I am purchasing a new pair of Audeze LCD2 headphones soon and would like sound (pardon the pun) advice from Head-Fiers on what desktop amplifier works best. Ideally, I would like to keep the cost of the amp to $1K max. Unless someone can convince me otherwise, it just seems backwards to spend more on the amp than the 'phones (though maybe that is just me and my self imposed budget-I am fully aware of great amps from Cavalli, Woo Audio, ALO, AURALic among others). A Sony HAP-Z1ES player will feed the amp, so balanced input into the amp is a possibility as well.
Here are two I'm considering now:
1) Burson Soloist
2) ALO Audio PanAm
Thank you all!