This thread's goal is to provide up-to-date information on amps that best suit varied listener demands within distinct price ranges. I will update and organize the OP with all newly compiled information in a way that will hopefully serve as an authoritative headamp buying guide for the Denon line.
Veteran Head-Fi'ers: please consider this thread as an investment in de-cluttering the boards.
Here are a few things I believe would be helpful for a new buyer:
How does the amp affect the highs/mids/lows?
How does the amp affect the sound stage?
Does the amp meet or exceed your expectations for the purchase price?
Does the amp have enough power to properly drive other, higher impedence phones as well?
Is the volume pot sufficiently sensitive and balanced across L/R at low volumes?
Do you believe the amp is out-dated, or has been succeeded by another amp?
IF the amp contains a DAC, does the DAC meet your expectations?
Please feel free to add any other criteria you believe are important. I am just a newb trying to organize information.
Price Ranges in which amps will be placed:
Amps that should be discussed:
Travanger's Red, Green, White
NuForce Icon, HDP...
iBasso 4, 10 ,12...
As for >500 amps:
I am new to this, and haven't devoted any research to amps in this range. However, I will gladly relay what those with more experience than I post and try to organize it as best possible.
Please try to keep this discussion focused.
I am open to ANY suggestions on how to sort the collected information. To make a suggestion, please PM me so that we can attempt to keep information within this thread as concentrated as possible. If I then proceed to not follow through with you suggestion, feel free to slam me on here :).
Please help get this thread off the ground, and thank you in advance to anyone who contributes!