The Melos is by far your best choice, if headphones are of primary concern, and it doesn't make a bad line stage preamp either. The SHA-1 and SHA-Gold use a tube / solid-state hybrid design, and have a very open three dimensional sound with excellent clarity. The only negative experience I have had is that they are very tube dependant, both for their sound quality and noise levels. You will probably have to repalce tubes about every 1 year or so, which is a high rate from preamps. But, they use only two tubes total, that are readily available and pretty cheap. Personally, repalcing tubes is no problem considering the sound quality delivered per dollar. Most headphones really come to life on the Melos preamps.
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