I've heard the current Max and Max Balanced a few times, including the Balanced once in my system, and they're very good amps. Probably have some of the best bass I've ever heard in a headphone amp. That said, personally I found them a bit dry in the mids and highs. Also, I'm not a big fan of crossfeed, which Headroom is a big proponent of. If you're shopping in that lofty price range, you'd be remiss not to audition products from Ray Samuels Audio, Singlepower, and HeadAmp, among others. BTW, I've haven't done a comparo between the current and previous generations of the Max in my rig--though I have heard them separately in other systems--so any opinions I might offer on that subject would be meaningless. Hope this helps.
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