Happy Camper: The Bryston BHA-1 sounds perfect and the price for the version with the onboard psu is right at my preferred price point (1300 - 1400). I see on TTVJ there is a version without an onboard psu for 1100 but the external psu is 1700!?! So I wonder if there is audible difference and how much. There is an authorized vendor an hour away from me (without traffic...) so I might be able to bring my rig and do a test drive.
project86: I have been interested in the Violectric for quite a while as you guys are aware so I won't count that out. The price is great.
Kevin: The Peak/Volcano would be cheaper than the BHA-1/MPS-2 combo and I've read a lot of great things about it...
I really wish I was still on the east coast at this point so I could work a mini-meet. Maybe I'll head down to Portland and do some listening.
Thanks for the replies!
EDIT: According to a reply from a Bryston rep to a query from one of our fellow headphoneaholics the BHA-1 without the psu is just a money saver for those who already own a MPS-2. Inferentially, this would mean there is no degradation in sound quality. I won't be spending 135 percent (sic) more to see if that's true... I do understand what offboard psus offer depending on amp board layout/shielding.
Sigh... I should wait for a big Pacific northwest meet.
Edited by Permagrin - 2/11/13 at 7:14pm