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HD800 Cable Advice

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I recently purchased an HD800, which is wonderful. I like the stock cable that came with the headphone but the length is overkill. I don't need six feet of cable. I need maybe half that. I'd like to get a high-quality cable but something short and relatively lightweight. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 52
I ordered a 6' Moon Audio Blue Dragon, it is in my office now. I will let you know how it is compare to the stock cable on Monday. I uploaded the pics that Drew sent me on the Protector thread.
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Contact Robert at Aphrodite Cu29 audiophile grade audio video cable and electronics
I just got my T1 recabled with his top of the line Zeus based on Wireworld OCC DNA Helix wire and it is incredible sounding and very light.

Read this:
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/bey...-cable-485340/
post #4 of 52
I highly recommend the DHC (Double Helix Cable) Complement Clone for HD800. It is really a wonderful cable and beautifully made, but a little on the expensive side. It has really taken my HD800 to a more enjoyable level
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I have not tried the Clone but I have the Complement with my HD800 and it takes them to a higher level. Unfortunately it is more than double the Zeus so for the price the Zeus is a great option.
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post #6 of 52
about the HD 800 should the internal cable also be replaced or not ?? for a balanced config ??
post #7 of 52
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Originally Posted by Bilavideo View Post
I recently purchased an HD800, which is wonderful. I like the stock cable that came with the headphone but the length is overkill. I don't need six feet of cable. I need maybe half that. I'd like to get a high-quality cable but something short and relatively lightweight. Any suggestions?
The usual one: Cut it to half the length and solder a Neutrik or Furutech plug onto it. That's what I've done, and it even resulted in a slight sonic improvement.

The stock cable really isn't bad – no need to replace it, unlike with the HD 580/600/650 –, but my two other cables offer specific sonic advantages nonetheless. Soon after the Clone, which is often recommended here, I ordered the Silver Dragon, because the Clone was a tiny bit too dull for my taste. Apart from that soundstage and imaging were better. The Silver Dragon even topped it in this respect and additionally had a treble-friendlier sonic balance. But that's with a slightly modded HD 800 tuned for lower internal reflections and sibilance, so it may not necessarily be a universally valid recommendation. I can imagine the Clone to be a better choice for the original HD 800.


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about the HD 800 should the internal cable also be replaced or not ?? for a balanced config ??
No.
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post #8 of 52
Anyone tried the HD800 Cardas cable and likes it?
post #9 of 52
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about the HD 800 should the internal cable also be replaced or not ?? for a balanced config ??
What do you mean with "internal cable"?
post #10 of 52
Jazz,
I think your opinions of the DHC Clone are misplaced. I would attribute the dull sound to be more a property of your Corda amp. I've heard the clone on a Beta22 and it's anything but dull.

Headphone cables have extreme synergy with amps. I don't know why but they do. The DHC Complement made a gigantic improvement to the Phoenix compared to other cables, whereas on other amps the difference was not quite as huge.
post #11 of 52
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What do you mean with "internal cable"?
i tought those cable need to be replaced or somthing els inside
i look like i just worried to much

sale price is still 990 EUR but i asked offer one unite and it could be sold for 872 EUR include shipping. Its still asking 200 EUR to much.

post #12 of 52
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I think your opinions of the DHC Clone are misplaced. I would attribute the dull sound to be more a property of your Corda amp. I've heard the clone on a Beta22 and it's anything but dull.
This characteristic was consistent among different amps. Moreover the Symphony is anything but dull. But you haven't heard my modified HD 800. My perception is correct as far as my own ears are concerned.
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post #13 of 52
Has anyone reviewed cables from Moon Audio ?
post #14 of 52
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Has anyone reviewed cables from Moon Audio ?
Just the Silver Dragon – and very rudimentarily. It sounds extremely detailed and focussed, even more so than its predecessor, the V1. Highly recommended from my part. Maybe too treble-friendly and analytical to some with the original HD 800.
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post #15 of 52
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Originally Posted by JaZZ View Post
 
This characteristic was consistent among different amps. Moreover the Symphony is anything but dull. But you haven't heard my modified HD 800. My perception is correct as far as my own ears are concerned.
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Yes, but that's only how they sound with your modded HD800s. Your opinion isn't really valid for a regular HD800 since we don't know what your mod does to the sound of the HD800.

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