It’s fantasy island at the moment but I’m thinking about options for a tube headphone amp. However, I have not had any opportunities to hear any, aside from a brief trade show encounter with one of the Linear Tube Audio integrateds. The brands on my radar:
Woo Audio (WA 22, 33, 5)
Linear Tube Audio (various)
ZMF Pendant (and/or other Ampsandsound amps)
Coincident Dynamo SE III
Did I miss any? The price range seems to be anywhere from just under 2k to just over 7k. Obviously, they all use different tubes and have different selling points (being able to pull double duty as a low-watt speaker amp is a plus). Herb Reichert’s reviews/columns for Stereophile and its related websites have touched on some of these, and in some depth and variation, but I’m wondering if anyone out there has any real-time experience listening to these, or would have thoughts/comparisons. (I have read comments on Woo amps and the Pendant in posts; not so much LTA or Manley; Coincident is kind of an outlier, but the amps have been well-reviewed in The Absolute Sound (although not so much for headphones as for high-efficiency speakers). I probably won’t buy one at all, as I get really nice sound out of the headphone outputs of my Class D integrateds from Bel Canto, but the itch is always there.