AUDIOVALVE LUMINARE: an Universal Headphone Amp with three operating modes: Low Impedance / High Impedance (OTL) and STAX
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Like me like me like me! Please someone like me! :)
 
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Perhaps the german review should be taken with a grain of salt:
http://www.head-fi.org/t/607422/new-jecklin-float-qa/45
 
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Personally I am impressed by the number of different headphones that look very well with this amplifier (including Grado (GS1000e) to the latest news (German)) ; also Audeze LCD-3F (in OTL mode) 
US headphones are honored.
 
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Personally I am impressed by the number of different headphones that look very well with this amplifier (including Grado (GS1000e) to the latest news (German)) ; also Audeze LCD-3F (in OTL mode) 

US headphones are honored.

so now looks are more important than sound quality??
 
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Just complementary. I also love photography.

When a photography of  "BHSE by night?"

For my audition, the sound quality of Luminare amp on the two headphones tested (SR-009 and LCD-3F) is remarkable. No doubt about it.
 

 
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When I've posted a photo of my BHSE I've done it while it was light, simply because I see no point in taking a photo of it in the dark because in the dark it's beauty ( IMO it's a beautiful looking amp) can't be seen.
The BHSE again IMO, also sounds as good as it's looks.
 
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In the dark, all the senses stimulated.  :wink:

A tube amplifier at night it's magic!

I agree that hearing senses are stimulated in the dark, but I prefer to look at my BHSE when it's light.
 
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" The best is the enemy of the good " ; what else?
 
BHSE + SR-009 is the best headphone audio system (in production) in the world; sorry, Lau + Abyss is the best headphone audio system in the world; sorry (again), Orpheus System is the best headphone audio system (out of production) in the world. 

Who is right for the best headphone audio system? Personally I don't know.
 
By cons, what I know is that listening to the SR-009 and LCD3F with Luminare amp is (probably) not the world's best headphone audio system but provides two very good listens; perfectly complementary, each providing a (very) great listening pleasure (with the same amplifier).
 
So, what to choose, regardless of the price of the system: the best headphone audio system providing for each better system, I do not doubt it, a great listening pleasure (at least I hope for homeowners), or a good system, more universal, for listening to both two very good headphones (complementary) each with a great listening pleasure (not least of one compared to the other, but equal and complementary).
 
In short, what is best ? or what is good? Two listening pleasures or only one ?; You choose.
 

 
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If I had the money to buy say a Ferrari, I wouldn't get one then try and use it to do tractor work.
Meaning I'd never get one amp to drive two different types of headphone.
But we all have different thoughts.
 
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This amp is very interesting.
 
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Yes, it is.
 
With my experience, it is really very good, sublime with the Audeze LCD-3F (in OTL mode). It is also very good with the HD-800 and the HD-600 (in OTL mode, or in transformer mode). It is excellent with the Stax SR-009, more dynamic than with the Stax SRM 007t2 amp, and with better quality timbre (tone) and more natural listening than with the SRM-727 amp. The tubes used are not expensive; they can give a slightly different tonal palette with different tubes (eg Raytheon tubes, clearer, versus Siemens tubes, denser ; Polam tubes, more neutral).
 

 
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Audeze LCD-3F versus Audeze LCD-X on the amplifier Luminare (OTL mode): why I chose the LCD-3F.
 
Link (in french) : http://www.homecinema-fr.com/forum/post178430850.html#p178430850
 
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