The first thing I’m gonna say is yes, I realise this isn’t a fair comparison, the Heresy is just a headphone amp and the MX3 is an all-in-one.
The reason I’m looking for a direct comparison of the two is because they’re roughly the same price, and they both have a headphone amp function, so what I’m asking for is the comparison between them this specific use case.
I was sold on the heresy until I found out the MX3 exists. IMO the MX3 looks way better aesthetically, and although I don’t have an immediate use case for all it’s other features right now, I’ve always wanted the option to buy passive speakers without dishing out extra money for an amp, dac, etc. I will use the Bluetooth functionality but obviously I can live without it. The reason I was going to buy the heresy was to pair with my GSX1000 dac to give it more power, but if the MX3 will do that and a whole bunch more while looking way better at the same time, for the same price! In my mind the MX3 is a way better buy.
Except for one thing, is the headphone amplification quality significantly lacking compared to the Heresy? Because after all, the main use case of it will be as a headphone amp, and if the sound is significantly better from the heresy, it would make more sense to go for that and skip the MX3.
So what do you guys think? I’m really on the fence here but since I can’t find any direct comparisons I don’t know what to expect.
Any feedback that helps me solve this dilemma is greatly appreciated!