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Posts by Magick Man

Yeah... right. Moving right along.
Good sub-$500 alternative? The Schiit Valhalla 2 does a great job with the HD800 (and the HD800S, too).
Agreed, the balanced cable that comes with the HD800S is particularly nice. Great build quality with a premium feel, seems like it'll be quite durable.
Friend, I'm not putting down the m9XX, mine are great (both of them, one at work and the other at home), it's simply not perfect with all headphones I've tried, though that list is very short. The old HD800 and the 1st gen T1 simply aren't a good match with it, especially not the HD800 (which is at its best with a high-quality balanced tube amp, like the Balancing Act). The 800S is a different matter altogether, it actually synergizes with the m9XX, which was surprising...
Good for you. And no, we don't have to agree, not at all.I'm mystified where some of this comes from, personally I think certain people just like being disagreeable and/or they're hellbent on validating a purchase. Maybe they had a bad day when they listened to something and it forever tainted their view of it, who knows? Honestly, past a certain tier I can't tell much difference between SS amps at all, unless the manufacturer did something freaky with output impedance....
It's not the right fit for the HD800 or 1st gen T1, but that's due to the amp section, not the DAC. It drives them fine but they're both better served with higher impedance amps. The HD800S, OTOH, is excellent out of m9XX, they work very well together.
I'm glad so many love their HEKs, I like mine and they're quite nice with the right material, but as someone else said, this is the HD800S thread...
I'm truly confounded by comments that the m9XX's amp is somehow inferior and that it's "grossly overpriced". I can't help but think such hyperbole is someone's agenda, because neither is anywhere close to factual. With DSD capability and its remarkably clean, opamp-less amp design, this little device is amazing. Sure, it isn't a "big planar"-driving madman, but it's very capable of driving any dynamic cans (and efficient planars, like the LCD-X). I still think it's the...
Ordered mine, they look too sexy to pass up.
I have all 3, I don't agree. The 800S is universally more capable, especially with the right amp. (And the HEK is too veiled and "saturated" with certain material.)
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