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post #5626 of 6600
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Originally Posted by grokit View Post

 

I just noticed that your Grace 903 made it into the top (A+) category in Stereophile's "2012 Recommended Components Digital Processors" list, beating out DACs that cost much more including the Zodiac Gold / Voltikus power supply bundle @ $4495 among a few others from makers like Bryston, Esoteric, Meridian and Bel Canto.

 

So congrats! I don't think there's anything to be concerned about wink.gif

 

Thanks for this link -- I hadn't seen that list before. I recall preferring the m903 over the W4S DAC2 in many ways when I compared them head to head. The fact that the m903 also has a headphone amp that sounds great with the HD800 (as well as Grados and Denons) was kind of gravy at that point.

post #5627 of 6600

I have enjoyed my Grace Design m903 DAC and did not consider it a choke point...

 

That being said, I welcome divergent opinions and appreciate people taking the time to post.

 

Here are 3 positive reviews:

 

http://www.stereophile.com/content/fifth-element-69

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/oct12/articles/grace-m903.htm

http://www.gracedesign.com/press/pdf/m903%20-%20Hi-Fi%20World%20Review%20July%202012.pdf

 

Here is one mixed review:

 

http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content/423-grace-design-m903-reference-dac-preamp-headphone-amp-review/

 

Here is objective performance data:

 

http://en.goldenears.net/index.php?mid=GR_DAC_Amp&document_srl=11864

post #5628 of 6600

It sorta sucks that pro gear like the DAC I have by Mytek has no mention on that list and isn't really known here at head-fi. Promotional failure on Mytek's part might be the problem but I guess its hard for them to diverge from the pro market to audiophiles.

post #5629 of 6600
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Originally Posted by dukeskd View Post

It sorta sucks that pro gear like the DAC I have by Mytek has no mention on that list and isn't really known here at head-fi. Promotional failure on Mytek's part might be the problem but I guess its hard for them to diverge from the pro market to audiophiles.

Why did you chosed a Mytek? As I've heard mentions from another, it's a studio equipment with conforming sounding.

post #5630 of 6600
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Any other $1500 headphones selling in the 20k+ volume? Sennheiser is really making money with a TOTL item. Pretty rare to see these days.

 

+1.

post #5631 of 6600

Wow.... just bought an arm chair from IKEA. Sit down and relax, listening to the songs i like via HD800.

 

Now, i understand why people needs a comfortable chair to listen music... It was very very easy to fall in focusing...

 

I love it.

 

smile.gif

post #5632 of 6600
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Originally Posted by dukeskd View Post

It sorta sucks that pro gear like the DAC I have by Mytek has no mention on that list and isn't really known here at head-fi. Promotional failure on Mytek's part might be the problem but I guess its hard for them to diverge from the pro market to audiophiles.

 

That list has more than a couple "Pro" DAC's on it (Grace, Antelope, Benchmark, Behringer).  The Mytek is fairly new, and Stereophile takes it's sweet time reviewing products.

 

Unless you need the validation of having a product you own on someone else's list, it doesn't really matter.  

 

RE: S/N's, them being in the 20K range does not necessarily mean they've produced 20K headphones.  What companies will often do is start each batch in a totally different range.  February's batch will all be 10K's, April's will be 12K, etc - this helps pinpoint issues if one batch was improperly made.  

Then again, I would not be surprised if they've sold 20,000 headphones over the last 3+ years it's been on the market.

post #5633 of 6600

Grr...my 2nd HD 800 from Jan has been sitting in customs for nearly 3 weeks now, with no updates. mad.gif Is this normal? My first one took 10 days TOTAL to arrive after ordering.

On a more pathetic note-my Eximus/Zana duo is sorely lacking any headphones at this time. *smashes wall*

 

-Daniel

post #5634 of 6600
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

Grr...my 2nd HD 800 from Jan has been sitting in customs for nearly 3 weeks now, with no updates. mad.gif Is this normal? My first one took 10 days TOTAL to arrive after ordering.

On a more pathetic note-my Eximus/Zana duo is sorely lacking any headphones at this time. *smashes wall*

 

-Daniel


 By any chance, are you able to enjoy the first one whilst you wait? ;)

post #5635 of 6600
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Originally Posted by Radio_head View Post

 

That list has more than a couple "Pro" DAC's on it (Grace, Antelope, Benchmark, Behringer).  The Mytek is fairly new, and Stereophile takes it's sweet time reviewing products.

 

Unless you need the validation of having a product you own on someone else's list, it doesn't really matter.  

 

RE: S/N's, them being in the 20K range does not necessarily mean they've produced 20K headphones.  What companies will often do is start each batch in a totally different range.  February's batch will all be 10K's, April's will be 12K, etc - this helps pinpoint issues if one batch was improperly made.  

Then again, I would not be surprised if they've sold 20,000 headphones over the last 3+ years it's been on the market.

 

Regardless it seems out of the newer flagships models the HD800 probably have sold the most by a good amount. I would be surprised if they have not outsold the T1, LCD2, etc. I don't know how many they have sold but I'm pretty confident in saying they have sold a lot of them. Usually that isn't the case for a totl

post #5636 of 6600
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Originally Posted by talisman42 View Post


 By any chance, are you able to enjoy the first one whilst you wait? ;)

 

Sold it a while back, learned my lesson, ordered a new one. A 2nd one, in fact. tongue_smile.gif

 

-Daniel

post #5637 of 6600
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Regardless it seems out of the newer flagships models the HD800 probably have sold the most by a good amount. I would be surprised if they have not outsold the T1, LCD2, etc. I don't know how many they have sold but I'm pretty confident in saying they have sold a lot of them. Usually that isn't the case for a totl
hey rawrster, did you manage to replace the ear pads?
post #5638 of 6600

I haven't gotten around to it. I recall seeing a youtube video that was about replacing the HD800 pads but haven't done it yet. I don't know when but probably won't be anytime soon. I got the HD800 pads to replace the current ones but been too lazy lately. 

post #5639 of 6600
Final thoughts on the Mjolnir and BHA-1 as well as some comments on the Gungnir vs Bifrost: http://www.head-fi.org/t/631313/schiit-mjolnir-vs-bryston-bha-1-and-schiit-gungnir-vs-bifrost
post #5640 of 6600

Very nice write up.

 

I hope you still have the combo next spring in Austin so I can hear it.

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