I am a new official member of this group but i have been reading for a few years now. Also although I wont claim myself to be a full-fledged audiophile, I pretty much can't enjoy low res and bad cans/iems these days but I won't say i can tell the difference between a below $500 setup and tens of thousand ones.
Anyway, i just want to know if anyone has experience driving the hd800 with a chain similar to this:
macbook pro/any source with usb out > audio quest cinnamon usb> Ifi iusb> i-gemini >ipurifier > Ifi IDsd nano > itube > ican
and if this is sufficient to bring out most if not all of hd800's potential? If not, any suggestion that will give somewhat close sound sig to the setup above at $500-700 range?
I own the chain above with some other cheaper dacs/amps from FiiO and C&C and superlux. My other headphones are: HD598, AKG 550, Shure 1540, B&W P7, Parrot Zik (i know i know :D), momentum on ear - also have these iems: Hifiman RE-400, Tf10i, klipsch s4, klipsch custom 3.