Originally Posted by minimus
Any chance you could compare this amp to other TOTL headphone amps that are more popular among hobbyists on this site? The Eddie Current Balancing Act or the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass come to mind. Not too many people on Head-Fi are familiar with the HP4, so saying the Studio Six beats it is not all that meaningful to most of us.
I'm so sorry bout that. Jude told me the E.A.R HP4 has a great reputation among high end headphone hobbyists. I'll work out a way to review the Studio Six in at least 2 spots (like I did w/ my Audeze LCD3's - with the reviews aimed at different audiences).
I don't have experience with the Eddie Current or Cavalli - but I do have the Ray Samuels Darkstar and Burson Conductor.
Would comparisons to those work well you think?
I don't usually compare products in my reviews, unless I'm using the exact system all-around on all components considered
(same wire leads, etc.). Occasionally I make references to similar products, in order to give the reader what you are seeking: Common ground.
As components differ in philosophy, execution and musicality, I focus on the product I'm reviewing and it's own sonic merit.
However, this community is very important to me, so I'm always down to try new things when asked.
I will say this:
We recently had a serious headphone geek-out sesh, listening to Stax 009's and a Woo WES, along with the Studio Six and Audeze LCD3's and HD800's
(using my MYTEK Stereo192-DSD DAC/Amarra as source)
I can't think of another dynamic headphone rig I've experienced that gets that close to the magic of the 009/WES combo!! It helped showcase just how musical
the Studio Six is!