post #31 of 46
12/26/07 at 6:27pm
Your remarks about the improvements in op amps seem well founded, and frankly, if I seek to upgrade from the Cute again (not likely at this stage) I'll be looking at op amp based designs.
I know this is an old thread, but your last sentence stirred up some thoughts.
I don't understand the bias some people have towards opamp based designs. Opamps were not created as some hacked together half-breed to appease people only concerned with the bottom line. Many brilliant (headphone and speaker) amps use opamps. There is nothing inferior about them and they allow for far simplier designs compared to when opamps are not used.
If people think a non opamp based design is better than an opamp based design purely on the theory of audiophiles, they are wrong.
Ask Headroom. Their best amp seems to run quite well with opamps.