My understanding is that the HDVD800's amp is a better match for the HD800's, but the DAC isn't great. The Conductor's amp isn't quite as well matched (still a good pairing), but the DAC is better.
Please correct me if what I've gleaned from these threads is inaccurate, but operating with these understandings, I'm struggling to make a decision. I will be using whichever unit I purchase as an all in one solution, so I have to consider performance as a whole.
I listen to a broad range of material. Tonight alone, I've bounced from Tool to Nickel Creek to The xx to Coleman Hawkins.
I know that the versatility of the Conductor is one of its strong suits and the HDVD800 is engineered specifically with the Sennheiser models in mind, but I only own the HD800's. It's possible I could get the LCD-3's in the next year as well, but it's far from a certainty.
With all of this in mind, what would you suggest I do? Is the improved matching of the HDVD800 significant enough to counter the better DAC of the Conductor? Anything else that should play a role in my decision?
Thanks for any guidance!
Edit: Oops... I should have read the large box at the top of the page and posted in the Help and Recommendations forum. Apologies, mods.
Edited by burkerg - 5/27/14 at 8:52pm