Originally Posted by TMoney
FWIW I posted some very brief impressions after the NYC meet.
You are on justin's list, right? Just be patient. Good things come to those who wait. You will be very happy with it, I'm sure.
Yup, ran through both the NYC meet impressions. The pics are great, as well. Simply based on those impressions alone, I feel the BHSE would be a better match for the 007A. I think I'm part of batch 2, so am hoping 1H12 will be realistic, and that the BHSE will be my end-game electrostat amp. I'll probably pick up an EC amp and a HD800 down the line as a secondary rig,
Thanks spritzer and KG for the comments on the GES vs. the original design. I opted for the GES over the 323S based on the comments at the end of the Headwize build and found them accurate to my experience with the GES. I don't listen to music very loudly, so any issues at high volume aren't relevant for me, and I think the GES is a pretty wonderful amp, especially after tube rolling (which isn't very expensive for 6S4s and 12AX7s). The sound is non-fatiguing and pretty liquid, but the thing I like most about the amp is that it gets out of the way and adjusts itself well to what's behind it.
Re single-ended vs. balanced inputs, does that actually make an audible difference for electrostatic headphone chains? I was reading up on the Stax thread for info, and I read that electrostatic headphones are balanced by design. My DAC and preamp are both balanced, but I'm going unbalanced from my preamp to GES. I've heard unbalanced/balanced is relevant only for long cable runs, but it seems like some people swear that they can hear the difference, and I was curious if this was less or more relevant for electrostats.
Right now, power is the top thing I want for my 007A, so the BHSE seems to have the WES beat for that. My preamp (at least in my current GES chain) already accounts for all of the advantages I would've been interested from the WES. I really want to hear what the 007A sounds like with something like the BHSE driving it, as a number of people have told me the 007 series is pretty remarkable with a BHSE/DIY T2 caliber amp.