Portal Audio : new audiophile company, very headphone friendly!
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here is their website : Portal Audio

from a stereophile article that can be read in full HERE

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"We wanted one product that could simultaneously appeal to the person who already has an excellent system in his/her listening room and wants something simple, but with exceptional audio quality, for another location; the entry-level audiophile who wants a generous taste of high-end performance; and anyone who wants exceptional quality when listening on headphones."


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According to Abrams, the headphone output does not differ from the main output path except for the addition of a simple protection device. "We paid special attention to the headphone listening aspect of the unit, putting the jack in the path of the speaker outputs.


 
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more info, from their website : http://www.portalaudio.com/headphone_use.html

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For Headphone users:


We've taken special efforts to make the Panache ideal for headphone users. In many cases, when you plug headphones into a source component or an integrated amp, you are hearing the output of a cheap Integrated Circuit chip, a level of quality right up there with the average Walkman. The Panache headphone output does not differ from the main output path except for the addition of a simple protection device.

When you plug in 'phones, you'll notice that your loudspeakers automatically go silent. We made this choice instead of inserting a selector switch which would have degraded the sound of both the headphones and the speakers.


 
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O.K. so who's going to be the first to test drive this amp?
 
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anyone with a spare $1800 . . .
 
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There is the "risk-free" 60 day home trial.....
 
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yeah, but still, thats a 2000 charge to your credit card. . .
 
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