Uber-headphones and amplifiers from Germany

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Steve Guttenberg writes: Germany's autobahn highway system has no speed limits, and I sometimes wonder if it's a coincidence that so many of the world's best headphones -- Ultrasone, Sennheiser, and Beyerdynamic -- all hail from there. The Germans passion for technical excellence knows no bounds, so when Beyerdynamic sent over its new amp, the A 2 ($1,699) and flagship T 1 headphones ($1,399) I was eager to check them out. The T 1 isn't new, and while I've always liked it, I didn't love it. Maybe the A 2 would make the magic happen. They also sent the more affordable A 20 amp ($679); both amps were designed and made in Germany.

The company has been on a roll lately, its T 51p ($289) is the best on-ear headphone I've heard, beating out the Sennheiser On-Ear Momentum, V-Moda XS, and Bowers & Wilkins P5. Beyerdynamics' DX 160iE in-ears ($119) are also tops. So Beyerdynamic doesn't just make superb high-end headphone gear; their more-affordable stuff is damn good.

The two low-profile amps are elegantly understated designs, but only the A 2's glass top reveals a sprinkling of orange glowing LEDs that remind me of tubes (the A 20 has a metal top). The A 2 has two pairs of stereo RCA inputs and two 6.3mm headphone jacks; the A 20 has a ..............

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