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post #5986 of 6600

Hey guys, I just wanted to suggest the Nuforce DAC-100 or the Nuforce HAP-100 as a good mid-price DAC/amp or amp that have good synergy with the HD800.  

 

The HAP-100 is an amp only, with 4 RCA inputs and a variable output set of RCA.  It has more voltage swing into low impedance phones than the DAC-100 but with high impedance HD800 the DAC-100 sounds very close - with 4 digital inputs instead of analog, and one variable output RCA.  The HAP-100 sounds a lot like my $1200 maxed out (Vcaps & Blackgates) Woo WA-6 with the best tubes, but costs half as much with about twice the power!    

 

The DAC-100 is not as good with low impedance phones as the HAP-100, and it has a higher noise floor with very sensitive low impedance phones and IEM.  But for HD800 only it's better than my DACmini which can get a little fatiguing with HD800 over time.  While DAC-100 is best with HD800, the DACmini is best with LCD-2, HE-500 and LA7000.  The HAP-100 is like a combination of the best of the DAC-100 and DACmini.

post #5987 of 6600

Just got the HD800s, listening to the first few songs now.

 

First off, I can see why the looks are a little polarizing. They do look like they belong in an alien spaceship! But at the same time, they seem like a class act: precisely crafted, from the way the headband adjusts with crisp yet soft little "clacks" to the ridged Sennheiser logo on the inside of the ear cup.

 

I put on the Kinks' album Misfits to start since it has a warm and liquid sound, and I wanted to ease into these headphones, being used to a fair bit of warmth with the HD650s and D7000s.

 

I was expecting a much colder, thinner sound! I think I almost had myself psyched up to not like these, considering all the comments I've heard about them being too bright. That said, I'm on the third song of a warm album.

 

I must say, physically these are very comfortable headphones. My main priority with headphones is comfort -- both in how they wear and how they sound. I like to listen to a lot of music at a stretch, and what's the use of a headphone you can't wear for long? The HD800s have deep ear cups, low clamping force, and distribute what clamping there is well around the ear. The cups are so big that they're hugging like half my head, and gently at that. At the same time, if I tilt my head back or forth the ear cups move forward or back, so they're not as secure as my HD650s or D7000s. So they're all in a similar league -- above average comfort, with minor idiosyncrasies.

 

Moving on to Pink Floyd's Animals, that classic rock warmth is still there, fantastic clarity and atmosphere, you can really hear each musician well.

 

These headphones do smell a bit funny. New car smell or something. I hope I'm not absorbing toxic chemicals!

 

Next up: Beck's Sea Change (Mofi version), Girls' Father, Sun, Holy Ghost, and Frank Ocean's channel ORANGE.

post #5988 of 6600

I don't think the HD 800s are cold either, I do think they are a bit dull sounding though. 

post #5989 of 6600
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Super 7: After spending some time with different tube combos in the output (6 x 6SN7) and the driver slot (1 x 6SN7), I've been able to use either a 7N7 with adapter in the driver position or Rogers tubes in the output position to soften the top of "bad recordings" and increase bass or in the case of the 7N7...also increase the stage.

 

In fact, I went a bit <too> far in making the HD800 bassy and lost some resolution too- so now I am bringing it back to find the right balance and have some combos I already like a lot.  Next, I'll try some capacitors that Anaxilus has been experimenting with.  With the price of the Super 7 (I did get pre-order), I feel fine about the $ spent on tubes and now some pricier capacitors.

 

At the last mini-meet, I purposely left a bassier/less-resolving set in to show the HD800 range.  

 

 

 

700

 

I'm thinking of getting the Super 7 for my HD800 rig because I've been reading very good things about it. Do you think it's the no-brainer under 2500$? How exactly would you describe the colorations of the amplifier?

post #5990 of 6600
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I'm thinking of getting the Super 7 for my HD800 rig because I've been reading very good things about it. Do you think it's the no-brainer under 2500$? How exactly would you describe the colorations of the amplifier?

 

 

How about the DNA Stratus?

post #5991 of 6600

Do you think DAC V800 will go well with my HD800 and WOO WA2? Is there a better DAC with in that price range? 

post #5992 of 6600
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How about the DNA Stratus?

Stratus is not under $2500

post #5993 of 6600
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Stratus is not under $2500

 

 

Huh, How much is it?

post #5994 of 6600
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Huh, How much is it?

$2600. Haha.

post #5995 of 6600
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$2600. Haha.

 

 

I know right...

post #5996 of 6600
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I don't think the HD 800s are cold either, I do think they are a bit dull sounding though. 

 

I find them incredibly dynamic and vibrant, but they depend heavily on the system they're plugged into (solid state balanced is working best for me so far).  The only thing I can complain about with the HD800s is how much they're costing me upgrading everything else... eek.gif

post #5997 of 6600

I asked this in the Yulong D18 thread with no response yet, though I'd try it here.  Is there an HD800 owner here with the Yulong D18 dac?  Does it alone cure the HD800's treble spikes?  I was going to pair the dac with a neutral amp, most likely the Corda Classic.

post #5998 of 6600
I'm sorry but it does will make it even worse.
post #5999 of 6600
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I asked this in the Yulong D18 thread with no response yet, though I'd try it here.  Is there an HD800 owner here with the Yulong D18 dac?  Does it alone cure the HD800's treble spikes?  I was going to pair the dac with a neutral amp, most likely the Corda Classic.

I can't remember anyone trying that combo on this thread. Of course someone may have but haven't seen it. Also wouldn't it make more sense for a neutral dac and colored amp?

post #6000 of 6600

It does but given the deal of the amp and HD800 together, it's too good to pass up atm.

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