PS1000 and ideal amp pairings - I really think that along with the source (let's leave that aside for a sec) is a make or break
for many first auditioners and even owners. Here's a small snapshot of my 1st tier and 2nd tier rankings
1st Tier (best I've heard so far in no specific order) :- Ray Samuels Raptor (stock), Luxman P1-u,
Sugden Masterclass HA-4.
2nd Tier :- Burson 160, Woo Audio 2 and Violectric V200.
The first tier hold a candle over the second tier on mainly one front - they tend to just step the presentation forward
one notch which is what the PS1000 needs on most recordings. My V200 at times can feel like you're one or two
recordings back from the ideal, a small quibble but for any flagship pursuit of perfection (lol) - its a big deal.
Hotly anticipated one box DAC / Amp? The new Fostex HP-A8C could be a real surprises with these, originally optimized
for the TH-900, it could dish up the goods.
Yet to land here in Oz.