Anyway, I listened to the T1 from a variety of amps yesterday, I visited a high end hi-fi shop in my city that has all kinds of expensive goodies that cost way too much to even consider, including amps from Leben, Naim, Bryston, Rega, Cyrus, NAD, Musical Fidelity, even The Gryphon.
I went to audition the new NAD 1050 DAC/head amp. Sucked, didn't like it. It might be because I compared it to amps that cost 10x and more, but anyway, I would not pay 500 euros for it. For example, T1 sounded MUCH better out of the NAD 356BEE integrated amp, which had crap loads of power, I believe it could probably easily power a couple of T1's plugged into it at the same time if it had more headphone outs. I mean, I could not turn the volume knob past 9 and half o'clock, it got too loud, and it powered the T1's with absolute authority, making the bass more powerful and punchy that out of any headphone amp I've tried, it also sounded really nice, warm and full, with no harshness or edge to the sound. Superior to Nuforce HDP for sure, no doubt.
I also listened briefly to the Rega Ear (no good, sounds like a cheap amp, no power for T1's), Kingrex HQ-1 (for some reason had really weak bass extension and its in my opinion very overpriced for what it sounds like), Musical Fidelity M1HPA (liked it most out of all dedicated head amps, plenty of power and authority in the sound, sounds nice and warm, almost like a tube amp).
But then I plugged the T1's into a Naim Supernait 2 integrated amp.... and I feel sorry I did so, because the thing costs almost 5000 euros. I believe my face looked like this when listening:
I think I'm in love with that amp. It looks so good in person, especially in a slightly dark room full of high quality dark wood furniture and nice creamy tones to contrast it. That black smooth metal look...with those sweet looking green LED's and the shiny green Naim logo...and the sound is just, unbelievably smooth. Just so freaking effortless, it feels like every sound the headphone produces is produced with zero force required, like it just happens. It had the depth that I never heard from the T1's, at first I actually though the pair of PSB Synchrony One speakers that were plugged into the amp were working. Everything else, and I mean everything else, even the Musical Fidelity M1HPA that I liked A LOT before, sounded bad in comparison. Is this really the actual T1 sound? Or is the Naim responsible for the magic? I hope so, because next week I the guy in the shop will get the Naim Headline 2 for me to try out, which he claims has exact same headphone amp circuitry as Supernait 2, and it costs 600 euros, which is not too bad. Its also apparently designed for high impedance headphones.
Great feedback. Please let us know how the Naim Headline 2 works out...I've always wondered how it performs against other amps in the same price range...
Edited by vlach - 10/13/13 at 10:33pm