Originally Posted by AdrianTW
Being a portable rig user, I'm not sure whether M8 is perfect for LCD-2/3.
Maybe HE-500 is another good choice for me.
Maybe M8(as a DAC) plus The Intruder(as an AMP) could be an ultimate solution for me.
Just wait and see
M8 plus Intruder doesn't make sense to me. Why combine an all in one portable package with another one that is slightly less featured? You pay a lot of money for redundant features and increase your portable footprint. The Intruder was good when I heard it several times, and while it got impressively loud, it didn't do anything special for me. Obviously, only a select few have heard the prototypes of the M8, but I am almost certain that the M8 won't give up much to the Intruder, if anything at all, plus has a TON more useful features from a company that specializes in digital audio. I am by no means saying the Intruder isn't a good component (and Ray Samuels is a really nice guy), but the combo just confused me to the point that I had to ask what your rationale was.
And the HE-500 isn't much better than an LCD for transportable, although I might have misunderstood your choices.
Just curious what kind of information and criteria you are using for your possible choices.