Originally Posted by DACLadder
I've used a lot of input sources with the Master 7. Audiophilleo, USB32 (with different FW), and Off Ramp 5 (all outputs). Over the past year I have come to the conclusion that with ever lower jitter input sources the Master 7 displays better bass quality as the first thing I notice. Plus the sound is more focused, better staging, and less edginess and fuzzy quality to the high frequencies (more clarity). But these latter quality improvements are appreciated later. When first started reading about the Master 7 there were complaints about bass being thin or weak. Believe I now understand maybe why.
Exact same experience with the NFB-27.
When I "figured out" how to have the USB-32 work properly (which I never could repeat again), the sound was so much more focused it became almost real (holographic is the word) and the bass was the most noticeable improvement. No more edge, no more thinness, better separation.
I don't know about the USB-32 implementation on the M7 (I never used it on the SA-2) but I don't imagine things could have got any better than the result I had, on my NFB-27 (meaning I cannot imagine the Offramp would have improved further: it was THAT good).
Things just sound so much worse since then, even with the Ciunas DDC.
I'm hoping to try the Offramp and M7 at the show and check if the experience is reminiscent of, what is now, my best head-fi experience...