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Where do you guys keep finding Goodwill stores with such great gear? The best thing I ever found at mine was a $15 Onkyo CD player that wouldn't play the first track of any CD.

I've wondered this for awhile. Each goodwill store I go into is almost all clothes and nothing else but total junk. I'm not fond of going into them so I've stopped as it's just a go in for 20 seconds see there's nothing and get out deal... 

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Does the headphone out relatively tame the "brightness" of the HD800?

Yes, but It doesn't dull the treble at all, just smooths it out. To be fair most good amps do this :) But I'm also from the camp that doesn't think that the HD800 are too bright anyway. 

 

The old NAD amps have a kind of 'chocolaty' sound. They aren't the last word in detail and transparency but they have such a seductive (and I think natural) tone. They make the Chameleon that is the HD800 sound more planar-esque. More 'liquidy'.    

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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

Where do you guys keep finding Goodwill stores with such great gear? The best thing I ever found at mine was a $15 Onkyo CD player that wouldn't play the first track of any CD.

A lot of the time, the girl at Goodwill holds the stuff for me to look at. redface.gif
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Turns out I've noticed a few bad things w/ the NAD.

1. There's a 2dB channel imbalance, R>L.
2. the left channel is noticeably brighter than the right.
3. It clicks and pops a little after it's been on for > half an hour.

I turned it over to my electronics guy to check it out, he says he can fix and freshen it up, which I want to do since it's so old and rare.
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Yes, but It doesn't dull the treble at all, just smooths it out. To be fair most good amps do this :) But I'm also from the camp that doesn't think that the HD800 are too bright anyway. 

 

The old NAD amps have a kind of 'chocolaty' sound. They aren't the last word in detail and transparency but they have such a seductive (and I think natural) tone. They make the Chameleon that is the HD800 sound more planar-esque. More 'liquidy'.    

 

The NAD headphone out has quite a high output impedance.

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