Originally Posted by Navyblue
Do you prefer the D10 over those amps because it has a superior DAC, but somewhat falls short of the others in its amp section?
The Headsix and the D10 are high on my list (along with P3). I might be willing to pay extra for the DAC that I don't use, bear the extra bulk/heft and have a shorter battery life if the amp section of D10 is worth it.
I like the D10 DAC as much as the Pico, but I like the D10 amp section slightly more, as it has the richness and engagement of a 2000 hour Predator except with the bigger soundstage of the Pico. I find the Pico amp slightly drier than the D10 or Predator, regardless of whether they are driven by their own DAC or another source. For a while I was using the Pico as a DAC/preamp for both my Woo GES and my Predator on laptop, now the D10 has replaced both.
I find that Pico has a little more power for HD600 and AKG K240M 600 ohm, but the frequency response of the D10 is very good and is just right even if it wont play as loud with those two phones. With everything else the D10 has more than enough power.
Once you've spent time with the micro-detail, ambience, air and space of the D10 DAC or Pico DAC you don't want to go back. I do like the Pico DAC enough that I am on the pre-order list for the DAC-only version, since I wont have to keep it charged like I do the D10 or Pico DAC/amp.