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ecp audio Black Diamond

An elegantly pure conduit: A REVIEW of the ECP Black Diamond

Schopenhauer

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...
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Superb OTL headphone amp... silky smooth resolution, plenty of PRAT, and deep, dynamic sound
Superb OTL headphone amp... silky smooth resolution, plenty of PRAT, and deep, dynamic...

Woo Audio 2

Pros: Tube rolling options, drives high Z headphones very well, multiple inputs (4), pre-amp out

Cons: Some tubes expensive, OTL design not great for low Z headphones, stock components could be better for price

Well Built, Great Sounding Tube Amp, For An Outstanding Price
Well Built, Great Sounding Tube Amp, For An Outstanding Price

Schiit Vali

Pros: Made in the USA. Reasonably priced. Super easy to use. Did I mention it's made in the USA!!

Cons: Addicting. Has caused me to completely revisit my music collection.

Schiit Is Cheap. Schiit Sounds Good.
Schiit Is Cheap. Schiit Sounds Good.

Schiit Magni 2 Uber

Pros: Sounds way better than the original Magni. More power than most people will ever need.

Cons: Can't think of any.

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