This was my email to Micheal from Headphonia who was kind enough to reply me on the best pairings for my HD700. I ended up picked up a Naim DAC V1 after extensive testing against some of the other "top" amps including the Bifrost (Fully Upgraded) & other awesome company.
I'm surprised - I had such low expectations as I didn't expect a speaker company to make such a high quality product. You know us head-fi-ers have such an air.
I've only just picked it up less than 8 hours ago and will have more impressions - but it was by far the most musical of all the amps I tried today.
Thanks for replying. I do appreciate the work you've put in, and I'd love to pop by
Senayan and become a customer someday just to say thank you.
I did a massive run around today at Adelfi in Singapore if you're familiar with the place.
I settled with something which is truly - truly underrated - and kinda scoffed at by Head
Fi fans, which I'm compelled to bring up.
I tried all the Schiit gear, the Bifrost was good - but their amps seemed lack luster, and
muddy, lacking in detail. Moving on to Jaben, I tried the Foster HP 8A - Amp, which was wasn't bad
you actually reviewed this.
With the HD700s, it was a little too forward, and the high treble peak was almost painful
to me on challenging tracks. Slapped on the Fostex 900 and that was magic.
I wasn't about to buy new headphones, so moving on - I added the Graham Slee Solo, which
sounded good - to the Fostex - but this was a $3k + SGD kit, it was tight, precise - but
not all exciting and involving.
We tried a top end Yamamoto amp which sounded muddy and boring (my friend wanted
me to hear tube amps) as I almost jumped the gun on a Woo WA 6E.
I was about to give up when I walked in Niam. I never thought of them as a serious headphone
brand. But wow.
Musical. Solid Bass. Precise.
This could be the most underrated headfi amp out there. Bought it on the spot. Would totally
love to see you review it.
PS: Tried it in the office with AKG 550s - it scaled beautifully."