Originally Posted by kimck99
Well, when I decided down the headphone path, I looked at my use case. When at home, I use my desktop speakers (not the greatest), when traveling, I use my phone, and when working at the office, laptop/tablet. I did think about getting a desktop amp but didn't want to spend more money than necessary. So looking for a good compromise that will allow me to use a single device for all three to drive the Alpha Dog. So, I haven't looked too much into a desktop DAC/AMP and focusing primarily on a portable unit.
If you are planning to get those hard to drive phones in the future, then a desktop amp makes more sense. However, if you are just one and done with alpha dogs and you want to bring it along with you on commute and office. The 6SMKII is more than enough and practical in a mobile sense.
People always preach the "more power, much better" gospel. It's same thing with anyone asking recommedation for buying a car, just for driving around the city, someone will always bring a ferrari in the conversation.
I have demoed the alpha dogs with this amp, like Austin mentioned, it's more than enough. At high gain, you can hardly get the volume knob pass the 12 o'clock postion.