The Bakoon HDA-5210mk3 arrived today. It's the most transparent amp I've ever heard to be sure. I thought the Taboo was really transparent but I think the bakoon has a step up on it in the high and low ends in terms of distortion. I didn't think there was any distortion on the lows with the Taboo, but apparently I was wrong. Both amps are extremely transparent and likely my DAC is bottlenecking both. The bakoon is at least as good as the taboo from my initial listening impressions. I'd say it's likely that I prefer the Bakoon but I'll wait before I come to a conclusion. It takes me around a month to really settle into a new piece of gear.
Edit: Oh it packs a real punch by the way. Whoever said this cannot drive planars is insane.
Edited by Llloyd - 9/6/13 at 2:14pm