I am sure it had cost prohibits. Just look at the dac inside. They put all the money on the amp.
And I am not saying it's the best. But I am also saying there is no better just different and what I like compared to you.
Now if I add a AP1/PP at about 1400. Or so the dac is much better. So yes that Amp is way better. But to get back to the topic. We always want better than what a company has spent years in making LOL.
So HDVD800 DAC + AP1/PP is better than any DAC under $2000? Otherwise just get HDVA600 and $2000 DAC.