I took a second look through the Holiday Buyers Guide and I don'tknow how, but the XM5 (as opposed to the flagship XM6) slipped under my radar and on paper it looks to be a pretty decent pair with MD
Searching it up on Head-fi, it's only listed as three people owning it, and there's few reviews.
Has anyone had any experience with XM5/MD pairing? I can only assume with a +10dB gain switch as well as a 75ohm load switch it seems like it'll have lots of driving force for MD, but I'm new to amping (and power hungry cans in general) so excuse my ignorance.
I checked out the MK3 and SR-71, and the PB2, but none of them have features that I'd like and two of which are twice the price of my cans, so way out of budget.
Headphoneaddict has experience with the XM5, so you might ask him what he thinks. Back a while ago when portable dac/amps were starting just starting to hit their stride, I remember the XM5 amp was considered very good vs the competitors, but fell a bit behind on its dac. If you didn't want the dac, then the XM4 was the cheaper option. Actually, I think I saw an XM4 on the sale forums the other day.