I am retty sure you will not be disapointed. I love this thing. By the way I got mine shipped from Robert in Germany so maybe your's will be pretty fast. I loved Germany and Wurzburg was a nice place. Used to live in Worms, Karsruhe, Northern Muenster and Frankfurt. Retired out of the Army from Frankfurt. Beautiful place at Christmas time for sure.
I listened to it for about 3 hours when I went to bed yesterday. I used an imod and a pair of marklmodded Denod D2000 Deluxe. I had the gain on 1 and the crossfeed on 1. I liked it very much! I also have Ray Samuels Tomahawk, iBasso P3+, iBasso D10 and Meyer Corda Move3. I haven`t compared them, but I know that this arrow will get a lot of use. and the sleep function si very smart.
Yeah, I thought the configurations for the power switch was pretty cool and very functional. I like how it turns on with a sound signal and turns off without a sound signal. I also thought the three settings for the bass boost was a nice adjustment.
I tried to compare the iBasso D10, Meyer Move3 and the Headstage Arrow E with an imod and a pair of Sennheiser HD600. To me they all sounded very good! I am not capable of telling which one of them is best. But for one with better ears I guess that may be possible. But some of the features the Headstage Arrow E has, makes it my favorite for now! The sleep function and the fact that when you just start the music again, the amplifier starts by itself, is for me very important!
I agree with what Arirug said. I have tried other portable amps myself and I think the sound of this one is fantastic for the price. I love the sound this generates and probably cannot define it but I know what I like. I also like the way it is smaller, thinner and more portable than a bulky portable amp. I just received the DAC cable from Robert and I am very pleased with the DAC hooked up to the portable amp. Sound is very crisp and clean and the combination of the impedence and gain settings really makes for a fine sound. That is just my impression, in a few weeks I am going to replace my ESW10's so will be able to evaluate the sound from this amp a little better.