Originally Posted by Gradofan2
Talk with Drartherwells about most of these... since he's tried most of them, and is in the best position to describe their relative attributes... and seems to have a pretty good sense of judgment in such matters.
But... be forewarned, he has a distinct preference for the BADA PH12 - perhaps justified... I wouldn't know. I would be tempted to try it however... before, I'd try the LD II+.
Personally... in this general price range, I (and several others) have found the WooAudio 3 (with the upgraded tubes), or the XCAN v3 with the PinkFloyd mods), tough to beat with Senns (high impedence phones)... and the the XCAN v3 (with mods) great with both Senns and Grados (low impedence phones). There are 2 WA3's with the right tubes on the for sale forum right now at great prices.
Bada PH12 is the best of all amps I have owned.
Others sound good but I keep going back to the Bada for a palpable tone that is etched in empty space - very natural and realistic.
Must use good tubes.
Must not take out tubes until the amp has been turned off for some time - removing tubes when some residual power is in the amp can weaken the mosfets. I turn off and wait two hours or more before removing tubes to change them.
If you want my issues with amps I have owned other than the Bada send me a PM - I don't want to upset amp makers with a public description of their faults.
The MC66AE is a bargain as is the G&W T2.6F. The Xian Sheng 708B is close to these and is cheaper. Each has its special qualities and issues.
I have thought of Singlepower and am looking for aused MPX Slam (to get my money out of it when I sell it - if I do) but am not real enthusiastic about the OTL design with the AKG K701 HP (the best of all presently produced HPs).