Originally Posted by DefQon
The O2 is not a measurably perfect amp. Anything below 0.05% of THD distortion (a useless benchmarking measurement to begin with) is useless and pointless. Nwavguy was gotten much flak from the engineers out there when he started claiming all the high end stuff is rubbish in measurements, ever wondered why he disappeared out of the blue?
Then the second thing is synergy. Anyone who has much experience with speakers/headphones and amp's know what I'm talking about.
Which amp is "measurably perfect"?
[does it depend on who's doing the measuring? ;-)]
Why is anything below "0.05%" THD useless and pointless?
I've not wondered much about Nwavguy.
People leave the scene for a wide variety of reasons -
But while he was active on the blogs etc., of course he'd receive
flak from the 'establishment' because he was controversial and
spoke his mind bluntly. Such people always seem to receive flak
(and very often they receive a following as well).
What I guess I will remember, at least for a while, is that he
did many audiophiles a huge favor by putting a headphone amp into
the marketplace (with JDS Labs) for only $129.00!
[And a DIY version for even less.]
A product which has received (nearly) universal praise.
All of a sudden, most anyone who wanted a quality
'portable' amplifier was able to afford one. It changed the
landscape of the market for headphone amps in a big way.
Perhaps the success of the O2 has been his 'loudest'
statement of all.