Huge reduction in digital edge I definitely agree there. The D/S to my ears sets the presentation especially vocals a step back with a more laid back and spacious presentation. However, despite that characteristic everything is less defined, has less air and isn't as holographic as the MB.. less real too. As far as warmth goes the MB has a small uppermid forward nature (compared to the DS) giving it that more in your face less spacious sound. With less sub extension it seems less euphonic than the DS to me. Despite sounding infinitely more 'right'. It does indeed sound right too.. never heard such realistic sounding instruments. I have a feeling my impressions may change with the upcoming amp swap. I'm using a Magni3 ATM.. hardly high-end but oddly enough is able to easily convey the differences of these dacs. A huge triumph for a budget amp.