interesting choice. why are you excluding your beloved leben? DOH! i didn't recognize it w/o the Smyth name. i heard the system at canjam a couple of years back and it was quite interesting (there was also a recent review in Stereophile if anyone's interested.). if it's mimicking the sound of a given speaker/room system, shouldn't differences in phones and amps be minimized? i mean wouldn't most high quality broad range set ups suffice (potentially saving a bunch...
i think you're just being silly, sally. the wa5 can drive k1ks and even speakers. isn't the le pretty much the same thing sans spkr taps? someone reported that the prototype rsa sr71b was able to drive the he6s, and that's a portable amp. a powerful one, but a portable nonetheless. btw, whatsa realiser?
try here for a little info & a couple of pix of the little dot III+ (or 3+): http://www.geardesk.com/gear/view/41/ http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/301004 http://community.klipsch.com/forums/t/80137.aspx http://public.fotki.com/m8o/audiovideo/headphone--headamp/2006-nyc-meet-not-my-pix/
the ld3 is a completely different amp than the mk3. it's got speaker outputs as well as a headphone jack. it's a nice little tube amp with an autotransformer that matches to the impedance of the cans it's driving.