The head amp in Eximus is not bad. Its "HIGH FIDELITY HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER" actually, so its far from bad. But I have a questions: Is that small chip (with small caps on its output) as good as expensive dedicated class A $1-2k devices? Is it smart (for me) to buy a $1-2k HPs for it? Is it save (if they really removed 10Ohm resistors)? I'm not sure.
It is depending on what amplifier are you looking into. I personally find the Eximus Headamp to be very good but not great. I did a lengthy listening comparison and found the Headamp GS-1 and Larocco Headcode DM to provide a noticeable improvements. For reference, the GS-1 & headcode is widely considered as one of the best SS amps ever made. The GS-1 can be purchased used around 800 USD. If you requrie a one box solution, the Eximus DP1 is impossible to beat.
Edited by purk - 4/1/13 at 7:53am