Which brands of integrated/receivers are known to be/offer good headphone amps? I often read that HK and Marantz do... Any other?
Also, can I expect a better headphone amp from an audiophile receiver than from an entry level receiver?
Finally, would you expect more/less from a stereo receiver than from a 7.1 receiver at twice the price?
I just wonder if it would be better for me to drop 300-500$ more on a new receiver, than purchase a separate head amp...
There have been a few posts about vintage gear having good HP outputs but much less about contemporary stuff, especially the 90s and later stereo integrateds/receivers that can be got cheap on Ebay. There are millions of them out there gathering dust in cupboards. Who knows what aural delights lie behind their little gold and silver HP jacks?