Here's an easy exercise you can do at home:
1. Quantify the number of headphone amplifiers you feel should constitute a “one of the best” grouping. 1? 3? 5? 10?
2. List the amplifiers you think would be in this group, preferably by ranking.
3. Justify why you think each of the amplifiers you’ve listed deserves its “one of the best” classification.
4. List the amplifiers from your “one of the best” group that you personally own or have extensively reviewed.
5. Buy a Bakoon HPA-21, compare its performance to your “one of the best” amplifiers and get back to us, hopefully with a comprehensive and objective review, so that we can lay to rest Candude’s qualitative assertion one way or the other.
Or I can just wait. Like Radio_head said this amp will eventually make its way around- and more reviews will come out. From what I've seen some more experienced reviewers hesitate to call something "one of the best", and instead state its flaws and then go on to explain what a headphone amp does well and what they like about it.
I just wonder how a particular product would go about laying claim to "one of the best". Acclamation? Exhaustive A-B testing? Anointment by a recognized Authority? With so much popularity driven opinion and lemming type behavior I've seen demonstrated around this website, I think that the distinction of any line of demarcation being bandied about has already been blurred at least to some degree.
Exactly why we don't want more hype. But you seem to be a staunch defender of this behavior- which I don't mind. The OP, however, has already removed the line and I can see why. I wonder what makes a product well established?
You see a pattern?
It is however also accepted practice in the scientific community to assert a claim and pose a working hypothesis for the community to set about proving or disproving. Perhaps Candude's Great Sin is that he didn't include a question mark at the end. And I must admit that so far I haven't seen any evidence presented to contradict his claim. That's why I think it'd make such a great homework assignment for En_R, since he has already demonstrated a remarkable absence of hyperbolic tendency.
Mpingo discs are one of the best additions to a system money can buy. I can't believe how these have changed my system! Wire with gain! PRAT! Naturalness! Toe-tappin' Hands-a-clappin' MUSIC! Do I exaggerate? Heck no! I don't think anything can top these discs (unless you pile more on top of course HYUK HYUK HYUK HYUK). They roll with the top dogs like the Hallograph and ASI Resonators. Don't believe me? Well go buy one and get back to me and my buddy Austin .
Edited by En_R - 6/26/13 at 8:57am