+1 on Ayre QB DSD with GSX. I picked up a used QB9 and am on the list to get the DSD upgrade. I think this would be a nice match. The Ayre DAC sounds great plus offers a balanced out so it should mate nicely with GSX. Sound? TBD.
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I had the opportunity to try my QB-9 with Justin's GS-X MK2 at the Denver Meet. Ran it single ended with my cables to minimize any variables from what I normally listened to - the combo was impressive. Justin also listened to it. I ended up ordering a GS-X. Seems like Justin bought a QB-9!
Natural sounding would be my description of the non DSD QB-9 - it gets voices right. And with the GS-X MK2 and LCD3, incredible detail. By the few reviews I have seen, the DSD version offers a significant improvement in sound quality.
Hopefully sometime in the next few months I'll be listening to a fully balanced QB-9 DSD -> GS-X MK2 -> LCD3.
I hope you find what your looking for. did you say that you have heard the GSX MK 2?
I have not. But if it's a wire with a gain like everyone around here loves to regurgitate-then I have-in the form of the Master 8. That's the ONLY amp I've ever heard that I would say has no colorations of it's own. Even than-it probably does.