About to pull the trigger on one of these two similar DAC/Amps, to be used primarily for driving Audeze LCD-2 Rev 2s.
These are roughly equivalent in terms of price (assuming one buys the ALO Gateway & Passport options, and why wouldn't you) and although topology varies somewhat between the Pan Am and WA7, (hybrid vs pure tube, 24/96 vs 32/192 DAC, "transportable" vs desktop, etc) they seem alike enough to me to warrant a direct comparison.
Much has been made here and elsewhere over the pairing between the Pan Am and the LCD-2. The headfonia folks went as far as positing that the Pan Am must have been designed around that specific headphone and were ecstatic about the pairing. I've not had a chance to listen to either of these, but am almost willing to take it on faith that the Pan Am will not let me down from all I've read. Should I stop and consider the WA7 just as strongly?
Has anyone had a chance to listen to the WA7 with an LCD-2 or LCD-3 and could provide some impressions? I should mention I do plan to use the DAC for awhile, and transportability, although nice, is not a requirement for me. In general I would love to hear people's opinions about which they would purchase and why. Thanks in advance.