Originally Posted by AppleheadMay
Wouldn't mind your opinion on how the BW sounds, a SS am from Craig sounds intriguing.
I'm still hoping to hear someones opinion on the Zana vs BA as well. It's the only other amp I actually still consider buying in the future. As a supplement to the Zana though, not a replacement!
Craig loaned me his Black Widow demo unit which arrived last night and I am listening to it right now. Still trying to wrap my head around the sound, but I can say it sounds awesome. Compared to my Mjolnir, it is much more musical and enjoyable providing the same impact, but without the aggressiveness and brightness that becomes apparent in a direct comparison. The sound is smoother and easier on the ears like a tube amp, but the clarity and speed are SS. I have not heard the Four45 personally, but it sounds like the description that I hear of it.
I just sent back the demo new version ZD so this is not a direct comparison, but the ZD as you would expect is a different beast and a definite step up, but it is a big step up in price too. Unfortunately for me, the tube amp is too much of a temptation for my 1 and 4 year old forcing me to lock them out of my office where the BW is easy to keep discreet. The high end and separate power supply seems to be the same one that is used with the ZD and is probably a good portion of the BW's SQ magic as it does sound really good. So far, I am just listening to SE, but will try balanced later today to see if I can hear further SQ improvements.
Feel free to ask questions if you are interested in knowing more. I will probably take this discussion to the BW impressions thread though.
itunes > optical > Havana 2 tube DAC > BW > LCD2.2/HD700