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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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A great buy if you want to enjoy music.  E12a Mont Blanc
A great buy if you want to enjoy music. E12a Mont Blanc
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.

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