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I got one of these for christmas, and listening to some of my WIPs on it, I picked up some new nuances and details, and going through some of my electronic favorites, what it did for the sound with my headphones (both typically considered bass-light, the AKG Q701 and Grado SR225i) was unreal. The bass and drums slam like I've always wanted them to, and the usually too present hihats have pulled back and made both headphones much less fatiguing.
So, granted that this isn't as linear as a solid state amp, could I justify using it while mixing in your opinions? I worry because A) the frequency response is skewed (albeit for the better in my opinion) and B) distortion is an order of magni-tude (heh, I couldn't help myself) higher than my solid state amp (refer to specs here and at the link above, THD and IMD: [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
). On the other hand, it brings out some more detail (or different, at least) and it makes my headphones way easier to work with for a longer period of time, which I think could help me make better choices while mixing.
Do any of you use tubes in the signal path between your mixer/daw and your transducers (them's your speakers or headphones)?