Originally Posted by jazzerdave
I'm a big fan of Alex's most recent line of amps as well. I thought the LL2 was absolutely brilliant with the SR-009. I'll get a chance to hear it again and the LAu for the first time in a month (as will Eke). If I could truly afford it right now, I'd definitely spring for the LL2 and SR-009. With the Ayon CD-1, it was by far the best headphone setup I've ever heard. It certainly beats the pants off the WES, and it's a definite improvement over the LL1 as well (I've heard both while paired with a PWD/PWT combo). As a compulsive tube roller, the Liquid Glass is a godsend for me. Basically, I really like Dr. Cavalli's amps too.
The LL2 is ace with the SR-009, but the biggest improvement for me was in the SR-007. The original LL was always a bit too polite for some folks w/ the SR-007 (though personally I really liked that combo). The LL2 by comparison has a more energetic less laid back sound, details are more apparent, so it pairs exceptionally well with the SR-007 now.
I'm actually one of those people who likes the SR-007 more than the SR-009, tho. Both have their unique challenges when it comes to driving them well, but I find it's a little trickier to tap into the full potential of the former. I honestly think more folks would feel the same way if Stax kept the SR-007's price higher than the SR-009.
Either way though, I'm actually finding my preference falling toward the LAu in a lot of cases. The biggest weakest of electrostatic transducers is their sense of weight and lower end response... they just don't throw their weight around as well (they're like the enchanted faeries of the headphone woodlands). The LAu brings out the authority of planars in a way the LL2, as awesome as it is, just can't replicate due to the limits of what it has to work with and all.
Getting a little scared about the LAu + Abyss pairing TBH...