So I’ve had L30 for about 3 hours now and so far with my Ether CX I’m really enjoying it. For a quick comparison I pulled out my SMSL SP200 and used a Schiit Sys to swap between the two amps.
I had E30 as my Dac and did use the XLR out of SMSL SP200, overall I found L30 was;
- Less Fatigue
- Tactile but without being aggressive
- Improved Cohesion & Staging Depth
- High hats in particular had better sustain and release without being overly energetic
With CX SP200 was a more aggressive on the top end and the stage was lacking a little bit of that sense of 3D dimension, almost sounded kinda flat.
While I don’t feel L30 matches the staging precision, size or cohesiveness of my nicer Tube Amps, I did enjoy it’s linear presentation & envelope. I was also kinda surprised at the improvement to Dynamic contrast Ether CX had overall with L30.
I’ll certainly spend more time listening and continue to explore it’s performance but so far I’m rather impressed with this $140 unit.