Originally Posted by spritzer
AKG hasn't made good headphones for at least a decade and Beyer have made exactly one good set, the excellent ET-1000. The bias on these is a bit odd but most good examples can work off a normal bias socket.
If you want a good, cheap amp then get a G-lite. That is the golden standard, nothing out there can touch it for the price.
Given all the raving about the AKG 70x family in the Mad Lust Envy thread, I often wonder what they sound like as a reference point...problem is, a typical 70x, especially the K702 65th Anniversary Edition, is firmly in used Stax Lambda price territory ($250-350 + another $220 or so for the amp, about in line with a vintage Lambda, transformer box and speaker amp).
The ET-1000...almost forgot about that one. I've seen it for sale a few times, but haven't managed to actually buy it yet. I wonder how it compares to the Lambdas I've tried.
G-lite...never heard of it...*searches*...you must mean the Gilmore Lite, since Kevin Gilmore has a reputation as an amp designer who knows what he's doing (KGSS, BHSE). At $500 (when it was still in production), it's more than I expected, but quality doesn't come cheap. You're about as picky with your amps as I am with my flight sim controls, after all.
(The way I look at it, Headamp products are a lot like the U2-NXT, FSSB, Simpeds, and other premium equipment like that, made to work smoothly, reliably and precisely with none of the jankiness mass-produced controller gimbals and pedals have...if you can afford them. But once you've tried 'em, there's no turning back.)