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Yape, AK240 is such a beautiful device, but can't afford $2.5k, better to invest in real estate.
But I don't mind having it at lower price (under $500) loll.
At the end of the day, if you don't like it move on. Don't put yourself through something you don't like just because it's supposed to sound good. However, I'd like to point out that the HD800 is one of the most sensitive to gear changes. More than any planar or dynamic I've owned or tried so far. The sound can change quite quickly with different gear.
I use HD800 with studio gear exclusively. All flat DACs and headphone amplifiers. Neither make them sound harsh or thin. In fact quite full. More so than LCD-3's slow sound. I've heard dark gear like LCD-2's and LCD-3 get more aggressive and unbearable in the treble region due to bad amps or DAC pairings…BDA-2/BHA-1 combo being one of them. Yet the HD800 can pull it off in the treble while being super resolving.
I owned O2 for 2 years and had the ODAC from my friend for 2 months. In that period I tried a bunch of speaker and headphone amps combos. The O2 was definitely bright. It's counterpart ODAC was decent, but definitely not end all in performance. I've heard people say that those two are supposed to be flat, but when compared to other solid state flat studio gear, both the O2 (to a higher degree) and ODAC are definitely not as neutral as you might expect it to be.
Maybe you can audition your HD800 with other gear before getting rid of it? Anyways, best of luck with your decision.
Your saying the BHA-1 / BDA-2 makes the treble in the LCD-2 and LCD-3 aggressive and unbearable? Whoa.. That's the first I've heard that. I thought the BHA-1 and the LCD-3 was a good pairing when I owned them. Never heard them with the BDA-2 though.
Not the LCD-2. The LCD-3 balanced, yes. I had to keep turning down the volume because of the treble. I'd describe it as a high end, refined and polished Emotiva Mini-x but still sharing it's aggressiveness. Although with D2000 on single ended was very pleasing. When I switched the BDA-2 to Arcam D33, the BHA-1 became much more enjoyable. There was also another Naim gear tried it with and that also sounded as nice and was in the middle of those two.
It was a very tight, fast combo to listen though - excellent imaging. Just a tad too aggressive and didn't win me over. I've met few people that also said they didn't like the BHA-1 due to it's aggressiveness - some even at the latest Toronto meet.