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post #2416 of 2721

Still thinking about picking up an A8...can anyone tell how well the built in headphone amp can drive the HD800, in terms of synergy mainly? Also, is the dac on par with $1500-2500 dacs currently available? Just trying to (potentially) kill 2 birds with one stone here for the dac part...tia.

 

-Daniel

post #2417 of 2721
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Still thinking about picking up an A8...can anyone tell how well the built in headphone amp can drive the HD800, in terms of synergy mainly? Also, is the dac on par with $1500-2500 dacs currently available? Just trying to (potentially) kill 2 birds with one stone here for the dac part...tia.

 

-Daniel

No.  Not in my opinion.  I tried this briefly once more today.  I cannot tell you how much better the HD800 may have sounded from a headphone amp driven by the Realiser because I'm all Stax these days and have no dedicated headphone amp for the HD800 so the best I can do is to compare HD800's directly out of the Realiser to the lowest Stax SR202 driven by a toslinked W4S DAC2 through Stax SRM727.  There is no comparison.  

I don't think the Realiser drives the HD800's well and although the DAC in the Realiser isn't at all bad, it sounded veiled.  If you have HD800's and are considering a Realiser, you will probably have expectations that wouldn't be met.  

When I had a HD800 amp (a Taiwan clone of the Lehmann Black Cube), driven by the same DAC, I recall that sounded fine.  Not quite up there with Stax for detail, attack, but.....  I would factor in first an amp, then a DAC.

post #2418 of 2721

Even though I'm fussy about declaring differences, I don't think Realiser has enough juice for HD800, it's quite clear when A/Bing with my G109.

 

edit: But I'll do another more careful level matched A/B against my G109 and Concero, when I get my Realiser back..


Edited by hekeli - 5/22/13 at 8:26am
post #2419 of 2721
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Still thinking about picking up an A8...can anyone tell how well the built in headphone amp can drive the HD800, in terms of synergy mainly? Also, is the dac on par with $1500-2500 dacs currently available? Just trying to (potentially) kill 2 birds with one stone here for the dac part...tia.

 

-Daniel

I don't have the HD800, but I have the HD600, which has similar impedance (300 ohms).  I use an external DAC/amp (the DM200 by ATI Audio) which is fed by the Realiser's digital output, and it can drive the HD600 about 13dB louder than the Realiser's internal amp can.  Being louder helps because I have to lower the Realiser's volume to -6dB in order to prevent clipping (as indicated by the "Phones Clip" LED on the Realiser).  Basically, increasing the external amp's volume compensates for decreasing the Realiser's volume.  Other than that, I have not noticed much difference.

post #2420 of 2721
Thanks for all the thoughts guys. I ended up buying another Eximus and an Auditor to go with the Senns. Now just a matter of time before I pull the trigger on a Realiser. Thanks again.

-Daniel
post #2421 of 2721
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Thanks for all the thoughts guys. I ended up buying another Eximus and an Auditor to go with the Senns. Now just a matter of time before I pull the trigger on a Realiser. Thanks again.

-Daniel

 

What happened to your ZDSE? Did you feel that SPL amps are a better match for your Senns?

post #2422 of 2721
Does anyone here have a nice idea of increasing the No. of PRESET? or some quick way of accessing to other PRIR loaded in the internal or SD? or It may realises it through the Computer? I feel that 4 PRESET are too little since I have many PRIRS now. I'd like to compare those differences but it is too slow to switch them one by one.
post #2423 of 2721
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What happened to your ZDSE? Did you feel that SPL amps are a better match for your Senns?

Heck no. Sold the ZDSE to help fund the impending Leviathan. Just wanted to try an SPL in the interim as a cheaper ss option to see how it fares. If I had known the Levi would keep getting pushed back for months and months-I wouldn't have sold off the Zana yet. The ZDSE/DP1/HD800 combo is still far and away the best rig I've ever had-both in terms of musicality  and technicality.

 

-Daniel

post #2424 of 2721

Anyone in the Texas (north, but would travel) area have this and wouldn't mind someone coming to listen? I would pay you for your time. I just have a hard time shelling out $3k for something I've never heard.

 

Thanks

Erik

post #2425 of 2721

I am now playing my dvr Hdmi output to my Oppo 105 HDMI in to my A8 with a PRIR

of Glenn Poor's home theater system. I am a very happy camper.

post #2426 of 2721

Just thought I would say that I have been using my Realiser for 1.5 years now without any problems, still as enjoyable as the day I got it and has provided me with the right type of experience with minimal radiating noise.

 

Such an advanced product, unique.

post #2427 of 2721
What would be the best solution in my case? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

I would like to listen through my mac book pro and I want the realiser to emulate a 7.1 systrm I have back at home in Korea (study in the UK). Is the mac HDMI capable of supporting 7.1? If not, what external solution could I use?

Does the realiser work with IEMs?
Thanks!
post #2428 of 2721

Realiser works great with IEM's, especially high end customs.  No need for HPEQ with customs IEM's.

post #2429 of 2721
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Originally Posted by Edwood View Post

Realiser works great with IEM's, especially high end customs.  No need for HPEQ with customs IEM's.

Is HPEQ the headphone cup compensation EQ? 

post #2430 of 2721
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Originally Posted by uchihaitachi View Post

Is HPEQ the headphone cup compensation EQ? 

 

Yes.  Since the IEM bypasses the outer parts of the ears, no HPEQ is needed.

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