I was PMing someone about the HD800 and I said that my Headstage could drive it up extremely loud without the need to turn up the gain setting. But I replied with something about them not driving the headphones "properly". What does that mean?
What kind of amp do I need to drive it properly and how much does it matter? How much of the headphones SQ am I missing out on with a weak portable amp (5%, 10%, 20%, 40%?). When I tried the amp out, it did not create any distortion at my usual listening level and everything sounded fantastic. No artifacts or any other perceivable issues.
I know people have like 1k+ amps and all but lets make a fair comparison and tell me how much better would a $300 "real amp" be without any exaggerations.