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post #2656 of 2669
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Originally Posted by joshk4 View Post

Over here, the CH 800 is not much more than the norne audio.

Have you tried comparing the CH 800 with norne audio?

I want a balance cable just so it utilises the full capacity of the hdvd 800.
I own the CH800 cables and the quality and sound are great. I priced the Moon Audio cables and their low end balanced for HD800 were about the same price, the high end were $550.

On another topic, the Senn site says the HDVA800 DAC will accept 24/192 USB input but only 24/88.1 via optical. Just FYI.
post #2657 of 2669
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Originally Posted by joshk4 View Post


Over here, the CH 800 is not much more than the norne audio.

Have you tried comparing the CH 800 with norne audio?

I want a balance cable just so it utilises the full capacity of the hdvd 800.

IMHO, no contest here. Norne offers more body and more balanced sound. CH 800 is just stock Sennheiser cable with 4-pin XLR on the end.

post #2658 of 2669
I went to the Norne Audio website. The only Sennheiser items were do it yourself connectors. Terrible Sales website though. Very hard to find anything. Most of the descriptions have so much abbreviations it sounds like engineering babel.
Edited by defbear - 6/28/15 at 6:06pm
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Recently acquired the HDVD 800 and its an outstanding piece of hardware! that being said the HD 800 i'm using with it are extremely revealing and the DAC in this unit is a bit harsh for my taste. Vocals though realistic can be a bit harsh and sharp at times. I listen to a lot of Vocal jazz/Acoustic guitar and Electronica and over some time it gets pretty tiring. That is until paired it with the Stello U3 USB converter with AES out to the HDVD 800! The Stello really helped smooth things out, the sharp detail has been tamed a bit and now things sound alot smoother with a bigger soundstage and better bass. I am very happy with this combo and the system sounds outstanding!

 

 

post #2660 of 2669
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Originally Posted by Inzane View Post
 

Recently acquired the HDVD 800 and its an outstanding piece of hardware!

 

 

Sure is a WONDERFUL combination with the HD800.  Is yours a Colorware Arctic White?  It looks beautiful!

post #2661 of 2669
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Originally Posted by kayandjohn View Post
 

Sure is a WONDERFUL combination with the HD800.  Is yours a Colorware Arctic White?  It looks beautiful!

 

It is indeed a great combo! to answer your question both the headphones and amp are standard factory color. Senn does a great job on the design and quality of their products!

post #2662 of 2669
Alot of people seem to not like the dac, but for me, it is really good, for my taste anyways...
post #2663 of 2669
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Originally Posted by joshk4 View Post

Alot of people seem to not like the dac, but for me, it is really good, for my taste anyways...


It's not really that bad and matches HD800 pretty well, it's just not the most resolving DAC. The amplifier part IMHO is top notch.


Edited by remilio - 6/29/15 at 4:47am
post #2664 of 2669
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Originally Posted by remilio View Post
 


It's not really that bad and matches HD800 pretty well, it's just not the most resolving DAC. The amplifier part IMHO is top notch.

 

Which dac do you think to be more resolving?

 

To me I find it quite resolving already.

post #2665 of 2669
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Originally Posted by joshk4 View Post

Which dac do you think to be more resolving?

To me I find it quite resolving already.

I agree, the DAC is extremely resolving and I'd imagine you'd have to spend a good chunk of change to even hear a small percentage increase in detail.
post #2666 of 2669
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Originally Posted by joshk4 View Post
 

 

Which dac do you think to be more resolving?

 

To me I find it quite resolving already.

Well, my EE Minimax Plus Dac with replaced OA is more resolving, that's why I sold HDVD800 and bought HDVA600. But if you enjoy the sound of HDVD800 - why not? It's even better for your wallet :smile:

post #2667 of 2669
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Originally Posted by remilio View Post

Well, my EE Minimax Plus Dac with replaced OA is more resolving, that's why I sold HDVD800 and bought HDVA600. But if you enjoy the sound of HDVD800 - why not? It's even better for your wallet smile.gif

I got the dvd800 the same price as the hdva600 and happy with the dac inside. Was just curious as to why alot of people don't like it.
Edited by joshk4 - 6/29/15 at 3:29pm
post #2668 of 2669

Got the CH 800 s... pretty much want that Sennheiser complete gear :)

 

So far, I'm very satisfied with Sennheiser products, and I'm pretty sure their engineers are more than capable of producing great products.

 

Hopefully the use of all that circuitry inside the HDVD 800 by using balance means something lol

post #2669 of 2669
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Originally Posted by Inzane View Post
 

Recently acquired the HDVD 800 and its an outstanding piece of hardware! that being said the HD 800 i'm using with it are extremely revealing and the DAC in this unit is a bit harsh for my taste. Vocals though realistic can be a bit harsh and sharp at times. I listen to a lot of Vocal jazz/Acoustic guitar and Electronica and over some time it gets pretty tiring. That is until paired it with the Stello U3 USB converter with AES out to the HDVD 800! The Stello really helped smooth things out, the sharp detail has been tamed a bit and now things sound alot smoother with a bigger soundstage and better bass. I am very happy with this combo and the system sounds outstanding!

 

 

 Yes the Stello u3 is a great converter. If your system is overly warm you may dislike the u3 though. I've mellowed out my 2 channel even further using the Stello U3 and Totem Earth speakers. This solid state device seems to roll of the high's a smooths out the music. I used the Stello u3 with my objective amp and burson da160 with very good results. I replaced the u3 with a Grant fidelity tube processor with vintage sylvania 6sn7's (or black treasures) for my casual headphone rig (virtuoso and hd800/hd650).

 

The stello u3 and older Simaudio 300D seemed to surpass the newer 300d mk2.  Synergy definitely goes a long way in audio. 

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