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post #106 of 195
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Originally Posted by qusp View Post
well lets put it this way; would you use a cheap set of entry level tyres on your ferrari?? sure they stay inflated, they allow you to drive your car in reasonable comfort; but they dont fit the rest of the cars looks or performance. again this is just my opinion; you of course are welcome to do whatever you wish with your senns, but I just dont think a $5 connector on a pair of cans that cost as much as my first car did, is appropriate thats all.
Tires and connectors are not quite a fair comparison. If there were $5 tires, of excellent, durable quality and performance, I would have zero reservations about putting them on a $100,000 car. Neutrik makes a fine connector, possibly the best on the market.

It's a fallacy to assume something is of low quality because something else is dramatically overpriced. You can buy $10 of food at the market, prepare it well, and have a wonderful dinner. Because some restaurant in town wants $200 for dinner does not make your $10 meal garbage. What really happened is that you didn't waste $190.

If you want to buy a really expensive connector, go ahead. But that doesn't mean less expensive ones are junk.

And if we're showing amp pictures:







I'd use 'em all with the HD-800.
post #107 of 195
From the Amps I have available a process of elimination would be necessary for finding synergy. The Beta22 and Phonitor would lead the list for Solid-State and the WA6SE Maxxed would look at the 300ohm load kindly.

Later if the phone was worthy, it would be balanced for use with the Apache.
post #108 of 195
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post
Tires and connectors are not quite a fair comparison. If there were $5 tires, of excellent, durable quality and performance, I would have zero reservations about putting them on a $100,000 car. Neutrik makes a fine connector, possibly the best on the market.

It's a fallacy to assume something is of low quality because something else is dramatically overpriced. You can buy $10 of food at the market, prepare it well, and have a wonderful dinner. Because some restaurant in town wants $200 for dinner does not make your $10 meal garbage. What really happened is that you didn't waste $190.

If you want to buy a really expensive connector, go ahead. But that doesn't mean less expensive ones are junk.
where did I imply the neutrik was junk??? in fact I said i have a couple down stairs, but I just wouldnt use it on a theoretical HD800 cable. different horses for different courses is what i'm saying. the $5 neutrik is absolutely not the best on the market, its good; I would even say very good, but I just dont think its suitable for a $1400 HP thats all, arent I allowed to have an opinion??? OH and BTW i'm a chef so I know you can make great meals for cheap, but I wouldnt serve a cheap meal to the prime-minister. like I said i'm not saying that everyone should go out and spend heaps of money on a connector, i'm just saying I wouldnt spend $5. i'd be happy with $20 though something from vampire or furutech would do nicely too. vampire is nicer tyhan neutrik IMO I just dont understand why you would skimp $10-20 after blowing $1400 on HP. I dont understand, but I can accept; can you accept that I would prefer to buy something that is IMO better??
post #109 of 195
x² on Furutech, though the Vampire / Neutrik are competent, but I would NOT use them on the hd800. Might not use the cheaper Furutech either. For these phones, I think another $125 or so would be the better fit, like this.
post #110 of 195
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Originally Posted by ghostmusic View Post
Okay. Bit the bullet and pre-ordered HD800 with TTVJ. Will get to test out some of these speculations for real, in about 1-2 months...
Nice! Sure hope you got some ideas about which amplifier to match them up with as well..
post #111 of 195
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I did, krmathis, thanks to all y'all. I'd love to try the B22 one day... I'm somewhat of a tube nut, but I don't drink the hatorade when it comes to solid state, either. Music is music, and the gear that serves the music the best - whatever the methodology - is the one that matters... thought to say that, just to be cheesy.
post #112 of 195
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Originally Posted by atbglenn View Post
$1400 is way too expensive for me, but I would definitely like to hear them to see what I'm missing out on.
Ditto. Couldn't have said it better...
post #113 of 195
I'd amp them with my m3, of course
post #114 of 195
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Originally Posted by pabbi1 View Post
x² on Furutech, though the Vampire / Neutrik are competent, but I would NOT use them on the hd800. Might not use the cheaper Furutech either. For these phones, I think another $125 or so would be the better fit, like this.
i'm with you, I would probably spend about $70 on a connector for these; I was just saying at a bare minimum the vampire. The furutech you linked is beautiful and i've been looking for an excuse to use it on something. these or an R10 recable would be just the ticket. I just sprung for some furutech AC and IEC connectors to see what I think of a power cable upgrade for my lisa III with LLP. we arent exactly spoiled for choice for aftermarket audio-grade power connectors here in OZ and the furutech is the only one I know of; lucky its pretty special. i'm still a touch skeptical as to power cables, but I figure i'll go all out and see if I notice a difference.

back OT I cant wait for these to start making their way into their owners hands so we can get some proper impressions. even better would be if someone here i OZ were to spring for them in time for the sydney meet in june/july so I can see if I can put up with the looks because of the sound. R10 is still higher up the list for me though at this stage.
post #115 of 195
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Originally Posted by pabbi1 View Post
x² on Furutech, though the Vampire / Neutrik are competent, but I would NOT use them on the hd800. Might not use the cheaper Furutech either. For these phones, I think another $125 or so would be the better fit, like this.

Don't see a point unless your amp has the same connector.
post #116 of 195
I shall use RSA HR-2 unless I get a new amp first.
post #117 of 195
FiiO FTW!
post #118 of 195
IF i get the hd800, rather than the gs-1000, they will be being amped with my benchmark hpa2 (dac1 pre) - i personally am finished with amps, and my benchmark is to stay so i will just have to hope i grow used to their performance with the hpa2 or that the hpa2 is indeed a better implementation over the previos dac1 hp amp, and it will be fine from the get-go.
post #119 of 195
My GS-X or if they come early the Phonitor I'm getting on loan
post #120 of 195
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Originally Posted by pabbi1 View Post
x² on Furutech, though the Vampire / Neutrik are competent, but I would NOT use them on the hd800. Might not use the cheaper Furutech either. For these phones, I think another $125 or so would be the better fit, like this.
i like the Xhadow XLR too. : )

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