thank all of you guys for "updating" or may I have said : could you please keep your impression comming
I'm currently searching for a good dac/headphone amp/ pre for almost a good year. I'm a new dad and my daughter makes it harder to save money...but gives more time to look for reviews ;-) and keeping in mind the idear of betin one that could extract the best out of the audeze LCD2.
lots of "good units" are poping up , the burson HA-160D, the centrance Dacmini, the forthcoming Mdac from audiolab, the NBF-10 from Audio-GD. I guess any unit could do the trick, but so far the Anedio seems to be a real challenger.
burson ha-160D and Dacmini both seems to have a great amp section, but with a good but not top noch dac. NBF-10 is a truly balance dac+amp unit, but it kind of seems that the ESS one is more cerebral than the more gutsy/fleshy wolfson. The Mdac is also a ESS based dac/headamp, and from the designer, will have the best headamp section of all their new products....but won't be available until at least 6 month.
And we have finaly the new peachtree inova wich seems a really interesting "all in one" but from my memories, on there previous products (idecco, nova) the headamp section was fine but not one of the best out there. But it seems that the inova is a phenomenal unit...
To sum up :
-it seems to me that people are selling gears after getting the Anedio D1... like a side effect to the fact that the anedio really is a keeper.
-I'm concerned about the impressive revolving power of the ess chip and affraid to be "lost in detail" more the engaged, emotionaly connected to the music"...but from your feedbacks, it seems that the anedio D1 is especialy involing, engaging! Am I still correct?
-then about the audeze LCD-2 bass quality, quantity, slam and PRaT are some of the requiered ability to drive them to there best. ...It seems that the D1 includes all that, and that's what make me keep on the D1 option. It seems to be a great "all arounder" and not a "very good at that kind of music, but less on this... kind of gear". Plus seems to have lots of stamina for low impedance headphones, so the LCD-2 should be fine!
Could you guys either agree or correct me if I'm making any mistakes.
I'm waiting for the stereomojo review as they seems familiar with some other ESS based dac.
But man...almost a year.... I'm really winting to pull the trigger soon on something I won't want to change some times latter.