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post #5911 of 6600
In my setup, I rotate headphones every few days. I'm not really into matching the genre to the headphone, although there is a definite argument in favor of that approach and I do it sometimes. My headphone rotation, in no particular order, is influenced mostly by whether or not I have the preamp mode engaged or not in my WA22. When it is engaged, I listen to my RA150 speaker amp-powered headphones, the K1000 and LCD-2, and my RA150 > WEE-powered headphones, the Lambda Pros. When I listen straight out of the WA22, it's the Hd800 and LCD2. This can be complicated by tube-rolling but I mostly stay put in that regard these days.

With the tubes I have in place now, bass boost is unnecessary for the HD800.

But in answer to your question (TMI), the main reason the HD800 is on my head first this time is that the LCD2 is upstairs ATM rolleyes.gif

I was trying it in the new/old bedroom rig, as it has the power and the tonal balance for the LCD2, but it was a no-go. I'm guessing that it was an impedance issue, will have to find my stock HD800 cable and try those next. If there's an issue with that combo (BC DAC2 > XCAN/PSU) it will be tonal balance and not impedance. It sounds great with the HD600 but a bit sharp up top, would like to give the HD650 another shot in this rig at some point.
Edited by grokit - 11/16/12 at 4:29pm
post #5912 of 6600
Have tried quite a few pair of headphones in the past half a year, I've been trying to get the best setup for the musics I like: jazz, classical, pops, soft rocks. Got a pair of HD800 quite a while ago, but only got a better setup (DAC and amp) to match them a few days ago, together w a pair of vintage RS1:

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HD800 + RS1 are just perfect for the music I like smily_headphones1.gif
post #5913 of 6600

Congratulations.  Great picture, and I like your woven head bands.

post #5914 of 6600

Those head bands are vary nice.  

post #5915 of 6600
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Have tried quite a few pair of headphones in the past half a year, I've been trying to get the best setup for the musics I like: jazz, classical, pops, soft rocks. Got a pair of HD800 quite a while ago, but only got a better setup (DAC and amp) to match them a few days ago, together w a pair of vintage RS1:

HD800 + RS1 are just perfect for the music I like smily_headphones1.gif

 

Great looking system! How are you liking the HD 800s paired with the V200?

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Congratulations.  Great picture, and I like your woven head bands.

 

 

 

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Those head bands are vary nice.  

 

 

Thanks. Got those from China, they do look very nice :) 

 

 

 

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Great looking system! How are you liking the HD 800s paired with the V200?

 

I've been listening to these pair for a couple of months, really love the sound, very musical to me. I use these for all kinds of musics. To be honest, I haven't tried many desktop amps, only a Musical Fidelity X-CAN V8P and then this V200. The improvement w/ this V200 over the X-CAN is very obvious. I'm sure there are better amps out there for these HD800s, but I myself will end here :)  These are more than enough for me, look really nice too. 

post #5917 of 6600

In my several years now of experience with the HD800s, I think the critical factor is recording quality. If a CD is bright, raspy, grainy, or piercing, I hear it loud and clear and usually switch to other phones

(Audezes or Fostexes or Hifimans). But if the recording is is well done, the HD800s can be king of the hill, with an eerily real texture and 3D imaging, as if you can see the components of the music.

post #5918 of 6600
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The improvement w/ this V200 over the X-CAN is very obvious. I'm sure there are better amps out there for these HD800s, but I myself will end here smily_headphones1.gif  These are more than enough for me, look really nice too. 

The V200 is above with the very best, it's hard to get something better without having to pay a minimum of twice the V200s price or even much more. I have the Anedio D2 and while its amp is outstanding and measures very well compared to several questionable gear that is floating around in these forums, the V200 drives the HD 800 even better. It's that good with the Sennheisers.
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The V200 is above with the very best, it's hard to get something better without having to pay a minimum of twice the V200s price or even much more. I have the Anedio D2 and while its amp is outstanding and measures very well compared to several questionable gear that is floating around in these forums, the V200 drives the HD 800 even better. It's that good with the Sennheisers.


Interesting - what kind of difference can you hear between the Anedio amp and the V200 amp? Is there any loss of detail or muddiness because of the added components? Can the same results be obtained by using the anedio amp and doing some EQing?

 

You see - thing is I drive the HD800s directly from the anedio and I find the sound lacking absolutely nothing. Would be interesting to hear if you had done any back to back comparison.

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In my several years now of experience with the HD800s, I think the critical factor is recording quality. If a CD is bright, raspy, grainy, or piercing, I hear it loud and clear and usually switch to other phones

(Audezes or Fostexes or Hifimans). But if the recording is is well done, the HD800s can be king of the hill, with an eerily real texture and 3D imaging, as if you can see the components of the music.

Totally agree w/ you on this. It's the music that makes the music, not DAC/AMP or headphones. 

 

 

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The V200 is above with the very best, it's hard to get something better without having to pay a minimum of twice the V200s price or even much more. I have the Anedio D2 and while its amp is outstanding and measures very well compared to several questionable gear that is floating around in these forums, the V200 drives the HD 800 even better. It's that good with the Sennheisers.

 

Good to know that. Well, at least I'm very happy w/ how I hear from my current setup, don't think I'd change or upgrade anytime soon.

post #5921 of 6600
The V200 is an outstanding match for the HD800..I prefer it over the Mjolnir which I also own.. I think to get a substantial upgrade one should look for something like a Zana Deux at the least..I would love to try the Balancing Act one day but its price tag is out of my budget right now.
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Thanks Fengwei!

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I try only to get audiophile type recordings. But unfortunately there has and always be poor recordings especially from the compressed stuff today. i find out of all the amps I always gravitate back to my Decware CSP2 and its a perfect match and let me listen to those poor recordings for a better period of time on the hD800. I like warmer sounding tubes like the bugle Boys and the Matsusita tubes as they really sound great with the hd800. The Matsusita are bass monsters and the bugle boys are in a class of their own. My favorite tube with the hd800 .The CSP2 is a perfect match for me with my current headphones and enough to keep me happy long term. It the longest headphone amp I owned and has been a keeper.

post #5924 of 6600
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I have a good assortment of headphones and enjoy them all, but every time I come back to the HD800 I really appreciate them!
Just chiming in because they're on my head at the moment, listening to some Nitin Sawhney.

 

 

 

Nitin is amazing, I listen to "London Undersound" all the time. How is it on the HD800???


Edited by musiclife - 1/12/13 at 4:24pm
post #5925 of 6600
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Originally Posted by Fegefeuer View Post


The V200 is above with the very best, it's hard to get something better without having to pay a minimum of twice the V200s price or even much more. I have the Anedio D2 and while its amp is outstanding and measures very well compared to several questionable gear that is floating around in these forums, the V200 drives the HD 800 even better. It's that good with the Sennheisers.

 

 

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The V200 is an outstanding match for the HD800..I prefer it over the Mjolnir which I also own.. I think to get a substantial upgrade one should look for something like a Zana Deux at the least..I would love to try the Balancing Act one day but its price tag is out of my budget right now.

Yep, i have both, the Zana Deux outperforms the v200 and it is a bit over twice as much.  The main difference is that the Zana Deux is awesome but the v200 is way more versatile.  Right now i am listening to the v200 happily while the Zana sits idle because i know that i will be switching headphones when tv goes on and the v200 works better with others.  Also i want a decent length of listening time if i am going to hit the tubes where as the v200 can go for shorter sessions.  Both are great, one is better but limited, the other is versatile and easier to deal with.

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