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Well, if going strictly for the headphone I'd go for the Eddiecurrent, but I'm a bit biased as a Super 7 owner and also having heard a vintage Moth 2a3 which is the best I've yet to personally hear.  Though, the Cavalli Liquid Glass came close.  I'm still very intrigued by the McIntosh though.
It's not a bad DAC by any means.  And you're right, the level of detail is one of it's strong points.  It does seem rather sensitive though, to the quality and method of the digital input used.
I can understand both sides of the argument on the patent law.  I agree that it's good to have patent protection on genuinely novel engineering for a limited amount of time.  Then it should be publicly released for the common good.  To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what that length is here in the U.S.  I do know Bose's ANC tech has been out for what seems like forever and a day and I'm honestly surprised there are still any valid patents on it.  I think a year after...
  GS-X MkII is a better comparison since BHSE is stat only.  And I appreciate Justin's work.  He can't mass produce like a larger company so his labor margins will likewise be higher just to break even compared to a larger business.  I think the Simaudio unit will be great also, and not that they are a huge business, as far as I know they aren't conglomerate owned like many of the older high end players.  I'm a really big fan of Resonessence Labs and Bryston, so maybe...
 You're absolutely right. It really could go either way.   I'm critical of the Meridian Prime for it's price, even if it sounds great. Bryston on the other hand did outstanding with their first headphone amp.  I'm thinking and hoping this one will be more along those lines. And for the price, I expect this to compete directly with the likes of the Headamp GSX MK2 and Cavalli Liquid Gold.   Not to mention the relay stepped attenuators. Closest amp with that I kind think of...
^This.  My jaw about dropped when I saw this.  This one could actually do justice to the price point.  Time will tell though, I suppose.  I've been getting more into tube amps now lately, but this one might pull me back in the future.
  Yes, although it would seem like a good idea, it really does take a person or people who are very experienced in both programming and digital audio.  Not to say that iFi doesn't have those resources, they do have someone that does their xmos programming, but it appears they're strength is in knowledge of analog signals and the most cost effective approach is to apply that expertise using an already well performing off the shelf chip.   Even Resonessence Labs, who is very...
There's no way to know for sure without measuring but I would assume true 50 watt.  I don't think they would risk tarnishing their reputation by publishing blatantly exaggerated specs.  If anything they may be conservative?
I wouldn't worry too much.  The K712 isn't bad in that regard in comparison.  I haven't heard the DT-990 but the T1 is more sibilant and ringy than the K712.  The K712 just has the slight peak around 2k which can cause some slight stridency with female vocals on more neutral setups like the O2.  Haven't heard the O2 myself but based on descriptions it should be fine.  My Concero HP drives it nicely and it's not very powerful but clean. If anything, I would say the K712 is...
Actually, a small (-2db) parametric EQ around 2khz seems to help with my K712 on the rather neutral Concero HP.
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