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I have found the HD800S to be a much superior headphone compared to the HD800C, even when the original has the mod. The mod addresses the treble peak, but doesn't fix the weak bass or the tendency to treble harshness and sibilance. I have found the HD800S does all this. Overall a much better headphone and I would advise any potential HD800C purchasers to save their ducats and go for the HD800S if they possibly can.

 

The only downside, apart from price, is that the soundstage is not quite as precise as the HD800C. Sources in the HD800S have a placement that is a little fuzzy and without as much air around them as the HD800C. For me this was a small price to pay for all the other goodies that the HD800S delivers. YMMV.

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Originally Posted by TonyNewman View Post

The HD800S sounds really excellent from the V281. The HD800C has problems that the HD800S helps to highlight (lacking in bass, prone to treble harshness and some sibilance). After spending time with the HD800S there is no going back for me - I am a HD800S fanboi now.

It also drove the HE6 supremely well, to the point where I struggle to bother with the power amp speaker tap rig anymore. That setup delivers a little more bass punch, but the V281 does have a nicer tonality - so perhaps not worth it.
Got to get a pair!
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Thanks both Badas and Tony for the feedback. I need to wait for more detailed impressions from both you fine chaps before I pull the trigger. The one thing that gets me attracted to the classic 800 is the super wide soundstage and airiness. The bass deficiency is something I hope to resolve with a warmer amp, possible a tubed one.
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Thanks both Badas and Tony for the feedback. I need to wait for more detailed impressions from both you fine chaps before I pull the trigger. The one thing that gets me attracted to the classic 800 is the super wide soundstage and airiness. The bass deficiency is something I hope to resolve with a warmer amp, possible a tubed one.

Too much pressure. Remember our opinions are just our opinions.

I am very interested in the test tho. I'm really interested in what the Auralic Vega can do to the WA22.

I will use the same DAC, volume level both amps and get Tony to blind test me on certain tracks. Then I will pick the best sound from not looking at what amp it is.
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Too much pressure. Remember our opinions are just our opinions.

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Right. Well said.

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Originally Posted by Badas View Post

Too much pressure. Remember our opinions are just our opinions.

I am very interested in the test tho. I'm really interested in what the Auralic Vega can do to the WA22.

I will use the same DAC, volume level both amps and get Tony to blind test me on certain tracks. Then I will pick the best sound from not looking at what amp it is.
Badas I'm assuming you've seen that addicted to audio have reduced the prices on these?
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Too much pressure. Remember our opinions are just our opinions.

I am very interested in the test tho. I'm really interested in what the Auralic Vega can do to the WA22.

I will use the same DAC, volume level both amps and get Tony to blind test me on certain tracks. Then I will pick the best sound from not looking at what amp it is.

Not to worry, I won't hold you towards any decision I make. 😊

If only A2A will ship overseas I can get quite a number of stuff from them..
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Not to worry, I won't hold you towards any decision I make. 😊

If only A2A will ship overseas I can get quite a number of stuff from them..


Get both! :popcorn:

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....I will use the same DAC, volume level both amps and get Tony to blind test me on certain tracks. Then I will pick the best sound from not looking at what amp it is.

 

Gotta love the blind test. There is nothing like it for sorting the reality from the preconception. I always learn something from blind testing (usually something about how rubbish my first set of impressions were).

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Get both! popcorn.gif

Show me the money lol!

Actually I'm holding out for a Glenn OTL which is the priority. Next the wa22 as an alternative
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Not sure if the question has been asked... Just wonder any WA22 owner has the Jupiter Cu Cap installed? Want to get some feedbacks on my next mod

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I had a friend of mine order the caps and install them since he does this stuff daily , I would have to look I think the caps and labor costed me 375.00  400.00  plus shipping . I know  a couple caps are also soldered from the bottom . 

 

Anyone interested in this upgrade can contact Paul from Many Moons Audio Im sure he would be willing to do the work


Here you go
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Looks like it's not too hard to do it myself by ordering 4 of the .33uF caps (save myself $100 on labor). Does it make a huge difference in the coupling section when swapping out the stock ones?

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The step up to those big tubes- whether 2a3, 300b or 445- is likely to be very noticeable over both the WA6 and WA22. Given you're going for a totl bhse, I'd probably pump for the wa5 if I were you.

 

"Big tubes" start at the 300B. Real men go for the 845 :wink_face:

 

This is going to be heresy in the Woo thread, but I am going to say it anyway. After investing a great deal of time and money in tubes and tube amps over the past 3 years I am done. I have found, in the Violectric V281, a solid state amp that comes ever so close to the very best tube amp I have ever heard (Glenn 300B - an amp that eats the WA5 for breakfast) in the things that tubes do so well (holographic effect + warmth) and retains the detail and dynamics of solid state. It really is like having your cake and eating it too, at a fraction of the price. Add in close to 100% reliability and close to zero warm up time and I am out of the tube game. Give me a V281 + HE6/HD800S and I am done.

Tony...If you are not going to be using the 300B amp....I will gladly take a couple of pair of Telefunken PY500 off of your hands, that is if you are willing to ship to the states.

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Tony...If you are not going to be using the 300B amp....I will gladly take a couple of pair of Telefunken PY500 off of your hands, that is if you are willing to ship to the states.


I'm trying to get it repaired locally first. If that fails I will think again on what to do with my tubes.

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