The NuForce HA-200 is a great amp for the money - I even hate saying, "for the money" in this case.
It's a single-ended, Class A design that not only sounds great with easy-to-please headphones, but sounds much better with the HD800 than the amp section of my OPPO HA-1, for example.
What does "single-ended Class A" really mean? Read this Nelson Pass article...
I feel compelled to revisit your post, because I'm intrigued at how you came up with this rig. You've got an undeniably great source, a real sleeper of a truly single-ended Class A amp that can crank out 2 Watts rms into 32-Ohms (and that I absolutely love), and perhaps one of the most respected headphones of all time.
I suspect your rig could do circles around most of the rigs we see here, independent of price.
Is this the result of many years of buying, selling and trading?
Were you advised by an experienced friend?
Or are you just a very lucky guy who stumbled into buying this rig accidentally?
UPDATE: I've just finished reading all of your Head-Fi posts - finding this along the way:
To answer my own questions, I'd have to say this rig is the result of your having had "discerning" ears (from your HiFi experience), a good source (from your HiFi experience) and the ability to do a good job reading between the lines as you researched headphones and amps.
Well done, sir!
Edited by zilch0md - Yesterday at 1:46 am