Headphone amp that is the equivalent of a muscle tube amp?

David Matz -- Thu, 05/06/2010 - 07:44

Is there a headphone amp that is the equivalent of a VTL Siegfried or Wotan / ARC 610? Woo Audio, maybe?
 
Is this comparison valid?
 
 

David Matz -- Fri, 09/24/2010 - 10:05

After doing A LOT of listening, I can answer my own question.   I guess audiophiles are not into headphones that much - and I understand why, owning huge electrostats.  Or they listen through crappy amps.
 
The top 2 contenders I found are Woo WA5 and Manley 300B.  The Woo is faster and more dynamic.  It is also 2 huge pieces, requiring adequate rack space.  The Manley is a tad slower (but not slow by any means!), but has much more depth and dimensionality.  The Manley is also a preamp.  The Manley is more expensive. 
 
Both have SS qualities of speed and control yet have the warmth and dimensionality of tubes.   Have your cake and eat it too.

gradofan -- Tue, 09/28/2010 - 07:15

The answer is here - http://www.avguide.com/forums/best-headphone-amp - see the last post.

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