Originally Posted by rgs9200m
I use my good old Headroom Max from the year 2000 (upgraded with their newer control module in 2004) on my LCD3s for desktop use as an alternate amp
and they sound very very nice, with great bass and totally fine all around. So maybe try a Headroom BUDA for $1200 and see what you think.
I think you can return it if you don't like it.
That's me. I've got the triple stack, so using the BUDA to drive my LCD-3's. I've got a Squeezebox Touch feeding the balanced dac, it's a great desktop rig.
I'm also in the midst of trying to figure out how to integrate my sacd and vinyl with my headphones. I'm in a very similar situation to a previous post. My phono stage is in my tube preamp, which I use with a VPI Traveler turntable with a Grado Sonata cart, and a Marantz SACD player which also doubles as a dac for another Squeezebox Touch. Preamp is single ended as is the SACD player. That goes into my Krell power amp, and on out to my modded Polk SDA's.
My LCD-3's with the Triple Stack are in my office.
However, I'm planning on moving in a year into a much smaller abode, and want to integrate the headphones with the vinyl and sacd's and collapse everything into one system. I'm a bit puzzled as to what my approach should be.
First off, my pre-amp doesn't have an output that bypasses the volume control. It does have two sets of single-ended outputs, so I could send the second set into a headphone amp fairly easily. The problem is that I've then got two volume controls in the signal path. Not ideal. I wish they made headphone amps that function like power amplifiers. Just a power on/off switch, and nothing else. So hang the headphone amp off a preamp and you're done.
If I collapse the headphones and the loudspeaker system into one, then the Triple Stack isn't the right solution. First of all, it's balanced when all the inputs will be single-ended. Second, i don't need two DACs in the system.
So I'm actually thinking of selling the Triple Stack and getting some other headphone amp to hang off my preamp.
But, then I'm thinking maybe the right move is to sell the Marantz and get an Oppo 105, which gives me everything the Marantz does, plus it's got a lot more functionality and it has balanced outputs. The Oppo could theoretically even replace the Squeezebox Touch, although I'm not sure I'm ready to let go of the Squeezebox just yet.
So I could feed the single-ended outputs of the Oppo into my preamp, and I could send the balanced outputs into the BUDA. I can also still send the second single-ended outputs from the preamp into the single ended inputs on the BUDA, and tie the phono in that way.
Or, just sell all of it and use an iPod with earbuds.
Any ideas for me???
Edited by nspindel - 5/27/13 at 7:34am