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Musical Fidelity - V-CAN MKII - Headphone Amplifier

Understated and clean

Mink

Pros: Fluid and natural tonality, layered (3D) soundstage

Cons: 3D soundstage depth comes at expense of soundstage width and clarity in the high fequencies

I find it difficult to get used to the sound of this little amp. In comparison with the amp I used for years, the headphones-out my old faithfull Marantz PM7200 the sound is superior in many ways. There's more depth, a cleaner, more fluid tonality, better layering of instruments and finally no more humming/buzzing of the transformer, the main reason I got this amp. But the sound isn't as...
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Top Shelf Solid State with HD800s
Top Shelf Solid State with HD800s

Schiit Audio Ragnarok

Pros: Input and output flexibility, sound quality, value. Build quality.

Cons: Big and heavy, need to read the manual, hard to read lettering on face in home environment.

Top Shelf Solid State with HD800s
Top Shelf Solid State with HD800s

ecp audio Black Diamond

Pros: Small size for this quality of sound. Lucious dense tone/texture. Intimacy unmatched with HD800s

Cons: Lack of extra inputs and outputs. Unbalanced only. Smaller soundstage. Lacks ultimate air.

Top Shelf Solid State with HD800s
Top Shelf Solid State with HD800s

HeadAmp GS-X mk2

Pros: Craftsmanship second to none. Input and output flexibility.

Cons: Sizzly treble with HD800s. Long wait times. Chassis might not be stackable depending on your settings and headphones.

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JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

JDS Labs Assembled Objective2 Headphone Amplifier

“     Without referring to "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's" (A.K.A. NwAvGuy) blog, and speaking from my own listening experiences, I really do think the Objective 2 is a great headphone amplifier. No, I don't think this is the amp to end all amps, but it's a dang good one and it only cost me $156 USD (which includes the Triad brand WAU12-200 AC adaptor). In fact, it can be found...” --miceblue

100% Positive Reviews
iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

iFi iCAN headphone amplifier

“ iFi Audio is a new comer in the headphone amp scene, but it does share the same bloodline as the renowned U.K. based premium audiophiles brand AMR. While AMR already has some top end gears to offer to the speaker and full rig owner, its little sister brand seems to aim toward mainly the computer based headphone user as well as minimalist audiophiles. Their current ‘Micro’ line of devices...” --ClieOS

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Valhalla

Schiit Valhalla

“   REVIEW – Schiit Audio Valhalla Tube Headphone Amplifier     What Sort of Schiit is This?   I read, as did many of you, the head-fi threads about the very popular and attractively priced Schiit Asgard.  But to be quite candid, I personally had about as much interest in an inexpensive solid-state headphone amp as I did in weeding behind my garage.  As such, I have never heard the...” --Skylab

100% Positive Reviews
Matrix M-Stage

Matrix M-Stage

“ WASAPI----->Bitmatched/Perfect transport----->Maverick D1 RCA SS output------>Matrix M-Stage(Stock)----->AKG K-702   I use these with my AKG K702 headphones and there really isn't much to say.  My previous amp had no problem powering these bad boys either but it hissed and popped at the volumes necessary to do so.  With the dip switch on the bottom controlling level of gain...” --ninjikiran

100% Positive Reviews
Schiit Asgard Headphone Amplifier

Schiit Asgard Headphone Amplifier

“ In my opinion which admittedly isn't the best one because I don't have much amp experience. But I would call the Asgard an extremely good buy at $250. The fit and finish of this amp is very good and is built for the long haul. Hefty little thing that pumps out plenty of power.   My k601's could pair better but this amp is doing them justice for what I am willing to spend. My ATH M50's...” --mmayer167

100% Positive Reviews
Apex High-Fi Audio Peak and Volcano

Apex High-Fi Audio Peak and Volcano

“ I actually decided to buy the Apex Peak/Volcano, I do not regret purchasing this amplifier even though a loaner program was available for sometime, although I don't know if it was still going on when I bought the amp.   For headphones I have the Audez'e LCD-2 and Ultrasone Edition 10.  I only used the ED10 very briefly as I actually prefer the sound of the LCD-2 to the ED10s. ...” --Wedge

100% Positive Reviews
Maverick Audio TubeMagic A1

Maverick Audio TubeMagic A1

“ Don't be mistaken this amp has a fantastic value for the money. If you need lots of power and speaker taps don't look further take this one. The only thing I regret is that the volume knob can do a harsh sound when you turn it to rapidly. ” --Puranti

100% Positive Reviews
Violectric HPA V200

Violectric HPA V200

“ http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/551173/review-violectric-hpa-v200-amp   See above for my in depth review. In summary: This is one of my all time favorite amps. I find that it is a worthwhile upgrade even over great budget amps like the Matrix M-stage or Yulong A100, without costing an insane price. If I could do it all over I'd probably get this amp as my one and only amp, or...” --project86

100% Positive Reviews
Meier Audio Corda Classic

Meier Audio Corda Classic

“Hello all. This is my first review and I want to tell you about this fantastic headamp.   A view months back I bought an Audio Technica W1000 (not X !) headphone.   I like it’s sound; very transparent, a  little bright, certainly not dark, a sweet rolled off treble and a very tight, but not to  much bass.  And most of all; very involving.  It has something...” --ReneNetherlands

100% Positive Reviews
Woo Audio WA6

Woo Audio WA6

“ the woo wa6 is the single-chassis smaller sibling of the wa6se.  but don't think for a moment that listening to the wa6 you'll be "slumming it".  not at all.  because, the wa6 is, quite simply, a wonderful amp.    from the tank-like build quality, to the sexy anodized brushed aluminum finish, to the amp topology, everything is top notch.  and the sound is great in all...” --TheWuss

100% Positive Reviews
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