Originally Posted by leofahrer
did you get to compare the headbox to the X-Can V2??? I'd be very interested in the results, as I'm looking for an amp for MS-2s...
Gilmore Lite, X-Can or Creek OBH-21 are much more expensive and I'd like to know if they are worth the extra money
A lot is going to depend on what you want from your system. I listen mainly to Rock/Metal and find that a more dynamic presentation is more to my taste than a smooth laid back type of sound. My usual choice of headphone is the Grado SR80, I do have an old pair of Sennheiser HD480s as well. The HD480s are normally used for computer games whilst the Grados are used for Hi-Fi and DVD/satellite.
The Pro-ject does very well considering it cost half as much as the X-Can V2. In isolation the sound quality is excellent, right through the frequency range. Also I can't imagine anyone suffering any fatigue from extended listening sessions. My only real criticism is that the soundstage seems a little compressed.
The X-Can V2 provides a more dynamic presentation and seems to have a much wider soundstage than the Pro-ject can create. Bass lines are deeper and easier to follow with the X-Can. Treble is also a little more obvious, this may be considered good or bad depending on how bright the rest of your system is.
The Pro-ject has by far the most usable volume control of the two. The X-Can will be ripping your ears from your head if the volume control goes past the first quarter turn. The Pro-ject on the other hand allows much finer adjustment by using more of the available rotation.
I get the impression that the X-Can has a significant power advantage, though whether this would be used by most owners is debatable.
Build quality for both is very solid, the Pro-ject being smaller seems near indestructible.
Hope this helps.
Anything else you wish to know?