Pros: Fantastic quality, beautiful sound
Cons: Needs balanced XLR Cable to really shine
I first listened to the HDVD800 in Vegas at the CES Show in January 2013 and wasn't sure if it was worth the £1500 asking price, mainly due to the noisy environment at the show. Having spent some time with it at the London Head-Fi Meet and the chance to try it with the balanced XLR Cable with the HD800's, I was completely sold and knew I'd have to get one asap. Fast forward a couple of weeks later and courtesy of Custom Cable, I have one on my desk.
Balanced cable isn't on general release yet from Sennheiser, however I have one on order. Now even without and using the standard HD800 cable, the sound is open, neutral and a pleasure to listen to. Not to mention the simple understated looks of the Amp itself with the viewing window on top. Simply a classy looking amp.
Sound wise, it's simply incredible. A very smooth and neutral sound with enough power to keep me happy.
Video made in my study below...
I'll update the review once the balanced cable arrives.