Originally Posted by K.T.
I know what you mean. When I switched over to the LME49600, I thought the same. It still sounds good, but there's a slight wiriness/thinness there.
Gonna switch back to BUF634 to see how it strikes me again.
Well, both have their strengths.
When I switched back to BUF634, the sound smoothed out noticeably. For the cans and IEMs I was using, it was too smooth. Despite the slight wireless/thinness of the LME49600, I did miss it's immediacy with those particular cans/IEMs.
However, the BUF634 does sound great with some other cans I have, like the Thinksound ON1. Really good.
BUF634 seems to mate well with cans or IEMs that tend to have hard, bright, or prominent treble.
LME49600 leans the other way - a better match for phones/IEMs with more subdued treble.
But treble is not the only aspect in which the two chips differ, though that is the most obvious area of matching.
So it's really a matter of synergy.
Luckily, guys, we have choices. Some good ones. Shows that there is not one blanket solution for all headphones.
Getting it the source, amplification, and cans matched right can make or break the listening experience.