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post #2836 of 2840
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That would be really interesting.

 

I'm hesitant to replace Schiit Bifrost 4490 & Asgard 2 for HDVD 800. At first one would say the HDVD 800 should be superior, but the Bifrost 4490 is a superb DAC and it's upgradeable while HDVD800 has a fixed built in DAC with less than stellar reviews, then the Asgard 2 is a clean yet slightly warm SS amplifier, that should be similar to the amp on HDVD800, we all know there's not huge variance among quality SS amps. On top of that, the output impedance is much lower on the Asgard 2 making it a better match for low impedance dynamic headphones.

 

So yeah... The HDVD800 looks great, and surely pairs well with HD700/HD800/DT880/T1, but Schiit stuff offers plenty of value and versatility.

 

For instance, the Gungnir MB is regarded among the best DACs out there. Maybe the best for the price and it's upgradable.

Then the Mjolnir 2 can be both Tube and a SS and has really low output impedance unlike the HDVD800.

So the 2k Schiit stack seems to be a no brainer next to the 2k Senn HDVD800.

Except maybe if you have a matching headphone for HDVD800 (say HD800) and appreciate the simplicity, slightly fancier looks, and the Sennheiser blessing.

 

Thanks for the insight, I'll go demo some of these units at my local retailers and listen for myself.

post #2837 of 2840

Had this for over a year now. Sounds incredible with my HD650, HD800 and HD800S. Dont think ill be using another amp for the HD series:P. With the LCD3F and LCD4, it does't exactly have a perfect synergy but its able to drive them decently. Sounds terribly bloated on my LCDX and every other low impedance cans though.

post #2838 of 2840

Can i have my monthly dose of HDVD 800 "Black/S/820" rumours? Still coming in october? 

 

What about the status of MQA?  Is it still breathing or has the industry shot it dead allready? 

post #2839 of 2840

There are no new credible updates. However, a dealer named Novo Musica in Zaragoza, Spain is the first retailer to create a product page for the HDVD820: http://www.novomusica.com/tienda/imagen-sonido-profesional/sennheiser-hdvd820-amplificador-dac-auriculares This is unlikely credible and Sennheiser still points to an October 2016 release date. 

 

Considering Sennheriser spent more than one full year redesigning the HDVD, they have no excuses now-- whatever they release will have to be perfect and able to definitively outperform everything in and out of its class. Though seeing they simply used the ESS ES9018S in their €50,000 HE-1 I'm not so sure we can expect more in the HDVD. 


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There are no new credible updates. However, a dealer named Novo Musica in Zaragoza, Spain is the first retailer to create a product page for the HDVD820: http://www.novomusica.com/tienda/imagen-sonido-profesional/sennheiser-hdvd820-amplificador-dac-auriculares This is unlikely credible and Sennheiser still points to an October 2016 release date. 

 

Considering Sennheriser spent more than one full year redesigning the HDVD, they have no excuses now-- whatever they release will have to be perfect and able to definitively outperform everything in and out of its class. Though seeing they simply used the ESS ES9018S in their €50,000 HE-1 I'm not so sure we can expect more in the HDVD. 

Thanks a lot iDesing for the montly "news feed" :beerchug:  At least every other day I try to find some news myself and i haven't even come cross myself to that Novo Musica's page. 

 

It is important to make sure that the DAC pairs well with the amp-section. The HDVD800 dac's did pair pretty well with the amp-section, the DAC was just simply bad on its own. I don't mind if the DAC is "decent" on its own, if it pairs well with the amp... They can just ad 8-chips in there like the HE-1 did to make it perfect ;)

But you are 100% correct. It has to be perfect. In October 2015 they showed the prototype. If they released in 2016 october, they have had fully functional prototype for over a year.  There really is no excuses.

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