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  Honestly, there is no more debate in my mind. I could hear cable differences from the outset, but as my setup has improved, these differences have only become more pronounced. It has gotten to the point where I can easily point out which cable material is being used on my HD800s and HE6s blind. 10/10 times.   The trick is to learn the sound of the cable so you know what to look for in comparison to other cables.   Crucially, I have found cable differences to be far...
  Mark, I agree with everything you've said. But, I just wanted to add that the GS-X can scale higher and sound better with a better signal. The Lavry isn't the last word in DACs IMO.
Latest fw. The unit came in to the store last month. Edit: BTW, I found noticeable differences among the filters. Like you, I found filter 4 the smoothest/darkest, but I more often prefer filter 1. It sounds more dynamic and punchy. I can see the preference changing with even small changes in equipment (including cables).   I find the P/V easier to listen to than either the Dynahi or Beta22. More mid-centric, liquid, forgiving, smoother (but not always darker), with a...
What's funny is that the Ref 7.1, a PCM1704UK DAC, is brighter and sharper than the PWD (not in a harsh way). The former is more neutral while the latter is definitely the more forgiving, rounded, and smoother.   This is all assuming the use of a good converter. Otherwise the Ref 7.1 can sound mushy and veiled.
Yea, I think I remember reading anything below 60% should be avoided. You lose some resolution though I haven't tested it myself. It's easy for me to keep the PWD at 100% and control the volume from the amp or PC.
Honestly, I've found with a good source, most of the amps recommended here can sound great.   I personally love the hybrid Apex Peak/Volcano with the HD800. Though SS amps are my usual preference, I feel I need a dose of tube magic at times.   Many times in the past, I've found even good tube amps didn't have the control and imaging of their SS competitors. That's why I've gravitated towards hybrid designs, which seem to retain much (but not all) of the benefits...
I don't have the bridge, but Steve from Empirical Audio said it's better than the USB input. (Some others, including purrin, I know agree)   According to comparisons done on other fora, it's still not as good as the OR5, but the difference may not be worth the extra cost at that point.
  USB > NativeX Coax > NativeX (when using the outboard converters, the difference between Native and NativeX isn't as great as it is with USB)   I2S > Native (I2S does not work with NativeX)   NativeX improved the USB input for sure, but not always Coax. I thought the OR5 sounded slightly better sometimes without it and sometimes with it. More often, I preferred NativeX, so I just leave it on. With the MK3 JKSPDIF, it's up in the air, have to listen more to determine...
Tested the USB vs Coax input on the PWD MK2 (2.2.0). I stuck with the Dynahi for this for its transparency.   Fed by a fully upgraded OR5, there's a very significant and immediately noticeable increase in SQ. Soundstage is larger, imaging more focused, bass is tighter but simultaneously more extended and prominent. There's also just more detail retrieval, more air around instruments. The treble is more liquid and extended without any harshness. USB sounds flat and...
All 3 of the amps you have (or will have) are good. With the P/V, the Shuguang is my choice for the HD800 if you want a darker, bassier sound. Your other tubes aren't bad either, just not as dark. Beta22 is the bassiest of the three, with the largest soundstage and fairly smooth sound. The Dynahi is my favourite amp, but with some sources it can easily sound the worst of the bunch.   When you get the HD800s, remember to carefully take off the stock cable and throw...
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