I do indeed find the 3rd a touch warmer, this isn't a bad thing especially when you consider I needed to tone my RDB hybrid down a fraction. The tonality balance between the 3rd and RDB hybrid are spot on the mark, really impressed guys. The 3rd seems to have a touch more colour, not as dry as the 2nd edition, it layers and images better also seems to sound less mechanical, a touch smoother. I think (for my pairing) it's the better sounding player. My music sounds so clean, transparent, clear and very coherent beneath the layering. The treble which was also a touch hot on the 2nd edition is calmer but still very detailed. I'm not completely immune from hiss here, but more than usable. It just sounds so damn good, brings out real emotion in my music.
I'm a big fan!
Edited by H20Fidelity - 12/17/13 at 3:27pm