I have been enjoying the ALO Rx MKII for about 3 years, and it is finally dying on me.
While I sent an email to ALO asking them if the issue could be fixed (and how much), I am also looking at this as a chance to switch to another amp.
I have always enjoyed the cleanliness of the amp, and is looking to get something similar to it.
I do not need an external DAC, and in fact, would prefer not to have one.
I mainly use an iPod 4G or a Stoner Acoustic DAC as source.
I use a Westone 3 (with plans with going to a W4 in the future) or a DIY modded Fostex T50-RP as phones, so the amp should be able to drive IEMs as well as orthos.
My budget is <$350, but would like to keep the prices to a minimum if possible.
In terms of features, the only one I would like to have (not a must) is to have internally rechargeable batteries, but is willing to go for Meier amps if the sound quality really justifies it. It should be reasonably I also do not mind used gear.
Some of the amps I am looking at are:
Meier 2Stepdance (9V battery is a negative, but not a killer). The Quickstep is nice, but just too pricey.
JDSLabs C5 (Would be great if this is comparable to the Rx MKII as it is so much cheaper).
JDSLabs O2 (If I do get this, I will use it with my Fostex and Stoner Acoustic DAC combo exclusively with these as I am unlikely to use this as a portable amp).
Leckerton UHA-6S MKII (I get the feeling I am paying extra for a DAC that I am unlikely to use)
Headstage Arrow 4G
Tralucent Audio T1
What are some of the other amps I should look into that are comparable to the ones I am looking at? And if someone have experience with the ALO Rx MKII and another amp, it would be nice to give me a little impression of the comparisons.
Edited by ambchang - 7/22/13 at 11:38am