I hear you. But, funny thing today I watched a movie with my HD800S thru my Oppo105D, and even thought the 800S and 800 (I have both) series is the most comfortable of the others I have (Utopia and 1266 Phi.) and all others I rented/auditioned (you name it I’ve probably heard it, tried it). As the heat and moisture started to build up inside the ear cups on the 800S, and its the mid winter and I keep my room temp at 68 degrees, I stared at the screen wondering how another SR1a would sound with another “R” out of the Oppo’s balanced or SE outputs ( I have 2 HP rigs 1 upstairs / 1 downstairs). Comfort for me would be soooo good with SR1a over a 2 to 3 hour movie. I’ve been able to listen to music for 3 to 4 hours without having to lift the SR1a off to let my ears cool off.
If there is an SR2a, or whatever, I’ll be at the front of that line to hear what it’s all about. Of course I also have to wait until @Torq weighs in on RAAL’s direct drive power box too.
I have always enjoyed the quest for gear, light reflecting off the the metal face plates during the day, LED’s gleaming in the dark at night, meticulously dressed webs of IC and AC cabling hanging off the back of my equipment racks. The satisfaction of putting a system together and a job well done. And I’ve got some really nice sounding amps, and ones that pull double duty driving my 2 channel of course I wouldn’t relinquish, so I would probably hang on to one HP just for that reason, but its still early in the game and I’m under no pressure to do anything rash or quickly.
But for me the SR1a (with EQ as and if I feel its needed) is just so far ahead of my others in sound and long term wearing comfort.
I know for many the SR1a won’t be optimal, I suspect contemporary genres with over the top thumping bass might be happier with something else.
One of the fun things about this hobby however is I never know where the road will lead me.