Sorry guys.. didn't get much time on it, just a few minutes between work.
And my dog is sleeping now, so can't really listen, else she gets a bit upset (she's an old, very sick doggie)
But I'll give you my impressions thus far, paired with my LD mk6+ (warmer than the built-in head.amp), and on the tracks I did managed to listen to.
- Crisp, clear and clean, uber low (if at all) sound floor. Which is great, but makes me want to look for alternative version of some songs with poor mastering... Some of my Van Morrison tracks have this low level background 'static' that is now unbidden.
- Very detailed. Layered tracks (one of my favorites in this category is Queen's "It's a Kind of Magic" from the same titled SACD), have much more focused, forward detail.... HD650 tries to, but the cost of the LCD-4's become justified here, as they reveal more. (stuck to the LCD-4, and didn't move to the HD800S). I need another listen, as it maybe it's my previous DAC's signature as opposed to what it 'supposed to sound like', as sometimes it felt too forward.
- Punchy and fast, but still has weight and depth. Charlie Hunter's "Baboon Strength" album is a great example of this: dynamic and fast jazz fusion virtuoso skills are unhindered by his thicker, funkier bass-lines and grooves.
- Amazing vocal reproduction. The wonderful voice of Lake Street Dive's Rachael Price is full, ranged, and encompassing whilst the background vocals pop in and out contaminating and without being drowned out. Similar with male vocals, such as Terence Trent D'Arby and his rendition of A Change Is Gonna Come [ft. Booker T. & the MG's]. Low, softly sung vocals are there, clear and detailed, and I can hear the build up to high volume singing with all the detail in the phase in-between.
If I'm unable to give it more in-depth listening, before the weekend, I will try and ask Scubadude or thomas24 to audition it on Wednesday/Thursday, and also take to the upcoming Friday night 'Centurion Headphone mini-Meet' (if I'm unable to attend)... The others there test it out and give their impressions as well.