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post #1 of 15
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Ok Im currently driving the HD800 Headdies through the Headroom Desktop Amp

I was wondering if that amp is not enough to get decent sound from the HD800

I mainly listen to trance music.. sound tracks.. I appreciate good bass and smooth highs

I listen to rock much as well (Pink - Nickelback - etc..)

post #2 of 15

HD800 is not really suitable for those genres imho. Try other phones if you could, Im really enjoying with LCD2 & Schiit Lyr, and mainly listen to trance and metal as well.

post #3 of 15
The HD-800 has been good with every genre I've thrown at it. YMMV, obviously.

What's your budget? Solid state or tubes? I much prefer the HD-800 with tubes.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

The HD-800 has been good with every genre I've thrown at it. YMMV, obviously.

What's your budget? Solid state or tubes? I much prefer the HD-800 with tubes.


X2, HD800 loves tube.  I'm extremely happy with HD800/WA22 combo.

post #5 of 15
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X2, HD800 loves tube.  I'm extremely happy with HD800/WA22 combo.


A tube-like amp, but SS, is the Luxman P-1u. I didn't really know what my HD 800s could do until I got the P-1u. It's expensive, and I'll bet you get similar sound from the P-200 model at half the price of the P-1u.

 

post #6 of 15

I like the Burson HA-160, it gives a pretty warm and powerful sound not unlike a tube amp. The violectric v181 in balanced mode is known to be a good combo as well, I read that the man responsible for the HD800 uses that exact amp himself. Tube amps are nice of course, the WA22 I bet is fantastic but cheap it is not.... on the other hand the Schiit Lyr is a pretty fun and powerful tube amp that should do well with bass heavy material, and a lot less expensive...

post #7 of 15
I do not like Burson with HD800. Burson does very well with D7000 and LCD-2.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

The HD-800 has been good with every genre I've thrown at it. YMMV, obviously.


Same.  From my experience anyone saying the HD800 is only good w/ 'X' genre hasn't truly heard what they are capable of w/ the right chain.  I would have laughed this idea off till I heard it for myself.

 

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Originally Posted by scottlf View Post

I didn't really know what my HD 800s could do until I got .....


I know what you mean.  For me it was the Eddie Current amps and the WA5.  Completely made me rethink what I thought I knew about the HD800.

 

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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post

I do not like Burson with HD800. Burson does very well with D7000 and LCD-2.


I wasn't much of a fan of the Burson w/ the LCD2 either.  Lyr was much better to my ears.  It was sublime w/ the HD650 though.  The Burson 160 actually struck me as a rather fickle amp w/ some phones whereas usually it's the other way around.  YMMV.  

 

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by zhunter View Post

HD800 is not really suitable for those genres imho. Try other phones if you could, Im really enjoying with LCD2 & Schiit Lyr, and mainly listen to trance and metal as well.


Nonsense.

 

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Originally Posted by Uncle Erik View Post

...I much prefer the HD-800 with tubes.


x3

 

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Originally Posted by Benimaru View Post

Ok Im currently driving the HD800 Headdies through the Headroom Desktop Amp

I was wondering if that amp is not enough to get decent sound from the HD800

I mainly listen to trance music.. sound tracks.. I appreciate good bass and smooth highs

I listen to rock much as well (Pink - Nickelback - etc..)

 

If you can swing ~$1500, wait for the Eddie Current Super 7. I heard it again with HD800s at a recent meet and am even more convinced of this match.

 

post #10 of 15

Chalk me up as another person that thinks HD800 does reasonably well across most genres (and spectacular in some others) provided that you get a well matching rig for it.

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post

I'm extremely happy with HD800/WA22 combo.


Yeah, I'm a huge fan of that combo as well.

 

post #12 of 15

I thought the HD800 sounded incredible on the SPL Phonitor. You could always spend $1000 less and get the Auditor which sounds the exact same and is just as powerful as the Phonitor.

post #13 of 15

Here a couple of others at different price ranges: 

 

Lyr

WA6SE

WA5

ECBA

 

tube rolling is required.


Edited by purrin - 8/13/11 at 9:47am
post #14 of 15

I'd also like to recommend the Woo Audio WA2 amp as it power the HD800 effortlessly. It will also warm up their sonic signature quite a bit and help tame the peeks in the treble, fill in the mids, and round the bass.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post

I'd also like to recommend the Woo Audio WA2 amp as it power the HD800 effortlessly. It will also warm up their sonic signature quite a bit and help tame the peeks in the treble, fill in the mids, and round the bass.


I suspect all of the Woo stuff would sound good with the HD800s. Woo seems to have a consistent house sound.

 

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