Just making things difficult, eh? Good to hear though, it's gonna be a tough choice and probably come down to price at time of purchase just like you mentioned there.
And I read back through yours and Sharose's posts like he told me, I was able to glean a little more of an answer. I know we're probably dealing with splitting hairs at this level, but was the bass weight significantly more when you had the 2.0.2 firmware on the PWD MkII ? That's probably my biggest scare right now, because I seemed to read a few times that the Master 7's bass weight is less than the Ref 7.1, and the PWD MkII @ 2.0.2 was above the 7.1.
I suppose I'm waiting on your bigger shoot-out once you get the OR5+ via I2S. There's nothing better, besides firsthand, than a solid shoot-out I'm very interested in this show down too, since it's sounding like the Master 7's USB32 is a fine interface and there's no benefit to a USB->SPDIF converter, just like the PWD MkII. But feeding them I2S might have something else to show
Oooops! Where did you read that? Didn't notice reading that.