Originally Posted by Lohb
Can the F35 be a decent desktop amp replacement ? Is there any comparable desktop amp it is similar to in overall quality ?
I think that it could certainly be a desktop replacement amp. It's hard to compare to other desktop amps because there are many areas to compare, such as power, sound signature, detail, soundstage. So, while it's on the same level as many desktop amps, that doesn't mean they sound the same.
It's warmer than my DACmini with a warm tone that's similar to the EF5 or Icon DAC.
It's more powerful than my Woo WA6 but less powerful than my DACmini.
It's soundstage is a little wider than the WA6 or EF5, while the DACmini probably comes close to it.
It's not as bright as the DACmini in comparison, but on it's own it's not dark sounding.
It's detail is probably very close to my maxed WA6 or DACmini, which are both slightly more detailed than the EF5.
It's more forward sounding than the DACmini, but not as forward as the EF5.
etc etc etc