I have been into 2 channel audio for over 30 yrs. ~40 years for me, ~30 years living with high-performance systems, ~15 years, on and off, working in the business. . Right now I'm loving the McCormack 0.5 amps Very nice amplifiers at the It's all a matter of taste as I've gone to friends homes with Martin Logan speakers and Classe Audio power amps and have been unimpressed but hear other systems that cost a fraction of the price and have had a truly enjoyable time listening. If you're ever in NY, I'd love for you to hear my system I think speaker positioning is vital and people don't spend enough time positioning the speakers and leave them in a position that might be good for room setup but not for the best SQ. I wouldn't call those folks audiophiles; just people who bought gear Shaffers comments on the O2 were over the top IMHO and I think the O2 is an exceptional amp that has sounded great with everything I've thrown at it with the exception of the HD600. Like I've been saying, everything is relative. As this is a HD600 thread and you clearly heard the same as me, kinda leads to an end of the story :-) For the money the O2 is outstanding. I think part of the problem is for some folks the ear spoils quickly and if you hear a certain quality of sound the brain remembers it and bases everything you hear subsequently on it I agree. If you get the chance, listen to a Dragonfly. Same price range, very different performance envelope.
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