I am a newcommer and considering upgrading my current Nuforce HDP / HD650 combo, but where should start with? should I get a better cans first, or amp first or dac?
I can do only one upgrade at a time now due to limited funding, but it is hard to decide which should come first?
or I should save longer and upgrade them all at a time?
You should definitely start with your headphone first... I would keep your HDP and get HD800.
Then, you will see whether you find the sound to be too bright, or not. If yes, you should upgrade your amp section first (and keep HDP as a DAC). If not, you can enjoy both together until you want to upgrade :-)
I strongly recommend you don't do this. I found the HDP/HD800 not to be a good combination at all, way too bright, harsh and fatiguing to listen to. You'd be much better off sticking with your current combination or upgrading the DAC/amp to something better - the HD6xx series are fine headphones that scale well, though personally I prefer the HD600 of the two, providing it's amped well - it can be quite a relevation with the right partnering equipment. I like the HD800 even more, but it can sound terrible with the wrong gear. Combining it with the HDP would be a complete waste of your money IMO.
Edited by Painterspal - 4/20/13 at 1:44am