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Got mine last night and tried with both HD-6XX's and Aeons. This amp has tons of power, detail, intimate soundstage and the best bass I've heard on either of these headphones, especially the Aeons which were a bit weak for me before.
Now I know what headphones scaling up with your gear means. This amp really makes them shine and I highly recommend it next time it drops.
All of this is with stock tubes, I can't wait to see what some recommended tubes to do the sound.
I understand the popularity of balanced output, considering this is a dual-mono amp I'm pretty sure that is impossible without completely redoing the amp. Since we can never have enough good gear, I would still argue this amp is definitely worth giving a shot and you can have others to satisfy that need.
I have the Schiit Valhalla 2 which I find magnificent with the Sennheisers (both HD6XX) but this one has allways attracted me.
Are you comparing this LaFigaro with other amps like the Valhalla 2?
you know quality or our expectations depends a lot of the price we pay, so I would like to know if this one, being almost 75% more expensive, is a consiiderable upgrade t0 the Valhalla 2.
Thanks for the review
I've never listened to the Valhalla 2 so I can't make a direct comparison. I didn't like the Vali2, I found it too laid back, came off as boring. From what I've read, the Vali2 is Schiit's most laid back amp. I've also listened to the ifi MicroDSD BL, LD MK III, and Creative X7. The La Figaro is significantly better than all of these, especially with the HD-6XX.
From what I understand, Chinese amps tend to be "gooey" and alter the sound too much. Fortunately the La Figaro does not do this. Also 6AS7 tubes tend to make for good amps and this should be a noticeable upgrade from your Valhalla. Worst case scenario it can be sold on eBay if you don't like it but shipping costs are a pain, this amp is heavy!
I have mine paired with a Mimby which I really like. Eventually planning on upgrading to the Gumby.
Aeon’s- opened or closed???
I have closed. I'm not a fan of their sound signature, much more into the HD-6XX, LCD-2c, and HE-4XX.