- Phatlab Audio PHAntasy: Review: Phatlab Audio PHAntasy – Uniquely PhantasticThe best volume attenuator knob I’ve used, bar none, is the smooth, grippy thing cleverly hidden in PHAntasy’s deep protective well. Then, there is the brilliant, ring and reverb which brightens, clarifies, and beautifies all high-impedance headphones. Its only downside is that it is next to worthless with low-Ω headphones and earphones.
- Vorzüge DUO II: VorzAMP duo II™I’ve got one in office. I’ve measured it and been listening to it for a couple weeks. I’ve got a review waiting in the wings. Its new EQ boasts two modes: bass and high-mids boost, and bass boost, and Vorzüge’s great gain system. It measures almost as well as the PURE II and PURE II Plus, so it’s about as good as it gets. Keep an eye out for this one.
- Winner: MyST PortAMP II: MyST PortAMP II: Review: MyST PortAMP II & PortaDAC 1704 – contrast Powerful as hell, tough as nails, and almost completely load agnostic, this is the most impressive battery-powered amp I’ve ever used. It may be the most impressive amp of any power source I’ve ever tried.