"M" Hornet - a brilliant match for ES2Just got my ES2s back today, and after some brief comparisons between "M"-mod Hornet, Portaphile PV2^2-LT1210 and AE-1 -- the "M" Hornet (at Lo-gain setting) clearly has the best synergy with the ES2. I don't know if it's an impedance issue -- or something else -- but it's clear cut. I don't have an original Hornet to compare, but I suspect that although the bigger bass would be fun, the top end would be a bit too soft. The increased speed and punch, greater soundstage width and depth, HF extension and better ambience retrieval create a clean, clear, dynamic, and very open image with the ES2.
I still have to try the Portaphile with Low Gain setting, just to be sure (and to eliminate the High Gain hiss) -- but I heartily recommend the "M"-mod Hornet for the ES2.
From a more superficial standpoint, this is most fortuitous (...really great...) since the Hornet is the smallest (and prettiest) for portability.
BTW - for reference, this "M" Hornet now has close to 400 hours play on it.