Very good point, wind016. I guess I need to do the same (optimize my W1000, instead of looking for the next headphone... which is a fun endeavour, but has proven fruitless.)
So, do you guys have a suggestion for an amp in the $600 range (or cheaper :-)? My budget does not stretch to the Yamamoto right now. :-)
Exactly, cold or boring in comparison. The genres you listen to are similar to mine's. This thread just makes me want to optimize my W1000s =) Finding an actual replacement has been rather tough and haven't had promising results.