Originally Posted by DutchGFX
Just my $.02
O2 is entirely overated, its good for a sub $200 amp, but thats all it is. And I feel it bottlenecks my system.
Only reason I kept it and sold my E17 was because on the plane I look like a total badass with the O2 on the slidout tray lol
Originally Posted by MattTCG
^^ I agree with everything you've said about the o2. It just didn't do much at all for me. It looked, felt and sounded like a budget solution to me. I've sold off all my portables but I'd have kept the e17 over the o2 any day especially for travel.
Originally Posted by Okamoto
NwAvGuy is gonna write a gigantic article on his blog bashing you for that post.
Originally Posted by MrMateoHead
Lol. While this isn't the "O2 haters thread", I would patently disagree that its 'over-rated'. By who, exactly? Also, I am curious about how it is a 'bottleneck' - it has proven to be a good pair to the HE-400 over time. More than enough power.
About a year or so ago, I had a good exchange of messages with another member regarding the O2. Since I'm a believer that one just isn't enough, I had about 3 of them over a period of a few months. Our discussion basically ended up where we both agreed that we liked a bit of color in the sound of our amps. While the true goal of an amp should be that it doesn't color the sound at all, I've realized, it may not be complete purity that I'm always after. I guess I just want something that sounds good to me, and allows me to get a great connection with the music I'm listening to.
As to the over-rating, or the over-hyping, one can see how it really has gone and turned out that way. On the DIY forum, there are endless threads about it. People marvel at getting a bargain, especially when numbers prove that the lesser cost item can out-perform a higher priced one. That is just the way many of our minds work. In the case of the O2, the test numbers when compared to the Benchmark @ $800 or so, presented the O2 as being quite favorable. This is what generated a lot of hype. Another such comparison that I can make -- but, I'll do so without criticism of the actual product would be the modified Fostex headphones. As soon as someone coined the term that they were (sound-wise) in the league of the LCD2 from Audeze, but that sound was achieved out of a $80 pair of headphones with $15.00 in modification supplies, again we had another situation where things have gone viral.
In closing, I think the whole O2 situation would have been more interesting to watch if it had been marketed differently. Take a $100 amp, put it into a much higher-end case and market it to true audiophile snobs for $1,299. It would sell because of the purity of sound and a non-colored sound. At $100, true audiophiles are skeptical. However, at $1,299, then their skepticism is less so, and they're likely to bite.