So where in the Sound Science forum, are the articles that explain to newbies how to determine if an op-amp is compatible with a given device, such as Soun's D12?
Seriously, I could pour through that forum for days and still not learn what I need to know. Not without asking questions. And ultimately, I would have to trust the people who answer those questions, just as I have done when reading this thread - a thread which you've implied has little value.
It's very easy for people who have the knowledge to scorn those who experiment in ignorance, especially when your solution is so vague: "Go read the sound science forum, because there's little of value to be found in this thread" (paraphrasing).
What kills me is that at no point in these recent posts has anyone (including me) suggested that Soun download and start reading datasheets for the op-amps he is considering. And no one (including me) has suggested what questions he might ask of the D12 designers, that could be of use in determining whether an op-amp is compatible.
Putting myself in Soun's shoes, we've given him nothing with which he can educate himself so that he can make his own decisions. Nothing.
Mad Max, on the other hand, has come to the rescue with just the kind of recommendations I had suggested Soun wait to receive. To me, trusting the experience of others makes a lot more sense than trying to educate yourself in the absence of any resource that covers the subject matter from A to Z. Where is this material? If it's in the Sound Science forum, where is it precisely?
Until then, I think newbies would do well to ignore your concerns for the value of this thread.
Update: I want to add that I can tell your heart in is in the right place, jcx - that you're not simply being elitist - but, I'm asking you to show more empathy still for those of us who don't have the first clue how to equip ourselves with the information that allows people like you to easily discern whether an op-amp is compatible - whether it can be "plugged in" without damaging either the amp or the headphone.
Edited by zilch0md - 12/23/12 at 12:02pm