Originally Posted by i019791
If you have not really heard the HD800, you are taking a risk bigger (depending on the type of music you prefer, your sensitivity to brightness etc) than most other headphones IMO. If so, I would think to check things with an inexpensive amp (preferably a tube one) and not commit to expensive gear.
thanks for your response, although i agree to what you say, but i usually dont keep upgrading or rolling amps or various earphones every few months or years. In the past i've brought various equipments on rigorous research and from univocal feedbacks from members on the forum. I usually listen to PsyTrance, EDM (not hiphop), and a bit of rock music.
I was told that the Master 9 will be ideal for my music tastes. Plus any high end tube such as the Liquid Glass or the EC 445.. but they are way out of my budget right now... maybe i might look into higher end gear in a year or two. I am more of a speaker guy, and love my high end home theater setup that goes below 6Hz on the LFE bass.
Originally Posted by xxxfbsxxx
logically theres no chance agd would make the amp in ref10 better than m9 given the price of ref10~m9
i have asked some ppl and it seem the amp in ref10=70%-80% of m9 and the dac section is about 70-80% m7
so the p/p is very good but theres no way ref10 can beat m9
Thats good news, does it mean that ref10 can be used for HD800, i havent seen lots of people talking about this amp on the HD800 appreciation thread.
Although i was reading somewhere that a balanced dac will work wonders with the balanced master 9, including balanced cables. Hence i was thinking if ref10 can satisfy the first two criteria's. If the ref10 works wonders with hd800 i will set this as my endgame setup with the hd800. has anyone compared various headphones with master 9 vs reference 10?