Originally Posted by zsevgymko
How does the Reference compare to an entry level SS home amp like the Headfive/Arietta ?
I would be interested in an answer to this too. I recently purchased an Original Master amp that has gotten many good reviews on Head-Fi, but didn't think the step-up in sound quality was worth the $150-200 price.
I wonder how that home amp would compare to the Reference. The Reference is even more expensive, but I'm still drawn to it.
Jamato8, how would you compare the Xin Reference to your home amps?
Furthermore, on an absolute scale (i.e. in direct comparison to improvements made by headphone and source upgrades) how would you rate the improvement in sound with the Reference compared to a budget CMOY amp or just "wire with gain?"
My last noticeable improvements were when I upgraded from unamped to a CMOY amp (with the Sennheiser HD280 Pro), and when I upgraded from the 280 Pro to the AKG K601.