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Red Wine Isabella HPA end game alternatives?

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Hey folks,

 

Auditioned some kit recently and have pretty much decided I like the Isabella ( Balanced and retubed ) with some LCD-2's.

Problem as usual is budget! so...

 

Currently running

 

MacbookPro - DAC1Pre - 'Some amp?' - LCD-2's(on order!)

 

( Convinced a Audeophilleo 2 is a good future upgrade but thats another thread! :) )

 

Anyway, not sure what to do next?

 

I need something in the short term to run the LCD-2's.

 

Tried a King Rex HQ and another SE amp but they seemed muddy and dull incomparison to the balanced output of the Isabella.

 

So I could get say a Lyr as a cheap short term fix and save my money for a future purchase... or what?

 

Get an Audi-gd Phoenix or similiar balanced amp!? ( Wait for the new MJOLNIR ?)

 

Concerned as I am aware the DAC1 is more clinical than musical shall we say!? How well will that match a balanced amp?

 

I have the option to part-exchange the DAC1 so could go for say a Burson HA-160D ?

Overall that might be more pleasing!? Not excited about this option but there may be a one box solution as an interim step?

 

Hopefully, you see where I am coming from and can guide me?

 

thanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Was it something I said! :(

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