How much would hd800s cost alone in AU?
Recent Images In This Thread
- brandBurson Audiotagged by System, 1/11/11
- productBurson Audio HA-160Dtagged by System, 2/16/11
- categoryDesktop Ampstagged by System, 1/11/11
- categoryHeadphone Amplifierstagged by System, 1/11/11
- brandLehmanntagged by System, 1/11/11
- productSennheiser HD 800 Headphonestagged by System, 1/11/11
- productSPL Auditortagged by System, 9/15/11
Related Forum Threads
- Grace M902 vs Burson 160D Last post on 4/11/11 at 9:15pm in Headphone Amps (full-size)
- 1000$ amp and dac for hd800 Last post on 4/1/11 at 8:27am in Headphone Amps (full-size)
- Best Headphones/Amp Combo for Classical Music (especially Opera); Budget: $2000-2500 Last post on 2/23/13 at 1:54pm in Headphones (full-size)
- Best Amp/DAC Combo with HD800 Last post on 11/5/12 at 9:14pm in Headphones (full-size)
- Grace design m903 vs burson 160d for HD800? Which is better? Last post on 9/7/12 at 7:57am in Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones)
Last edited: 11/28/14
- Head-Fi Buying Guide (Ultra-High-End Headphones (Summit-Fi))Last edited: 12/8/14
- Diy Beginners GuideLast edited: 7/22/13
- Headphone ImpedanceLast edited: 8/18/12
These are also known as the monoprice 8323's. I have these for nearly 2 years. I bought them a few months after my faithfull 8323's. Pros - for the price they deliver the highest quality...
Let me start this review with some information about the company that made these headphones, Philips. The company that invented the CD, the first radio etc. As a Dutch guy, I'm very connected with...
I'll start off by saying I am by no means an audiophile, just a kid with some money and a passion for music. These headphones, as far as I can tell, have more prominent mids than most...
Let me just say one thing up front: if you have any complaints about the speed or the bass extension of these headphones, you need a better headphone amp. /endofdiscussion The HD600s will take the...
Sound is neutral with a slight mid bass tilt. Highs and lows are well extended. Sound stage is large for an iem. The bass has some impact without being boomy. The treble is clear without...
Burson vs Lehmann for HD 800 - Page 2
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #17 of 491/13/11 at 6:36amThread Starterpost #18 of 491/13/11 at 7:33ampost #19 of 491/13/11 at 7:46amIf it were up to me personally, for the same price of the bcl+hd800 i would get hd800+woo wa2 and upgrades or if second hand, hd800+woo wa22. Tubes is where its at with the sennheiser hd800. I much prefer a hi end tube amp to the solid states for hd800. I compared the burson to the wa6se in my review but the higher end woos are where the money's at. This is assuming you already have a decent source but if you dont, i thnk bcl synergy with hd800 is good but its ruthlessly revealing of all the bad artifacts without a good dac. The ha160d already is a decejt source in itself so i think the combination is far better value than bcl. If you pair the bcl with a good source however it sounds great. Budget SE source- best i've heard for under1k is the dac19dsp1. I heard the new dsp5 board is amazing. I know its not async usb but if you get an upgraded hiface or a halide bridge with it, it will literally blow anything else out of the water for 1k all in all. I'm assuming that the organic sound is not what yoi're after but i really rccomend you do some research before the purchase. Imo b22 4ch and the woo lineup are far better choices for hd800. The burson is an amazing contender at the 1k mark due to its great dac. The zana deux is also an amazing contender, i would b22 woo wa22 and wa5 and zana in a league above the bcl and burson- which i thnk belong in the same tier. If you are adamant on the fast bcl signature however, its bcl, hd800, halide bridge, dac19 and dont forget your cables- fast and detailed means silver and silver means expensivepost #20 of 491/13/11 at 9:47amThread Starter
sawindra, I already did look inside both amps and you get more in the Burson (discrete input stage, stepped attenuator). However, did you see that I mentioned that I am going to get HD 800 + Rhinelander for $2000 AUD or HD 800 + BCL for $2850 AUD? So if I went with the Burson I would have to sell the Rhinelander. Any idea what I could get for that new in Australia?
stainless824, I believe the more neutral the better to be honest, naturalness through neutrality, and the valve sound (and even more so vinyl) is not my cup of tea. I actually do have silver interconnects (Nordost Red Dawn), but don't use them that much (was thinking about getting rid of them actually). I am a believer in cable shielding, gauge etc., and actually believe the Nordost may have a very slightly faster and more detailed sound (but less smooth and bodied sound), perhaps due to their different geometric configuration. But these differences don't justify the price to me - and don't necessarily lead to better sound. I hate cable voodoo too.
I like the price and DAC functionality of the HA-160D, but if its not as neutral, then I guess its probably not for me. I believe classical music really benefits from neutrality.
Between the Burson and BCL, how would you compare the "air" around instruments, and the separation between different instruments? Are either of them bright or hard in the treble (this obviously depends on the quality of the source and the source material)?
Edited by BingCrosby1903 - 2/19/11 at 4:00pmpost #21 of 491/13/11 at 1:43pmpost #22 of 491/14/11 at 10:21amThread Starterpost #23 of 491/14/11 at 5:48pm
classical music benifits more from soundstage than complete neutrality. Wouldn't you rather hear where each individual instrument is placed in the room? Seeing as the burson and the b22 are neutral enough as it is, why not go for the b22 judging from you music preference? If it were me (on a budget) it would be burson 160d. Then if you got a bit more in your pocket then its the beta22 with a nice balanced DAC. The BCL is aimed more at rock IMO where soundstage isn't a high prioritypost #24 of 491/22/11 at 12:13am
... I noticed you stated that you mainly listen to classical . . .I have the HD650 and have listened to both the BCL and the Burson.
The BCL is technically adept and very agile . .. very fast . .. very good for metal, rock etc. . . very clean.
The Burson has a terrific grip on the lower mid through to bass region that gives it it's 'warmth' people speak about. . . (please note - this grip is not vice like, it is organic and firm).
To my ears the Burson soundstage is more natually laid out than the BCL.
I listen mainly to Jazz and vocals, world music, classical and Hip Hop.
To my ears the Burson not only sounds better, but is more lifelike and emotional in it's impact - especially when the going gets tough. . . Carmina Burana (Orff) sounds amazing and natural and huge through the Burson, and a little light and fleet of foot on the BCL.
They are both very impressive, but the Burson is more natural to me, and helps fill out the lower mids/bass end of open style headphones to approach the dynamic slam of dynamic cans.
hope this opinion helps.
Edited by bfwiat - 1/31/11 at 4:00pmpost #25 of 491/22/11 at 5:40ampost #26 of 491/24/11 at 3:58pmThread Starter
Sorry I haven't replied for a while - I was away. Thanks for the replies in the meantime.
stainless824 - You have said that the bcl in slightly more neutral than the burson, while the burson has a slightly wider soundstage. I already heard great instrument separation with bcl + HD 800, and I believe that great neutrality includes an unaltered rendition of the soundstage.
bfwiat - I believe you meant that the Burson gives open dynamic headphones like the HD 650s as much slam as closed dynamic cans. Agile, fast and clean are all words I associate with live classical music, but I also associate texture, "ommph", body and weight, but never "muddiness".
From a technical perspective, the Burson seems to have better SNR and more output power, the other specifications seem similar.
I also don't think that it is the role of any piece of high fidelity equipment to provide "soul", that should have been done by the musician in the original performance and then captured by the recording engineer in consultation with the performer. In that way, I think of hi-fi gear as a precision tool (like a lens) that allows you to "see" or "hear" the music with great realism. It shouldn't ever be a musical instrument itself though.post #27 of 491/24/11 at 4:29pm
6moons has an excellent review of the HA-160D. The reviewer, Srajan Ebaen told me through some recent emails that it remains his favorite amp and that it works well with HD-800's. He also said it's DAC is very good.
Unfortunately I can't give any personal opinions until I get the money to order one :(post #28 of 491/28/11 at 10:59pm
I agree with you on your thoughts on the role of audio products and the passion and emotion of music.
Everyone hears differently, everyone's ears and head are different shapes (which especially affects headphone listening), and everyone's life experience prompts different emotional responses (especially if the artist/recording captures that). . . . and so, with that proviso out the way . . .
The Burson definitely has great oomph with no boom,bloom and muddy gloom . . it's clean rich warm NATURALLY textured lower mids down to bass end is absolutely what I love about the Burson.
I think some people confuse this natural, fast textured warmth as "tube like", for me the difference is that the Burson is in control of it's low end warmth, and indeed, on recordings that are a little off (some 80's pop recordings for instance - Peter Gabriel) the Burson doesn't add warmth, only control and texture.
For me, the best explanation/demonstration of the controlled rich (not muddy) tone of the Burson shines through on Cello, clarinet, Double Bass, piano and also any percussion. Listening to the Burson makes these instruments have body, texture and tone, detail throughout the mids and lower mids . . that helps you hear not only what the musicians are playing, but how they are playing their instrument both as an individual and in the context of playing together with other musicians.
As I listen to jazz and world music - hearing percussion (Djembe, bongo, conga etc) on the Burson is quite awesome, you can hear what part of the musicians hand hit which part of the drum and how hard they hit it . .you can hear how tight the skin is on the drum, you can nearly feel the impact as if it was indeed a live instrument in the room with you, not a recording . . . the Burson has a real knack of making percussion sound really truly live . . . I think it has excellent Pace Rhythm andTiming as well as a full range of textures and a naturally convincing control - invigorating stuff indeed!!
I also think the soundstage is very good - not overly huge in height perception, but excellent in width and depth.
It has a very stable and realistic placement of instruments left to right and front to back. I find that it is also quite interesting that it seems capable of producing a square or rectangular shaped sounding space (as real live music is often performed in) rather than the elliptical or circular sound stage perception I normally find I get on Headphones from other headphone amps.
May I suggest you organise to listen to the Burson and the BCL for yourself to see how you hear it, but for me, the Burson isn't just technically good, it helps music sound textured,organic and as if the musicians are performing together, yet still has the smaller details of each instrument and musician.
all the best in your search for audio bliss.
"bfwiat - I believe you meant that the Burson gives open dynamic headphones like the HD 650s as much slam as closed dynamic cans. Agile, fast and clean are all words I associate with live classical music, but I also associate texture, "ommph", body and weight, but never "muddiness".
From a technical perspective, the Burson seems to have better SNR and more output power, the other specifications seem similar.
I also don't think that it is the role of any piece of high fidelity equipment to provide "soul", that should have been done by the musician in the original performance and then captured by the recording engineer in consultation with the performer. In that way, I think of hi-fi gear as a precision tool (like a lens) that allows you to "see" or "hear" the music with great realism."
Edited by bfwiat - 1/29/11 at 4:00pmpost #29 of 492/14/11 at 7:01amThread Starterpost #30 of 492/14/11 at 9:07am
I've been using my SPL Auditor with the HD800 since it was released and I'm very very pleased with it.
The Auditor just like the BCL is totally uncolored and drives my headphones with unparalleled energy and clarity.
Have a look at SPLs Website, they nicely discribe the unusual tech they use in the Auditor.
If you want your sound to be a little on the warm / analog side, you should rather choose a DAC with such a sound signature, that's what I did.
- Burson vs Lehmann for HD 800
Gear mentioned in this thread:
- Head-Fi Buying Guide (Ultra-High-End Headphones (Summit-Fi))
- › Toxic Cables - Impressions and Discussion Thread 3 seconds ago
- › Hegel HD12 DSD DAC 40 seconds ago
- › The Xiaomi Pistons Thread 2.0 41 seconds ago
- › Looking for the best amp for the Sennheiser HD 600 I can get for $150 1 minute ago
- › AKG K3003 High End 3 Way System Headphone 1 minute ago
- › On a mission to like jazz 3 minutes ago
- › Speakers In Use With Schiit Ragnarok 4 minutes ago
- › Light Harmonic Geek Wave 4 minutes ago
- › I need to decide my next headphones 4 minutes ago
- › Liquid Gold - 2014 5 minutes ago
- › Monoprice MHP-839 by engineerd3d
- › Philips Fidelio X2 by D-TECH
- › Audio-Technica AIR Dynamic Headphones ATH-AD900X by NineRedTools
- › Sennheiser HD 600 by rjm003
- › Miles Davis Trumpet High Performance In-ear Headphones by Merfolk
- › Dunu TITAN 1 — titanium-coated diaphragm earphones by Niyologist
- › Goldring DR100 High Fidelity Stereo Headphones by interpolate
- › thinksound rain2 Wooden In-Ear Headphone (Gunmetal Chocolate) by Delance26
- › AudioMinor Headphone Cables by Baycode
- › Etymotic Research Isolator MK5 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones by eyal1983
- › Table of Earphocalypse
- › The Great FiiO DAP FAQ Wiki
- › Audio Connections between components --...
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Introduction)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 2
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 3
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 2
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 3