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Amps best suited for Sennheiser HD800

post #1 of 16
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Hey everyone.

I am new to this forum and new to headphones, amps etc.

I am saving up for the Sennheiser HD800 and would like to know what amps (including portable) , cables and whatever else I need to get the most out of the headphones.

 

I mainly listen to Eminem, and a little Prodigy, I also like good bass :)

I would like to know what I need for when I am out and about, and also what I need when I am just at home.

 

Any help will be highly appreciated.

 

Thankyou

 

Regards Jason

post #2 of 16

Welcome to head-fi Jason, 

 

Its not a good idea to use the HD800's as portables, as they are big and + you need a really good source to drive them properly. I also see that you like good bass. Probably they are not for you IMO as they are on the light side of it. 

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Snifter View Post

 

I am saving up for the Sennheiser HD800 

 

I mainly listen to Eminem, and a little Prodigy, I also like good bass :)


You could get better genre synergy for cheaper (and with more portability) for tastes like that.

 

 

post #4 of 16
Driving balanced HD 800's with Headroom BUDA via cardas with Wadia DAc (the better model, whatever it's called). This combo provides truly unprecedented depth, breadth, separation, and cohesiveness of soundstage (for head cans) and really wonderful timbal resolution. Neutral and completely transparent presentation. Largely flat response, but very neutral. They are the bomb for classical (unbelieveable experience listening to Julia Fischer, Rostropovich, Vienna Beethoven Symphonies, Wiinona Zelenka Bach Suites). Great but slightly less impressive with jazz. For my listening purposes and preferences, I love them. But I really don't think you will be happy listening to Eminem through these cans. As someone said, they are a sound engineer's dream, but they are definitely not " musical." You will do better sound wise with much "cheaper" cans.

I would also be interested in what others recommend as the best no-dollars-barred amp for these Sennheisers, as I DO sense some difficulty driving them with the Headroom BUDA. They sound great with BUDA, but ironically lacking in "headroom" in terms of volume control.
post #5 of 16

I too am interested in recommendations for a top-quality amp for the HD800s. I am looking for an amp that is highly transparent and neutral. I do not want or need the amp to tame or tone the signal before it gets to the HD800s. I have an excellent DAC, and I want the amp to pass everything from the DAC to the HD800s as fully and cleanly as possible.

post #6 of 16
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I too am interested in recommendations for a top-quality amp for the HD800s. I am looking for an amp that is highly transparent and neutral. I do not want or need the amp to tame or tone the signal before it gets to the HD800s. I have an excellent DAC, and I want the amp to pass everything from the DAC to the HD800s as fully and cleanly as possible.

Zana Deux.

-Daniel
post #7 of 16
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I too am interested in recommendations for a top-quality amp for the HD800s. I am looking for an amp that is highly transparent and neutral. I do not want or need the amp to tame or tone the signal before it gets to the HD800s. I have an excellent DAC, and I want the amp to pass everything from the DAC to the HD800s as fully and cleanly as possible.

The GS-1 will tell it like it is.  

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/115078/review-headamp-gs-1

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592999/headamp-gs-1-a-forgotten-treasure

post #8 of 16

How long does it take to get a Zana Deux from Eddie Current after ordering?

post #9 of 16

A friend got it after 2 weeks but it depends, have you emailed Eddie? 

post #10 of 16
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How long does it take to get a Zana Deux from Eddie Current after ordering?

Craig told me he has the parts on hand right now and it is a two week build time. I am having him do an all-black ZDSE and he said 4 weeks for that.

 

-Daniel

post #11 of 16

IMO, DIY amps are better when it comes to 1000usd and above price range

 

better because you get to choose the parts from everything inside and outside the amplifier. you can modify its sound signature/current/power output as well to fit your liking. the problem is who is going to build one.. im pretty sure it sounds better than branded 2000++ usd amps at the cost of less than 1000usd. i also think the parts + enclosure for a DIY amp is less than 1000usd.

 

to answer OP's question, DIY amps are best for your hd800 =D

post #12 of 16

My top 2 pics based on personal experience: Zana Deux/SE, Luxman P-1/u

post #13 of 16
How about Cavalli Liquid Fire for non portable use ?
post #14 of 16

GS-X -- excellent amp if you're going balanced; if not try to find a GS-1.  Very neutral and transparent, more than enough power for HD800s.   IMO the GS-X is much better with all types of music than the BUDA (too distant and uninspiring).   The GS-X will bring you right into the music in a very dynamic and involving way.  

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How about Cavalli Liquid Fire for non portable use ?

Amazing with the HD800s. I like it better than the WA2, WA22 and B22. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

The GS-1 will tell it like it is.  

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/115078/review-headamp-gs-1

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/592999/headamp-gs-1-a-forgotten-treasure

 

I don't know, that second reviewer is a bit sketchy. tongue.gif

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