Pros: Wide Sound Stage, Detailed Reproduction, Powerful
Cons: The gain setting needing the case opened. Very unforgiving of sub-standard input.
The physical aesthetics of this little powerhouse are greatly undervalued. Until I had it in my hand I thought of it as quirky and eccentric looking. How wrong I was. This is a thing of real beauty, in the visual aesthetic, the quality aesthetic, and in its power and sound quality.
Turning on the volume pot exudes quality. Very smooth. No mechanical or digital click but a soft feeling of confirming that it’s on. Very difficult to describe. It’s all a build of the highest quality.
Wide sound stage, detailed flowing reproduction with a powerful and full style. I use the Model with a Zero Gain option but I understand (Headphonics Dec,23 2012) that this can drive Planers with ease (presumably on its high gain setting).
Downside? Main one that you have to open up the casing (‘tools’ provided) to change the gain. Mind you this gives you the opportunity to admire the electronics. Very unforgiving of sub-standard input.