Currently, this is my setup : Laptop --> Musiland Monitor 001 --> MisterX y2(Gamma-2) DAC --> Woo Audio 6 --> DT880 600Ω .
Now, I'm a college student, and this setup BARELY fits on my table. I absolutely love the WA6 with my DT880, but I do a lot of traveling as well, and the WA6 is much bigger and heavier than the rest of the components.
The y2 and Musiland are very small and easily transportable, but the WA6 is not.. and I put the thermocol on top of it to protect it, so that takes up a lot of space too.
Now, I'm ready to spend upto $600 or $700, but I need an amplifier that comes as close as possible to the WA6's ability to drive the DT880 600Ω. Note, I know its not possible for a transportable/portable amp to match the WA6(if it is possible, then awesome! ).
I just want an amp that is smaller and lighter, and will fit into my carry on baggage without needing a checked baggage for the rest of the stuff for a short trip. Obviously, it must be well built too. The WA6 takes up a huge amount of space, and it is very heavy too.. not to mention I need to take care of the tubes and make sure it doesn't get damaged. I realised its too much of a hassle, and maybe someday when I get an apartment or am staying at one place for a long time(after college mostly) I will get the WA6 or WA6 SE again.
But for now I need a smaller amp, lightweight and transportable. I don't need it to run on batteries or use it while traveling, its fine by me if it needs a power socket to run.
I was looking the the popular P51 Mustang or the SR71-A from RSA, but I was wondering if there were better or similar options, as both of them are portables and run on batteries.
Also, I posted this in the Full headphone amp Forum and not the portable one, cause I don't really need a portable amp, but an easily transportable one.
I'm gonna miss the WA6 a lot though.