I also used the V800, DAC100 with the Bryston with stellar results. I didn't find the Bryston nearly as fatiguing as the MJ personally-and Maxvla and others also really like the HD800/BHA-1 pairing, despite it's slight sizzle up top. I would say it'sthe best ss amp I've heard with the Senns along with the Luxman-albeit completely ifferent sound sigs/strengths. I would call the Bryston slightly north of neutral-but for whatever reason it still sounds excellent with the HD800. I think the bright, aggressive Gungnir in that rig simply took those traits to another level-and wasjust completely overbearing and harsh-almost unlistenable. FWIW I found the BHA-1 very similar if you will to the HD800: a sonic chameleon with nice soundstaging, and a slightly annoying top end at times-but thoroughly enjoyable, and an excellent rig to hear the differences in dacs. My .02.
Good information and it really makes want to hear the BHA-1. The HD800 is definitely a chameleon--really different sounding depending on the amp.
Nope. The Gungnir was definitely the culprit for me. Its flaws were still evident when heard through speakers.
Yes, the MJ shares similar traits, but they're not as obnoxious as the Gungnir. The MJ does nothing to sugar coat the source component. This was confirmed when the M51 entered the stable.
Read purrin's thread. There are other people there who independently reached the same conclusion. Even purrin agrees with the assessment, though he does value the Gungnir's aggressive nature and has rated the DAC accordingly.
Before Gary's comparison I was ready to pull the trigger on an M51 based on your descriptions--almost did it. I went straight for the M51 when I first went to Gary's and I'll be the first to say it's a superb DAC. But there were other DACs that sounded extremely close with only very subtle differences. When I brought the Gungnir back, I expected it to fall short, but it fell into the main group. Not what I expected, but I have to believe my ears (like everyone else). I wish more head-fiers could have visited for the comparison, but if you've done your own--you have to trust it.
The LCD-X is as revealing and detailed as any headphone I've heard including the HD800 and SR-007/9. Gary is very familiar with the LCD-3 and can pick out anything I can hear with the LCD-X. The top flagships all have tons of coherent detail, but the signatures vary the emphasis. The LCD-3's sound thick and syrupy to me (after the LCD-X), but all the detail is there.