Originally Posted by frankrondaniel
Sounds like from your comments on the HA-1 thread that you find the HA-1 is preferable to the WA7/WA7tp combination for the HD800?
The wa7tp essentially give the wa7 amp a sound a boost in dynamics and extra bass, and elevates it more to the level of woo more expensive offerings. .
But when I compared it to the ha-1 as I had both at same time,
I found the ha-1 to give me a more polished and expansive soundstage..
It was missing the tube euphoria but had this clean sparkle presentation wich was more clear to me..
Originally Posted by nephilim32
I've heard amazing things about that OPPO HA-1. It's definitely major bang for your dollar. I would take it over the HDV800 anyday and I'd save around 600$!!
Actually between my system's set up for headphone use I think I spent around 200$ more than you did, and you claim that the DAC portion in the OPPO measures up to the ARCAM irDAC? That's amazing then. The ARCAM performs like a 1500$ DAC and to my ears it's not a 'mid tier' DAC. It's completely high end, so I guess you are sitting pretty with that OPPO. Sounds great. Love to try it some day. Well done and enjoy.
Lastly I'm sure the amp portion in the OPPO is every bit as good as say, the Burson soloist. I have found that amps don't make as dramatic a change compared to adding DACs into your sound chain. Getting a good DAC is far more noticeable I have found.
It is hard for any dac to surpass the smooth clean polished presentation of the Arcam irdac. .
But top dacs like the matrix X-Sabre reach out a bit more details and liveliness if you can imagine it,
yet the irDAC does have an extremely clean black background and it should be a top recommendation for a sensitive can like the hd800 as it is milky smooth without loosing air and detail retrieval.