Scaling and "the HD800s are the pickiest and most difficult to get right" are not the same thing by a long shoot. The fact is, the HD800 will sound good out of many amps. That's just a fact why? Because it's all subjective.
There is not a shred of objective data to prove otherwise - PERIOD.. Another fact is there's no objective data that states the HD800 scales so high, just subjective impressions or "myths"
Again, many of head fir'es feel they have the right amp for the HD800s. So who's to say they don't? Don't sound like this head phone is hard to get right to me. Looks like it's right to more people with different amps than not.
The 160D was not to my liking at all with the HD800s. LCfiner said he loved that combo. This is called preference - that's all it is. We also have some that love the objective stack with the HD800 and some feel it's not good at all. Again = preference. Has nothing to do with the "the HD800s are the pickiest and most difficult to get right" "MYTH"
My experiences say that the HD800s can sound really good from an assortment of gear...but to get their best out of them, it takes quite a bit of effort. I can easily detect differences between amps/dac with them. More so than any dynamic headphone I've own. Not a myth...just first hand experiences.
Many differences/improvements between gear (amps and dacs) are more readily noticeable with my HD800s than my other dynamic headphones. In fact, whenever I try to understand new gear, the HD800s are my "go to" dynamic headphones for evaluation for that reason.
Edited by MacedonianHero - 1/18/14 at 2:43pm