You might want to pick your headphones first-that could affect you decision on amps (or at least look at everything from both sides). Stax come with their own amps so the Cary is useless. And some headphones are just easier to drive than others, so you could get equal/better results with other less expensive headphone amps (Grado's are a much easier load than electrostatic phones). In fact, a good state-of-the-art preamp would be a better splurge with that money if you have a 2ch system that could use some upgrading, plus get the nice headphone amp you want (Melos and Audio Research have had some nice ones). Because the Cary sure isn't much for driving speakers-you'd be paying alot for just a headphone amp. Granted headphones aren't as brutal/difficult to drive, but the Cary stuff performance wise for the money is a piece of junk (at least with speakers and I still don't know if I could justify it for phones). headphone.com and headwize.com have plenty of other tube and SS amps. Headphone.com has alot of really nice stuff-at more sane prices. Now I believe Koss builds a nice pair of phones that need a full 7 watts to get going-one point in favor of the Cary a good preamp couldn't do-if those are the phones you want.
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