Great review Gavin!
The beauty of this hobby is that sometimes the opinions on a particular product differ dramatically even among experienced players. Although I agree with most of your findings regarding the two amps, my conclusion happens to be exactly the opposite of yours: I found the 8ps is the warmer, more musical one while the LL2 being more neutral(a bit on the cold side maybe), more clinical sounding. How interesting is that!
I think you have highlighted the salient point that opinions can differ immensely. But no problems there whatsoever. If opinions didn't differ there is no need for choices!
Can't wait to hear the 009 on your, hopefully, soon to arrive BHSE!
Hiya. It is indeed interesting regarding the LL2..........
My good friend, an audiophile like myself, was just at my place to listen to both amps with the 009. He also prefers the LL2. I really don't understand why the LL2 sounded the way it did in Tokyo?!!?!