Originally Posted by Whazzzup
Apple yes but I'm not sure what signature you are after. Start with th900 you better be a bass head with the need to have quality signature that doesn't push the mids and make your ears bleed after an hour of listening. These are for a lack of better description the best all around cans there are, presumptuous but all around infers not a specialty nich can. I will repost from the what powers th900 from my reply about this on that thread, sorry folks, and obviously this is just my opinion, and a non I have listened to many pairings one but yes the a8 is special with the th900, good 3d.
Originally Posted by mariowar
Originally Posted by Whazzzup
I like the a8 lots but looks like there is a dac amp for every listener so it is an opinion.
How would you describe the synergy between the A8 and the TH900s in jazz and rock?
I have previously read that the A8 sound is mellow.
Does this amp/DAC makes justice to the the spectacular low end performance of the TH900s ?
The a8 to me provides everything the th900 needs and the 3d imaging super low end responsive base is best heard through electronic and down tempo genres with a fantastic representation of jazz and blues accross the full spectrum. Est gives me goose bumps, Archie shepp and his sax in the blues genre is so close and personal it almost hurts but it doesn't. Vocals for lorde makes you weep but once again a genre that isnt necessarily out there commercially, down tempo and electronic gives your spine a shake with that low end torque of the a8 and th900 pairing. My least favourite, yet totally acceptable is rock genre. Maybe its the compression of the classics, queen aside, or more palatable are newer rock bands say jets overhead etc, that give the system its justice. I'm tickled pink by the pair, but I am a newbie in the sense there are plenty of posters who have many hours testing all kinds of pairings. For me it was more dumb luck, I chose th900 cause of research and the genre of music I listened too, the a8 because of its input options and tech specs and being made by fostex, I figured their flagship would be a great match for there flagship, couple that with my oyaide continental 5s usb and I turned Japanese as it were.
Hope this helps somewhat.
Wel my signature is rather euphonic, not neutral and certainly not analytical. Think low impedance dynamics like AT woodies, D7000 and the TH-900.
I already have the TH-900 by the way and had a D7000, two pairs LA7000, W5000, W3000ANV, L3000, W1000X. That's how much I like these cans.
Indeed, the TH-900 as well as the D7000 are allround cans, but they never sound sterile and have a signature I like.
The AT-s on the other hand are very genre specific, some more than others. I loved the W3000ANV with vocals, the L3000 with hardrock. I like how euphonic these sound.
Thanks for reposting your impressions on the A8, they make think in favor of the A8.
Originally Posted by kurochin
I loved the HP-A8's DAC. It had that typical wetness and weight you get in most good AKM implementations, without being too flowery. The amp section was a bit too ordinary for my liking, however. I preferred using the HP-A8 as a DAC alone, partnering it with my Burson. It's almost as if the HP-A8's amp section was trying to neuter the TH-900's natural character. Some people might like that type of presentation, especially if they think the TH-900 is too U-shaped.
Best compliment I can give the HP-A8 (DAC & Amp combined) is that it sounds like a budget Luxman in many ways. As a single unit, I did prefer the HP-A8 to the Benchmark HGC, Lavry DA11 and Mytek Stereo, bit I'd still rather have it's DAC output piped out to a dedicated desktop amp.
Sounds good except for the part where you say it tries to neuter the TH-900.
Indeed, I would love to use the A8 as a Dac, as a SS amp and use it's outputs for a second (tube) amp as well.
My only problem sith that and my only gripe with the A8 is that it only has one set of outputs and I need to power a speaker amp with those.
So, for me, the A8's amp section needs to be good and needs to be what I like, complement the TH-900 lively sound rather than detract from it and try to neuter it.
If it had a second pair of outputs like most of these thingies do I'd have nothing more to think about.
Sorry guys, I'm just thinking out loud here ...