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Basically, if you are satisfied with the Cavalli, let things alone and be happy.  Seeing that you are too restless to be happy, see if you can audition the HDVD800 somewhere first.  I own both HD800 & HDVD800 and am totally happy with the combination.  I don't know anything about the Cavalli so can't advise there.  Different cans have different synergies with different amps.  I found what works best for me and have given up the endless game of trying to improve things...
Just wondering if there is any qualitative difference between FLAC and ALAC files.  The are both the same concept.   Will my ALAC files sound any different from a FLAC file?   Thanks for any comment.   Bill
Is there any qualitative difference between FLAC AND ALAC?  They are both the same concept. Does an Apple lossless file sound the same as a FlAC file?   Just wondering if my ALAC files for my iPod will sound the same if I use them through something else.   Thanks,   Bill
Do your comparisons SE.  After you decide, if what you wind up with has XLR cabling option go further by adding that.  I made my comparisons using SE only with HD600, so I didn't have to recable my HD800/HDVD connection.  The SE HD600 connection, after volume matching, was satisfactory for the job, allowing me to hear the difference in the amps.  I am not sure the XLR4 cabling from the cans to the amp really helps, some people think it does, some don't, but it can't...
Now that you have an amp you like, why look for a DAC with a built-in amp?  Perhaps for the same money you can get a better DAC.  I think the things are usually either one or the other.  Either its a DAC with an amp thrown in (better DAC than amp) or its am amp with a DAC thrown in (just a so so DAC).  Also bear in mind there are other components in the DAC output than just the chip, whatever, Burr-Brown, Cirrus Logic, etc. Once you have satisfactory performance with one...
Both burned in yes.  Also both warmed up for about 4 hour before comparison.  The HDVD 800 seems to improve measurably after 4 or 5 hours warm up, so should your 600.  I have no experience with DAC1.  I should be happy with what I have.  This is what I learned with buying the Benchmark.  It didn't do anything wrong or bad, just not an improvement over what I already had. At least now I have a remote  volume control for the Senn HDVD800; that is nice.  Basically I just...
I just compared the amps in the HDVD800 and Benchmark DAC2, using HD600 and analog out of the Marantz SA8005 using its DAC and bypassing the DACs in both Senn and Benchmark.  After several minutes it became apparent the HDVD800 amp was superior.  Better detail, definition and a greater soundstage.  The HDVD800 is an amp first and a DAC second.  The DAC2 is a DAC first and an amp second.    Case closed.
I also have a Denon DVD-3930 and consider it to be equal in quality and voicing to the Marantz SA8005.  My Oppo BDP95 is more detailed but a bit bass-shy on some recordings.    I think it may be that for all practical purposes, I have about as good as it gets, materially speaking.  Any significant improvement, either in DAC or amp would run into the multi thousands of $.  Listening again today, I think the Benchmark DAC2 is actually the equivalent of the Senn HDVD 800...
I just acquired a Benchmark DAC2 HGC and am wondering if I made a good choice.  The DAC sections of both my disc players, Oppo BDP 95 and Marantz SA 8005 seem to outperform the Benchmark. Is there a well recognized axiom that the output from decent DACs from different manufacturers have different synergy with different amps, like the synergy between amp and cans?  If this is so, I have another long and arduous journey in a search for a better match.  If I subsitituted a...
Balanced.  XLR out from source to HDVD800 and XLR4 to HD800.  I'm not sure it makes a difference, but it can't hurt to try for all you can theoretically get.
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