Thank you kindly to Purk for taking an afternoon to share his time and gear with me yesterday. It was truly a magic experience for me in many ways. You are a gracious host sir and it was kind of you to have me over.
Okay...meets are a great way to get to sample new hp's and gear and I always like to recommend to those starting out and curious about the hobby to venture out to a local meet. The problem with meets of course is that the environment is almost always very noisy to truly hear and evaluate how something sounds. Now, imagine that you are at a meet with all those wonderful hp's and gear except you are the only person at the event. You walk around from table to table and at your leisure with your own music evaluate each and every setup on your terms. Going back and forth as many times as you like. AND...add to the equation that someone who is truly experienced with all the gears is right there to answer any questions that you might have.
I had just this experience yesterday.
Let me focus on the hd800 and gs-mkii combo. I've heard the hd800 many times before...usually at meet situations and on lot's of amps and dacs. I've heard it sound pretty good on certain rigs but not quite satisfying enough for me personally to invest in it. It was never able to give me a deep, rich, visceral experience that engaged me to the music. The gs-x mkii solved every problem that I've ever had with the hd800...that simple.
Most people agree that the hd800 has some of the best imaging and soundstage in the game. But the disagreements usually tend to crop up over the treble and bass. I've heard "too bright" and "bass light" more times than I can count about the hd800. When using the gs-x mkii, the 800 has some of the most beautiful treble and best bass I've ever had the pleasure to experience. Please be aware that this is coming from someone who is "treble sensitive" and I have zero problems with the presentation of treble on the 800. In fact, it was one of the most enjoying aspects of the hp.
The gs-x mkii comes housed in an impressive chasis. It is elegant looking, refined and certainly totl by my standards...any standard honestly. The amp functioned and operated perfectly under all conditions. As a long time tube guy, it was nice to be able to flip on this amp, with no warm up or fuss, and just enjoy it.
Justin, my hat is off to you and color me impressed. This is quite possibly the finest SS amp that I've had the pleasure to witness. Mostly importantly, the amp was able to create some real magic with the hd800. It was engaging and musical. The hair on my arms stood up (several times) and I was humbled as I sat and listened to my favorite tracks rendered with both finese and power. Many thanks for this wonderful amp. Now, time to start saving my pennies.