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post #46 of 195
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Originally Posted by ghostmusic View Post
Yes, I do see where you're going. But what part of "speculation game" did you not understand? No one denies that Jude's opinions and impressions are subjective, as are all of ours. But what fun is a public forum if everyone takes an empirical approach and patiently and seriously twiddle our thumbs, wordlessly, like good little boys, until the product comes out? People like to imagine how one product would sound with another, especially audiophiles, and a part of what makes this community so fun and engaging and strong is that we get to bounce our ideas off each other's. And when the product comes out, we test our hypotheses in actual life. It's big part of the fun. No harm in that.
Good point! I guess all the HD800 threads are mostly speculation since there are few impressions - sorry that I came off as grumpy
post #47 of 195
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Originally Posted by vcoheda View Post
yes.

and i think my B52 will do the trick as well. but as soon as balanced cables are available, i will be eager to get some. the senns love going balanced.
There are 4-conductors in that stock cable. Just chop off the 1/4" plug and reterminate and you're in business.
post #48 of 195
I hope to have my Zana Deux before the HD800s come in and then will amp it with that. I will probably have some time to get used to it with the HD650s that i already have but only time will tell if the Zana comes in first and how much before either the HD800s are released or that i can afford them. Crossing my fingers for some extra work to pull it off around release date.
post #49 of 195
A modest SP Platinum SE with an Ericsson 2c51 gain and a pr of Tung Sol 5998s.
post #50 of 195
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post
Good point! I guess all the HD800 threads are mostly speculation since there are few impressions - sorry that I came off as grumpy
Thanks for being such a good sport, Rob.
post #51 of 195
What is the amp and CD/SACD player in this photo and would they be any good?

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post #52 of 195
Thread Starter 
The source is from EMM Labs/Meitner... definitely regarded as one of the industry leaders. Ed Meitner played a crucial role in the SACD development in the early years, so he knows what he's doing.

The HD800 is running off of Benchmark DAC/headphone amp. Many people like it, but personally, it's not my thing... if HD800s are as phenomenal as advertised by many reputable audio reviewers and head-fi members, they definitely would benefit from better amping. Benchmark, to me, always sounded a bit too clinical.
post #53 of 195
Agreed about the Benchmark - Stereophile loved that DAC when it came out - I always wondered why

Ghostmusic are you taking the plunge?
post #54 of 195
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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
For one simple reason.
Because its the only suitable headphone amplifier I own.

..and a great sounding and built one it is as well.
And... certain people would most probably put out a contract on you if you abandoned it.
post #55 of 195
Since my headphone budget is shot (I would have to sell some gear to get the HD-800), I would have to settle for plugging them into my Singlepower.

I absolutely love my recabled 650's so I can only imagine how the better soundstaging sounds with the 800's...OH THE WAITING GAME!
post #56 of 195
I'll just use it as a portable headphone paired with my Hornet. Yeah baby!!!
post #57 of 195
When I get mine (is it February yet?), I'm going to plug it right into my Raptor, which is my favorite amp I've had with my HD 650's. I just fired up a 1958 Mullard long plate. I can only imagine how the midrange on the HD800 is going to sing. I hate waiting.
post #58 of 195
I'd power it with the same amp I'd use for any headphone - SinglePower Supra SE with the 400v option selected.
post #59 of 195
My current amp is going to be simply perfect, a Graham Slee Solo SRG & PSU1.
post #60 of 195
Using the DAC1 PRE
It sure got a strong amp, and I think it won't have problem with amping the HD800 if it can handle with out a problem the HD650.
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