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post #1591 of 2187

Heard HDVD800/HD800 combo and I was surprised how bright and sterile this combo is. Not my cup of tea.

post #1592 of 2187

Has anyone out there auditioned HD800 with the Burson Conductor?  That amp also is supposed to be excellent with the Senns.  It would be interesting to get some feedback from users who have tried HD800s with both of them.  I realize most people are usually hunkered down in one camp or the other, but some input on this topic would be welcome.

post #1593 of 2187

I definitely prefer the Conductor to my HDVD800. That being said the HDVD is still great, I would recommend getting the HDVA600 though and a DAC.

post #1594 of 2187
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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post
 

I definitely prefer the Conductor to my HDVD800. That being said the HDVD is still great, I would recommend getting the HDVA600 though and a DAC.

 

+1  I also much preferred the Conductor to HDVD800.

post #1595 of 2187
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Originally Posted by negura View Post

+1  I also much preferred the Conductor to HDVD800.
conductor is a good amp,but like I've said before,the hdvd800 with a good dac is headphone heaven,but I like my music 2 sound as it was recorded. I know some people like their music with added bass or treble, which is ok if that's what's u like.as long as u enjoy ur music that's all that matters.
Edited by lovethatsound - 10/8/13 at 12:00pm
post #1596 of 2187
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I like my music 2 sound as it was recorded.

Are you saying that your system goal is to make your headphones sound like a pair of Sony MDR-7506's plugged into a studio mixing console? wink.gif
post #1597 of 2187
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Originally Posted by lovethatsound View Post


conductor is a good amp,but like I've said before,the hdvd800 with a good dac is headphone heaven,but I like my music 2 sound as it was recorded. I know some people like their music with added bass or treble, which is ok if that's what's u like.as long as u enjoy ur music that's all that matters.

 

Thanks, everyone who contributed input on this. I basically have equal quality advice from both camps, Conductor and HDVD800.  Now I am totally undecided.  Let's see, Hmmmmmmm.  HDVD800 or Conductor, HDVD800 or Conductor, HDVD800 or Conductor. Ngaaahhhhrrgghhh.  Ok, I am going to my rubber room now.  See you when I am all better.

post #1598 of 2187
If you own the hd800 get the HDVD800 hands down , the amp is superb the dac is good but given the amp can be used with other dacs it's the better choice. To me the HD800 sound close to the stax 009 and close to the HE6 as well , but not useing the hdvd800 for the HE6 .
Just an opinion
post #1599 of 2187

I found the amp to be very transparent and refined with a nice soundstage for a SS amp, but the HD800 still sound a bit too clinical and devoid of emotion with this amp. I feel they need tubes to take of the edges and give it more body.


Edited by Sweden - 10/8/13 at 10:55pm
post #1600 of 2187
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

Are you saying that your system goal is to make your headphones sound like a pair of Sony MDR-7506's plugged into a studio mixing console? wink.gif
I'm saying I want my music 2 sound like the band or artist is there playing 4 me in my room,and I feel like I'm getting this sound now with my hdvd800,my hd800s,my naim dac,its fantastic.
post #1601 of 2187
This is how I feel about the combo as well. I have several amps I have tried with the hd800 headphones. Mytek stereo 192' woo audio wa22' woo audio Wa5. . The only setup that comes close to the hdvd800 is the audio d M7 and the audio gd M8 and this is about 4k in equipment and not as detailed or as fast as this hdvd800 it's not sterile it's what the recording is nothing else.

Al D
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post


Are you saying that your system goal is to make your headphones sound like a pair of Sony MDR-7506's plugged into a studio mixing console? wink.gif

 

I think it was the liner notes for NiN Ghosts that had a picture of Trent Reznor in the studio with Sony MDR-SA5000 headphones, so there are some exceptions!

post #1603 of 2187
^^
LOL. Always an exception smily_headphones1.gif
post #1604 of 2187

I have been using the HDVD800 for over one month now. The AMP prat is really nice, although definitely there are better choices in this price (£1200 level for HDVA600?), the HDVD800 is the most beautiful one. The two 6.35mm plug and two balanced outputs also support more flexibility to use.

 

While the DAC is not as good as I expected. The DAC chip is PCM-1792 if I remerber it correctly. That's a quite old chip currently. I used my protable player HM-901 (Dual ESS9018) dock to RCA to HDVD800 AMP and compared with the HDVD800 DAC to AMP and the difference is very obvious. Overall the HDVD800 DAC performed an average level with other PCM-1792 DACs like WEISS DAC2. So I would say that the £200 for HDVD800 and HDVA600 is absolutely worthwhile. However the resolution and clarity are very much limited compared with the HM-901 DAC. Even the portable new DAC can outperform it, so if you want to get a one step completion for you HIFI experience, HDVD800 would not be a good idea for you.

post #1605 of 2187

Hi,everyone

I found it less people talking about the HDVA600, so I post my question here:

I am using the HD650 and Essence ST soundcard with my new HDVA600, but I found out that in low volume, the left channel sounds louder than the right one. When I increase the volume in a certain level, the sound in the right channel will come up.

Is that a problem with HDVA600 or Essence ST soundcard's lineout?

Hope someone can answer me, thank you.

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