So my Lyr arrived and the experience I am having with it here is probably even better than the one I had when I demoed it a couple of weeks back.
I finally feel I am getting something like the performance I should be from my HE-500s, and my HD650s sound fabulous as well. I feel the response is flatter and I am hearing all the nuances, echoes and reverberations that were lost with the Asgard 2. Contrary to what one might expect the Lyr is more resolving than the A2, and in comparison the A2 seems almost incoherent with these phones.
So I am pretty happy and for once satisfied with the equipment I have. I did audition a few amps in the $2K range and I was surprised to find the Lyr was better than most, so I feel I have no reason to look farther now. The Lyr is a pretty fantastic amp for the price, and after using it I can understand the reasons for Schiit's positive reputation.
which $2k amps did you audition?