The only person who ever said the M8 was bright around here was Dubstep Girl-and she was using what was known to most people as a bright-ish amp-the Mytek. Then her comments were regurgitated like everything around here. It was also in direct comparison to the same dac on th GSX-so one could infer that the Headamp is actually very slightly warm (others have felt that way), and that the M8 is actually the more 'dead nuts neutral' sound that AGD is well known for, thus sounding relatively bright to her. Even though she still says she doesn't feel the Mytek is bright-look at her past amp pairings...Wa2, Wa22, GSX...get my drift?
I do agree with nigeljames that the M5/6/8 series should sound identical-even Kingwa will tell you this. IIRC though, he basically said the M9 is slightly warmer in the lower registers-that doesn't sound like a big difference to me, on paper anyway. If it was a big enough difference in sound-then Kingwa would have called it something else-and it wouldn't have negated the rest of the Master series amps either. That's just how he works really. The Master series are the pinnacle of his designs-so thinking they sound quite a bit different is far fetched imo-unless he's discovered some huge breakthrough lol. This isn't like his low/mid-tier stuff that gets updated every few months...
Froger-iirc you were the one who hated the M7/M8/HD800 combo like me right? I also felt that combo was way to boring and distant-but in retrospect I think a lot of that had to do with the M7's '5th row' presentation, whichs lacks depth and intimacy-which is a bad pairing for the Senns imo. Purrin also feels the M7 has this presentation. I think the M8 was just passing that through as it should, just being dead neutral. I really want to try the M8/M9 again though with the intimate/3D Eximus though, as I'm sure it would be an entirely different experience...my .02.
Edited by BournePerfect - 12/13/13 at 12:52pm