I am considering
woo audio WA5
Or other under $4000 options?
Does anyone own one or more of above amps?
I can vouch for the Violectric V200, although any other ever-so-slightly warm amp should do the job too. A neutral amp will probable cause ear fatigue because the HD800s are a tad bright for me (and to most people).
Also, do you have a DAC yet? Or are you going for an amp first?
I own the Stratus with Sophia Princess 2A3s for my HD800's. I'm sure there are other great ones but from what I've heard in their respective price classes:
Grace m903 (excellent DAC/amp combo)
The Super 7 is my favorite amp for the HD800 so far... I've also owned WA2, WA6SE, Liquid Fire, V200 and others. The others were all fantastic as well and there's not a bad choice in the list.
S7 is not a "romantic" amp in nature, though you could probably get there with the right tube.
My preference for the hd800 would be the DNA Stratus,Taboo Mk111,CSP2,V200 in that order. The Stratus with the EML Tubes brought the total cost to $3350.00 but it really was the best I have heard the hD800 sound. The Taboo Mk111 is excellent as well and half the price. The CSP2 is excellent for under 1K and the V200 is my solid state choice. I heard the Bryston at the NY meet and did not care for the presentation. All are excellent choices and will all come down to what your budget call for or how much more you want from your system. I am sure there are also other excellent contenders as well.
I had the Liquid Fire and really liked it, my vote however would be for the GS-X. For a tube amp option, the Stratus looks like a real winner.
No love for the Liquid Glass, you hurt me deep Peter.