The Peak has three inputs, selected by a front panel switch, which is a nice touch for those who use multiple sources (e.g., turntable/phonostage, DAC, and perhaps a music server). There is also a line output (which is automatically muted when headphones are in use) that can be used to drive power amps or powered speakers. The fit and finish are pretty basic to keep the price down. At the same time, the focus seems to be on quality parts, as it should be.
The question, as always, is how these features translate into sound quality. That translation was fascinating to my ears, as this certainly is one of the most interesting sonic designs I’ve heard this year.
Consider this headphone amp if: you want an amp with amazing midrange focus and resolution.
Look elsewhere if: absolute transient accuracy and naturalness are at the top of your list of needs.
Ratings (compared to similarly-priced headphone amps)
•Tonal Balance: 8.5
•Output Flexibility: 9.5