The Kenzie is simply a delightful headphone amp. The Kenzie has a stylish retro-design evoking gear from the 40s, and comes equipped with quality NOS (US NAVY) VT-137 output tubes with a VT-289 driver.
A classic transformer output design, the Kenzie delivers a truly expansive soundstage, with a lovely tone and texture. The noise floor of the amp is quite low, presenting a hiss-free inky-black background, even with fairly efficient headphones like the ETHER Flow.
Highs are smooth and airy, mids have that “ahh” factor you get from great gear, and the bass is warm and powerful while avoiding the syrupy thickness some tube gear imparts on the sound.
The Kenzie pairs beautifully with the ETHER Flow and ETHER C Flow, and is a particularly excellent pairing for jazz and classical enthusiasts. If you enjoy the natural and relaxed tone of tube gear and are looking for a stylish, well built, quiet and sweet sounding unit, you owe it to yourself to give the Kenzie a try.
P.S. It pairs very nicely with the Gungnir Multibit DAC.