Originally Posted by derbigpr
When you guys talk about HAP-100 vs HAP-200, are you talking only about a double HAP200 or have you tried comparing them in single mode? Because I would be interested how they compare 1 vs 1, without the balanced mode, since I assume that most of the advantage of the HAP-200 comes from balanced amping, not the actual amps.
Any of the comparisons I've noted are more or less the same with the HA-200 in single or balanced mode. Balanced simply pushes the performance up a notch and gives you more headroom for inefficient cans (and handy since the HA-200 has a somewhat low gain).
The HA-200 is a better amp for handling a wide variety of headphones. The HAP-100 meshes really well with high impedance cans of moderate sensitivity (I really liked the pairing with the Senn HD800)
If you're looking for an amp only, the HA-200 I think should be the clear choice unless you're pairing specifically with something like the HD800. If you want something with preamp capability, well, then you pick the preamp. Duh.
Originally Posted by grizzlybeast
It will be fun to compare them but with all the hype I expect the crack to win.
My favourite pairings ever with...
Crack: Senn HD600/650, AKG K240 Sextett
HAP-100: Senn HD800
HA-200 balanced: HE-6