Originally Posted by pp312
Hang on. Are you saying you think the Denon preamp is as good, or even better, than the X-Can v3? Let's hear more about this.
The Denon of course would have its own HP amp, possibly op amp based.
The Denon PRA 1100 has a built-in headphone amp.
I didn't pay much attention to it, because I had the X-can.
This thread made me curious, and I started to listen to the Denon headphone out. Much to my surprise, I like it.
I can't say it's better or worse, just different. What is does better is the bass, it goes deeper. And the Denon is less bright, warmer. But the downside of warmer is a slightly loss of detail.
Maybe with better headphones and golden ears, there's more to say about sound difference. For the moment I'm pleased with the Denon headphone amp.