I’m tempted to make the same trade, but I’d have to demo the Jot2 first.
Since I have SW51+ now, consider myself set on tube amps for now. It has me in a place where I don't care to go big boy tube amp. That and having a nice SS amp, will be happy with that for the foreseeable future. Just sold my ZDT Jr
I guess the one advantage of the LP over the 51+ is that it can play a wider variety of headphones.
This is true. For me, I plan on keeping Auteur, HD650K, and more than likely Clears also for the foreseeable future and I sure prefer Auteur and HD650K with SW51+... Clears I'm not sure yet, they go pretty well with the LP but also sound pretty great from the Lo Z out on SW51+
A SS version of the Liquid Platinum is the Liquid Gold X. It's the SS sound of what the LP would be without tubes and with more transparency. Sort of. For better or worse. The tubes in the Cavalli embedded hybrids do help the sound and the Liquid Gold X doesn't get that help.
@Hammy As much as I love the LP, I have not been tempted to try the Gold. Although if Monoprice started doing crazy discounts on it like they’ve done for the LP who knows what could happen.
@Merrick you're in Portland? Could do a local loaner of my LAuX so you could try it. It's a neat amp if you like the Cavalli sound, but is also more fussy about headphone pairing synergies than the LP.
@Hammy Sweet! I may take you up on that. As it is I’m expecting an SW51+ shortly so that should keep my attention for now, but I will let you know when I have the time for a LAuX loaner. Thank you for the offer!
@Merrick give me a ping if/when you want to try the LAuX. Loans are the way to share new gear while we can't do physical meets. Jealous of your SW51+. That's going to be nice euphonic tube goodness. SS amps like the Jot2 are going to be easier to pair headphones with. The LAuX is fussy. I'm still trying to figure out headphone synergy with it.
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