Originally Posted by MacedonianHero
With regards to Candude being in heaven with the LCD-3s. I wonder if he's heard them on say a B22, Mjolinir, Dynahi, GS-X MKII, etc.... to make such statements? Maybe he would...but my experiences have repeatedly shown me that under-powering orthos (ESPECIALLY THE HE-6s and to a lesser extent the LCD-3s) only yields average results at BEST.
I'm in heaven now, listening to HPA-21...
Nope, I haven't listened to any of these amps. I hope you're in heaven with your GS-X MKII, even though you haven't tried HPA-21 yet.
You don't need to listen to all high-end amps to be in heaven with one. (And you will say "how do you know it's a high-end amp if you haven't listened to any of these mighty head-fi approved high-end amps...) I normally want to try anything I buy at home first, and I cannot do that with any of these amps. You can only trust your own ears. I took a chance on BHA-1, and it turned out OK. But for me HPA-21 is definitely worth the extra asking price, +85% or so compared to BHA-1.
If you compare these amps with BHA-1, is it like comparing LCD-3 with LCD-2, or are they even better (more heaven) or are they closer to BHA-1 (less heaven), relatively speaking?
Wait, Mjolnir couldn't be a high-end amp since head-fiers compare it to BHA-1 and many (most?) prefer BHA-1 with LCD-3 if I remember correctly. Or does BHA-1 also count as a high-end amp?