Pros: The intimate and engaging signature should draw you in, while the purity of its design shouldn’t pull you back out by encouraging obsessive fidgeting.
Cons: At the same time, the purity of the design could be a mark against it if you’re looking for a component to serve as the central hub of a hi-fi system.
I Background, gear used and manifesto
I first got interested in the ECP Black Diamond around the time of its release. I was in the market for a “flagship” amp but still didn’t know what type of headphones I preferred: Dynamic, Planar or Electrostatic. While I’ve yet to hear an electrostat, I’ve found so far that I prefer the planars to dynamics. When I subsequently opted to go full-planar (for... (read more)