Sorry for the confused last sentence of my previous post! The question is whether I would be better of with the BHSE only, or with the Stax 727II AND the Bel Canto CD2 and VBS1.
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better source or beter amp?
which is more important?
i ordered a BHSE back on March 1st. i finally heard one at RMAF in October. delivery is still a few months away.
i own a Stax SRM-717 myself, as well as O2 mK1 and 009 cans.
my opinion is that it's easy to find pretty good inexpensive digital sources; but if your agenda is to have state of the art performance then get the BHSE. the better digital source with the 727 will be fine; but the O2 mK2 cans are really good and the BHSE will allow them to sing. the fact that you cared enough to get the Stax O2 Mk2's speaks volumes.
I think I'll go for it, especially since I was told by my Bel Canto sale person that I would't get much an improvement if I were to go for what I had in mind. A better way to upgrade my DAC would rather be by getting another DAC (the Bel Canto 3.5 for instance) or some Simaudio or Plinius CD player.