^Rayzilla...you might want to hold on until more reports come in and more rolling is done on the amps. It is nice to have the DAC and the optical input on the D12 vs. the P4.
I got the P4 hoping it would be so much more powerful than the D12 that it could really drive bigger phones.
Maybe when I roll opamps, it will seem much more powerful than the D12- but it doesn't seem that much more powerful yet (as I hoped the specs would suggest).
I am going to study and play with the P4 but I may just do what HeadphoneAddict has suggested all along: buy a desktop amp for larger phones. They could use the power (voltage/current and enough swing/headroom). And an okay desktop amp is about the same price as the P4 (where I am sacrificing power for portability which may be redundant since I have the D12). Why am I resisting?
Also, I have been told I should concentrate on getting better large phones first anyway.
I'll be listening to some desktop amps this weekend.
I may keep only the D12 DAC/Amp and use as my:
- portable amp
- my portable DAC/amp
- my Standalone DAC> optically out of Mac at home> tube desktop amp.
I really love the D12 so far and love music optically out of my Mac. I will be trying HiFlight's TopKit (probably this weekend).
My plan was to try to have this "mini-stack stereo system" of: Source>D12>P4 that would take the place of a "life-sized" set-up.