How much difference can a headphone amp make to your listening?

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Should it be the proverbial ‘straight wire with gain’, or should it shape the sound and add something positive to it? Those were the questions I had when I encountered the Wells Audio Dragon headphone amp. It’s a large device – a hybrid solid-state and tube amp with a large transformer.

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I listened to pure analog music and a lot of high-resolution digital recordings to see how it fared and compared it to other tube and solid-state headphone amps. My conclusions are in my upcoming Dragon review here at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity.