A very short message to let you know that I received the V200 and V800 yesterday.
I will not make a lot of comment, I don't feel I have enough experience for that, but one thing I noticed, I can listen to the HD800 a lot longer without getting tired (it seems the sound has more "body" than it had with my sound card, I can't tell yet if it is due to the V200 or the V800).
I cannot say I hear as huge a difference between the combo V200 / V800 and my essence STX as I expected but it might be due to my untrained hears (Don't misunderstand me here please, the V200 / V800 combo sounds extremely good and I cannot say I have ever personally heard anything better). I guess, once you reach a certain level of quality, it becomes increasingly difficult for an untrained person to really describe what happen and why the sound is four or five percent better.
I still have a few things to test (connect the V200 to the essence STX to see how much of a role the V800 plays in the sound difference) and I need to solve a little "popping" problem that I can hear when playing music (both, when using the usb connection and when using the coaxial input (coax of the V800 connected to the coax out of the essence STX in bypass mode). I don't think it comes from the PC because the sound from the sound card was perfectly clean).
Oh, and I really have to agree with project86, both the V200 and V800 are actually very beautiful and the finish is absolutely perfect.