Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy
Pretty sure those mega powered amps like the Lyr were made for hard to drive planar headphones like the HE4, 5LE, and HE6 which DO need all that wattage.
Would you also say the Liquid Gold and HeadAmp's GS-X MkII was built for these headphones only?
Because both output more power than the Mjolnir, which does 8 Watts into 32 ohms. These two are the top two solid state amps of the Summit-Fi world for the moment and drive a variety of headphones to amazing potential.
Your theory about the design purpose of the Lyr is flawed. The LCD-2 single handily outsold all the HE models you mentioned. The HE-500 probably has outsold all of them combined as well. If Jason created the Lyr and then followed it up with Mjolnir just for the HE-4/HE-5LE/HE-6, that makes very little sense from a business perspective. He created them for the LCD-2 obviously and the HE-500 as an afterthought. In fact they were voiced with the LCD-2, and thus sound especially amazing with the LCD-2.
At least you agree that feeding most planars more power does yield some audible results. Head-Fi is usually a game of inches. A significant difference for someone might be considered mere inches for another. This is the same for amps/dacs/headphones/cables, pretty much everything we discuss. In fact to someone I know the standard Apple ibud is not a huge step down from the Westone 4R/UE900/SE535. He says it's a small difference that he's not willing to pay big money for.
The Burson in discussion feeds the HE-500 250mW. And He's saying it's worse than the Mad Dog without qualifying his statements in anyway. I'm just pointing this out.
Of course there are other factors than power in how an amp sounds, like the quality of compotents and the overall design. I agree with you whole-heartedly about this; but power is also a factor that shouldn't be ignored. That's all I'm saying.
Edited by M-13 - 9/11/13 at 10:33pm