Why? (it appears VisceriousZERO owns an LAu also).
Yes, it's been in prototype form for awhile. This is the production version.
Monoblocks for headphones? Why not! Doc from Bottlehead powered a pair of AKG 1000s with two Paramount 300Bs...
BTW, if you can put 15k on a pair of monoblocks, you can surely afford a good preamp :) What puzzles me is that the pictures on Woo Audio website show that the inputs on the back on the monos are either one XLR or two single ended red and white RCA... (maybe simply 3 inputs?)
WIthout the intention to troll - after some consideration I am wondering how the costs/selling price of these things break down.
You're paying for a.) a pair of beautiful chassis b.) a very intelligent system allowing you to use all sorts of tubes in virtually any combination c.) the circuitry to go with (b) d.) an additional attenuator e.) two speaker driver stages f.) an additional power cord. Oh, and a pair of mono amplifiers for headphones.
IMO, (a) and (e) I can only call nice bonuses, whereas the others are there to cater for the rather innovative system (which is of limited interest if you don't have or plan to have lots of tubes) and to deal with the fact that it's actually two separate amps. And I really wonder how much of the r&d goes into allowing it to use all those tubes compared to making a better amplifier. If they have arrived at a properly good amp in its own rights AND get that cool system working then I think they've made something very special. If not, they've made some very handsome amps indeed.
Munkong said on their fb page that the pair is slightly less than 600,000 THB. That's about 18.75k USD. But then we have import duties and all sorts of crap. I'd expect the US price is closer to 15-16k. May be more/less depending on how wild you're going with your glassware.