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Hi Nic, I'm planning to get myself a headphone amplifier from Massdrop which is able to drive a wide variety of earphones and headphones (but mostly high end headphones like my AKG K712 and possibly future HD800S). For now I like the specs and reviews of the Lake People G109a, but I don't know how it fares alongside the Grace Design M9xx and the Airist Audio Heron 5. Hope you'll be able to help me out here :) Thanks and good day!
Hey there, solid question. The M9xx sounds really great and will work perfectly for your K712's. The Hd800 is a particularly power hungry headphone. It will totally work with the m9xx as well but you're closer to the top end of it's operating capacity.
I personally use a Heron 5 at the moment which I really really like, the downside is of course you'll also have to invest in a DAC. If I were in your shoes I would probably go for an m9xx now because it will be awesome with what you have now and no matter how far you upgrade in the future you won't want to get rid of it.
Then inevitably when you buy HD800's you'll want to upgrade the rest of your system, and who knows what else will have come out by then.