m51 smily_headphones1.gif
post #159 of 2352
I've read that lmswjm, thanks.
post #160 of 2352

Having owned both, I think the Ref7.1 is just as good as the PWD MK2. They're very different, but I didn't come away thinking one is better than the other.

 

Ref7.1 = more bass, bigger soundstage, more neutral sound

 

PWD MK2 = more prominent and liquid mids, more microdetail, sound signature geared towards being musical rather than neutral (ie. warm, smooth and forgiving). The PWD was also more holographic in its imaging/layering, not that the R7.1 was bad. Only thing was, it played in a much smaller space than the R7.1

 

In the end, I found the Ref7.1 a bit more enjoyable overall to listen to because of the bass weight mainly. For some mic-centric genres, the PWD was more enjoyable. It really depended on the type of music.

 

I feel it's important to point out that while the PWD had more microdetail, the Ref7.1 didn't seem lacking, nor did the extra detail add to the enjoyment (for me). This was surprising to me because I'm a detail guy...I guess it was just the way these DACs present that detail.

 

(Comparison was done with the MK3 JKSPDIF > Ref7.1 / PWD MK2). I didn't include the Off-Ramp 5 (with all upgrades) or USB inputs because that would just complicate things. With the OR5, both DACs were superb, but the Ref7.1 improved more and became the better DAC IMO. Also, the USB input of the PWD was almost as good as the MK3 JKSPDIF feeding it, which was a step down from the OR5.


Edited by Shahrose - 2/5/13 at 10:41am
post #161 of 2352

Good info Shah..

 

I'm hoping the Master 7 keep that bass weight.  Thus far, the PWD2 pairs very well with the HE-6.  All the amps I have are pretty forgiving as well.  I was thinking when I the GS-X comes, matching that with the Master 7 would give me a pretty detailed system.  The M51 is already a step behind the PWD2, so it has a uphill battle to stick around. 

post #162 of 2352
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Good info Shah..

 

I'm hoping the Master 7 keep that bass weight.  Thus far, the PWD2 pairs very well with the HE-6.  All the amps I have are pretty forgiving as well.  I was thinking when I the GS-X comes, matching that with the Master 7 would give me a pretty detailed system.  The M51 is already a step behind the PWD2, so it has a uphill battle to stick around. 

This is exactly the reason I've held off on buying the M7 and unloading the Ref7.1. I think the latter strikes a great balance between musicality and technical performance. The PWD MK2 wasn't any better, despite being much newer.

 

Eventually, I may switch to the M7 if its improvements don't mess with the magic of the Ref7.1. But, for now, I'm pretty happy with my source setup.

 

(BTW Darryl, the new M^3 opamps are killer eh? I have my own thoughts of it vs the Beta...I'm wondering what yours are -PM to reply.).

post #163 of 2352
Great comparison shah, that confirms what I have read from others as well, pwd being smooth, forgiving and all.

I have a feeling pwd sound pretty much like Invicta, mid centric, liquid.
post #164 of 2352

The Master7 looks very, VERY interesting to me.

post #165 of 2352

The USB cable came with the Master 7 is quite cool. Blue and transparent. Just cant figure out what is the IC and jumper for.

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