Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl
the words budget and hd 800 should never be used in the same sentence, just my $0.02
but the asgard 2 should definitely be one of the better options under 300$
Frankly my favorite setup with the HD800 to date has been the CLAS (first version) + JDS Labs O2
Of course I have not heard every single pairing ever created, my actual experiences are quite limited in reality.
Hated the bryston, the wa22 was pretty good, didn't like one of the higher end schiit setups that I tried at a meet (with the hd800).
Tried some of the hifiman amps. The EF6 was too laid back. The EF5 was actually quite nice.
The WA7 fireflies was a big let down for me.
Didn't really enjoy any other tube amps beside the wa22 and ef5.
I don't believe that higher price necessarily means better sound quality.