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What would you like to see in a headphone amp?

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Hey guys

I just got back from the DC audio fest yesterday, and I met a very interesting person who runs LKV research http://www.lkvresearch.com/

They were demoing a preamp and a phonostage. It sounded super smooth and super rich without using any fancy distortion or anything like that. Normally I am not a fan of solid state equipment. There were even some other rooms that had 40,000

After talking with Mr. Hutchins for a while, I learned that he tested each part and hand matched certain parts together to keep the distortion down as low as humanly possible. The capacitors are all high quality film capacitors (no electrolytic capacitors were used). Lastly, there were no op amps. Everything was the product of undying quality control, and the use of high quality parts.

Further into the conversation, he asked what I would like to see in his product line up, so I told him about this website and how a lot of people would like to have a headphone amp in the 100-150 dollar range.

I think he would like to see some feed back from the community in order to get this product right.

Some things he/we would like to know is what kind of headphones do you use, what music do you listen to, and what are you really looking for in an audio experience?

Is form factor an issue? Would you like to keep costs down and have an plain looking amp, or would you rather spend 20 bucks more and get something that is flashy?

I would like to hear some idea of what you guys might be looking for in a budget amp.
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Posting my 2c here:

Assuming that this upcoming product is a desktop amp, I would like it to have both a headphone and RCA out for speakers if that's possible. Having a double functionality will definitely increase its usability in my opinion. If that's not the case, that's fine considering the budget.

For me, what I want in that amp is great soundstage and clarity while having a real slight tinge of warmth. I listen to a variety of genres - rock, oldies, acoustic, electronic and their derivatives - so a well-rounded sound signature would be nice. Only a bit of coloration to make it sound fun. smile.gif

My cans are the SRH840 and DT990 Pro, which are rated at 44 and 250 ohms. Others here may have a much wider range of equipment which have different power requirements; thus, the ability to drive anything from sensitive IEMs to full-sized headphones is somewhat necessary.
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