Originally Posted by MickeyVee
The Vali scales up really well with a good DAC. Tried it with the Dragonfly, Rega DAC and the Naim DAC-V2. I can definitely tell the difference between the three with the Rega and Naim providing great depth and detail while smoothing out the top end. Probably overkill but the Bifrost Uber at a minimum would be a great match.
I'd agree with this for sure based on my recent experience. Vali sounded more open moving to the Emotiva DC-1 from the Burson DAC in the HA160D. I consider all DAC changes to be pretty minor but as far as DAC changes go, this one was noticeable to my ears with some songs and a welcome improvement. The Vali scales well.
I'v listened to the DC-1 + Vali combo more in the past week with the HD800 and it's pretty great. lots of detail, expansive soundstage, not shrill or fatiguing.
It's less dense and meaty than the Burson presentation (less midbass) but has more apparent instrument detail - mainly in bass - and improves soundstage, which is one of the main reasons to get an HD800, imo.
I liked the HD800 with the HA160D, but the Vali and DC-1 is a bit of an improvement in several areas.
Edited by LCfiner - 2/7/14 at 7:45am