So, my HD800's are almost here, and I decided to go with the Sennheiser HDVD 800 Amp/DAC for home use (which is on backorder, but arriving from Sennheiser next week).
I'm also in the market for a portable amplifier to take these puppies on-the-go. I have a Meridian Explorer USB DAC, which I've liked very much for lower-powered headphones, but without a doubt I'll get infinitely better quality from my HD800's if I pair the Meridian with a portable amp. I could always go alternatively with a portable all-in-one DAC/Amp (like the ALO Intercontinental).
Here are the ones I'm looking at:
ALO Rx Mk3-B+ (which appeals to me for both its long battery life and balanced XLR output)
ALO Intercontinental (if I decide to, for instance, ditch the Meridian Explorer when using my HD800's)
ALO Continental v3 (I'm more of a solid state guy, but I understand that the RX Mk3-B+ might brighten the HD800's sound too much)
Ray Samuels Audio products (The Shadow, SR-71, Predator, Protector, et. al.)
...Any other suggestions are very much welcomed.
My music tastes are all over the map, but I'm particularly a huge classical, jazz, and Pink Floyd fan - so I'm concerned about reports I've heard about "grain" when listening to the HD800's over the Rx Mk3, even though it's capabilities make it my front-runner portable amp-only.... and I hope that maybe the Meridian will help smooth it out. I also have a fairly large collection of 24bit/192khz files (which the Meridian Explorer can decode), so if I go with an all-in-one Amp & DAC, I'd love for the DAC on that unit to be able to decode my high-res music.
Anyway, any portable amp recommendations you guys have - or any advice on the products I've listed above - would be hugely appreciated. Thanks so much!
EDIT: I'd prefer to not have to buy a separate DAC and separate amp for my HD800's, within reason. It'd be best for me to either pair a portable amp with the Meridian Explorer (best case scenario), or purchase an all-in-one DAC & Amp.
Edited by persona1138 - 8/7/13 at 12:15am