Except for the fact that it costs 3.5x of the Ygg
Im in the exact same boat as you, I know that i really like the Master 7, but I think I have to wait and see how the Yggdrasil is received before I can jump on one. Too much potential for greatness there I think. The only other dac in contention is the Vega, and honestly I think it would lose to the Master 7, so it's not really that in contention, it's just gotten nothing but great reviews. Not that the master 7 has any professional reviews at all.
The other problem is that Kingwa might run out of 1704 chips for the Master 7...then I'd be Schiit out of luck...so I may end up getting a Master 7 first afterall!
Exactly! The clock is ticking on those PCM1704 chips, and I don't know how close Kingwa is to the end of his hoard. I'd hate to think of the Master 7 as an interim piece; if I pulled the trigger on capturing this evolved R2R topology, I think that Jason's would end on the Schiit end of the stick. There's got to be a bottom to all this elusive SQ chasing.
If only he'd hint what kind of D/A metholology he's implementing. I have great hopes in the FPGA topology, meself. As long as it isn't yet another delta-sigma contender...
EDIT: Jason did say that it was to be no upsampling DAC. Doesn't that drive it toward a multi-bit ladder conversion type circuit design? The MSB Analog DAC is discrete R2R as well, if I read it right.
You should see a doctor about that.
I prefer black as well. But it would have to be a polished style which would add quite a bit breaking the Schiit mantra of paying for performance not case work and part selection. If you only need the can amp, get the Mjolnir.
I'll be down for a black one as well.