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I spoke to Steve about this preamp at length as I had some mild interest in it as a headphone amp primarily, but was curious about it as a line amp too. Very good design and I especially like the adjustable output voltage feature. Given it's price and the return policy I'd venture to say its worth a listen. I'd try it myself but I have some new toys coming in and doing some final testing on our own preamp. Not enough time right now.
I think he has a money back if you don't like it deal (less 10%) so I may give it a shot. I don't want to lose the transparency of the LDR, nor the black backgrounds but I must say the LDR does have the drawback of not being very linear in it's volume levels across the dial. And I find that there are about 4 spots on the dial that it sounds its best.
Rischa: I too am very interested in the CSP2+. It's either that or a Burson HA-160D (again). If I get the Decware, I'll have to hold on to my current dac. I don't know what to do here. My headphones are the, somewhat difficult to drive, Audeze LCD-2's. I don't know if the Decware will be able to drive the 'phones sufficiently. I guess you didn't get yours yet.
Just saw that the proper Decware headphone amp for the Audeze headphones is actually the Taboo. Meant for headphones from 4-60 ohms (the Audeze is 60). Also, I can sell my amp and use the Taboo (only 6 watts but my speakers are 96db so I'm good). Problem is, looks like the Taboo needs at least 3 volts and my dac outputs only 2V. I emailed Steve and asked him if I'll be ok.
CSP2+ arrived last week and is now, more or less, broken in. How does it sound? In a nutshell, phenomenal. I've already been writing about it over on Audiocircle, so I'll just post a link to that thread in case any of you frequent both sites. Happy to answer any questions here, though, if folks are curious. Here's the link: