I have a possible situation with my hdvd800 as amp only.
I use this as an amp daily leaving it on mostly. I have found or think it sounds better warmed up for a while, now this could be plecibo who knows .
but owning a hugo and now a ifi dsd micro I have found an new oddity. both dacs when used to drive the amp input sound bad. with the hugo it takes off the top end a bit . loosing the air around the music . with the ifi its much worse its dulling and warmes it up to much. the hdvd800 is a very neutral amp I think and this is gret with any dac I have ever tried . except the two above . what can it be . I use simple rca interconnects and have trtied a few just to see. I am thinking its about output to input imp being bad for the input of the hdvd800 . what can I do ??
the hd800 sounds better with the ifi direct so much better that I cannot use the setup. it does not make the hugo bad but does loose the air.
help any ideas ?? I am going to try a preamp in between them but I do not own one . and the only one I do own is very old a david halfler old . showing my age here I built it when I was a kid . help ???
I followed your advise on using AP+PP on the HDVD800 and the sound is much improved. I am also considering to get a hugo if it can further enhance the SQ. Now you mentioned that the HDVD800 doesn't match well with hugo have worried me a bit. Can you elaborate how does it sound using hugo with HDVD800 compare to HDVD800 with AP+PP? Does it sound worse to use a better DAC such as hugo with the HDVD800?
If you do have any update on using HDVD800 with hugo, please share with us! Thanks.