Hello, this marks my first post outside of the classifieds, lol.
As the topic suggests, I am seeking advice and/or suggestions with regards to choosing a desktop amp to pair with my Grado GS-1000i.
My current setup is as thus:
Source: MHDT Labs Havana DAC .// Raytheon 5670 Windmill Getter
Interconnect: Van Den Hul "The Second"
Amplifier: Darkvoice 3322 .// Ulyanovsk 6S19P-B, Mullard EF9
Phones: ATH-5, GS-1000
Due to a Darkvoice having come my way conveniently when i first went about looking for an amp, I simply bought that and went on with it. It's been about a year now, and sadly, I am bored of my setup.
Although I thought I could re-cable my GS 1k at Moon-audio, my immediate concern was the Darkvoice, which seems to be the only limiting piece in the entire set.
It was good while it lasted, but I find myself wanting more detail and more of everything in general, something audio enthusiasts suffer from, regrettably.
As such, I have been wondering what to upgrade to. Although I have gone through various reviews and done quite a bit of reading, I have unfortunately only managed to test the Yamamoto HA-02, and honestly speaking I was not really blown away, although I did notice the detail increase, and better staging.
However, my budget as of now is rather limited, so extravagant amps like the Zana Deux line is out.
My ultimate aim is to reproduce, or at least come close to, the Grado PS-1's signature. I've tried the PS-1000 and really didn't like it, and in my audio travels I have not found anything close to it. It's the very "Liquid" feel of the PS-1's bass that I cannot forget, and I suppose as such I have been trying to come as close to it as possible in my setups.
It would be very much appreciated if any feedback can be given with regards to possible amps that can be matched well with the GS1k in general, or if anyone has any recommendations to make.
I look forward to your advice and suggestions.
Thank you for your time.