I've had some time with mine now and I gather that this is not the sort of change that is going to be love at first sight. I do get some occasional glimpses of real greatness, and I have been adjusting my system in an effort to bring that greatness out.
It's a very curious sound, both resolved and forgiving at the same time. The current output is really unique, it's certainly nothing like the CMA800R or indeed any amp I had used previously.
There seem to be some genuine break in and warm up issues with this amp and not just the subtle changes that are usually experienced with new equipment. For the first day or two I found the volume was creeping and I was constantly adjusting it up. That has settled now and I suppose it is understandable given that the amp runs on batteries. Warm up is an issue as well and I had felt it was a little smeared sounding when first started up. Bakoon says 10 minutes of warm up but I would say closer to 30.
I'm going to continue on with the setup and listening with the LCD-X until I get the best sound I feel possible and then do some comparisons with the CMA800R. There is a completely different synergy and I am trying out different cables to bring out the best. I've even got my Audiophilleo set up (I found the Audiophilleo was just toooo much with the CMA800R) and it brings a good balance to the Bakoon with the added resolution and contrast.
Don't get me wrong this is a great amp, but can it be pushed into being one of the few best amps? I am beginning to think I should have bought the HPA-21, or that I will eventually end up having to buy it.