With all our talk of music and speakers, we're derailing this thread, but anyone who has an MG3 should really go get themselves some efficient monitors for near-field listening - in addition to using the MG3 with headphones, of course! Gary has a pair of Jan Plummer's Diamond speakers for use at his PC, which is essentially what I'm doing with the laptop in the dining room (my audio workbench), but my "real" PC is in a spare-bedroom-turned-into-my-office, upstairs, where a sound card and self-powered el-cheapo speakers are all that's happening.
I just finished reading Kent Johnson's review of the Sjofn Hifi "The Clue" loudspeakers, in Positive Feedback #53. Wow. I'm impressed by his being so impressed!
They're about the same size as my Def Tech SM45s, but in another league, for sure, not just going by the $1500/pair price tag, but by what he says about them. The review is a fun read for anyone interested in such things (here at Head-Fi). I was about to quote some highlights, but I'll restrain myself. (Wrong venue.)
I have to ask Stew, and I realize it will be kind of an apples and oranges question (difficult to compare), but which do you enjoy more on the MG3, the Paradox or The Clue?
I have some trepidation about receiving the impedance match (some time next week, maybe?), because I'm so very enchanted by my current near-field setup (MG3 > SM45) that I fear both the impedance match and my (formerly) beloved LCD-2 will end up on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. This is sacrilege for a Head-Fi thread, I know, but guys, having the stage out in front of you instead of on both sides of your head and in between your ears, is simply wonderful with the MG3.
Coincidentally, both the Kent Johnson review of Stew's "The Clue" speakers and Chris Martens' (TAS) review of the Def Tech SM45s, write of how their respective speakers-under-review can "vanish" when you're head is in the sweet spot. My headphones never "vanish."
I'm even thinking about getting a rolling hard case that's large enough for the MG3, my laptop and DACmini CX (or maybe just an HM-801, expected to arrive Wednesday), LiPo batteries and charger, PLUS my SM45s - as my new travel rig! (Just a thought, but it's not likely to happen.)
OK, I got that off my chest, so I'll try to stay on-topic from now on - speaker amps for headphones! When Jan's impedance match arrives, I could very well become smitten by the LCD-2 all over again.