Originally Posted by BournePerfect
Still thinking about picking up an A8...can anyone tell how well the built in headphone amp can drive the HD800, in terms of synergy mainly? Also, is the dac on par with $1500-2500 dacs currently available? Just trying to (potentially) kill 2 birds with one stone here for the dac part...tia.
No. Not in my opinion. I tried this briefly once more today. I cannot tell you how much better the HD800 may have sounded from a headphone amp driven by the Realiser because I'm all Stax these days and have no dedicated headphone amp for the HD800 so the best I can do is to compare HD800's directly out of the Realiser to the lowest Stax SR202 driven by a toslinked W4S DAC2 through Stax SRM727. There is no comparison.
I don't think the Realiser drives the HD800's well and although the DAC in the Realiser isn't at all bad, it sounded veiled. If you have HD800's and are considering a Realiser, you will probably have expectations that wouldn't be met.
When I had a HD800 amp (a Taiwan clone of the Lehmann Black Cube), driven by the same DAC, I recall that sounded fine. Not quite up there with Stax for detail, attack, but..... I would factor in first an amp, then a DAC.