I myself would like an answer
Axell Grell said that the balanced sounds better and i agree with him
After about 20h of listening of my new HDVD800 + HD800 I can just say,
Is it really possible that music can sound this way?!?!?
I tried my old HD650 and those was really good before in my ears. now i think they sound really booring and closed.
Im more than happy for the HDVD800 and HD800!
I drive them threw the usb port atm.
Waiting for my 4pin xlr to change to balanced
What headphone amp did you use before the Sennheiser? Did the HD650 sound remarkably better with the Sennheiser amp than the old one? (even if not as good as the HD800).
I am asking because I have plans to get the Sennheser amp but keep my HD650...
What other amps do you have?
It hurts me to say this because the product is very well built and pretty, but I was a bit disappointed in the amps (more so the HDVD vs the HDVA) and I was working for Senn at a audio expo trying to sell them...
I got to play around with the HDVD800 and HDVA600 at the Senn booth at the SSI in Montreal today; It reminds me a lot of the BHA-1 and mjolnir/gungnir combo; but of course there is no head to head comparison. They're on preorder for 2200$ taxes included and 1650$ taxes included respectively for the weekend audio show. I believe they ship in less than 4 weeks.
Do you know the ETA of the HDVD 800 in Canada yet?
I think it's comparable in sound to the Mjolnir and BHA-1, possibly neck-in-neck/ slightly better than the Mjolnir and inferior to the Bryston. I wouldn't compare it to many other tube amps I've tried as they generally synergize better with the HD800 (Super7, DNA Stratus, Zana Deux, Woo's like wa22, and other super high ends like the balancing act/ cavalli and whatnot. I personally have my well updated and tweaked McIntosh which sounds better than most if not all the amps listed, and it cost me around 1500$.
The HDVA600 is actually a good buy if you have extra budget to get an external dac; but the HDVD800 is reasonable if you want something all-in-one and not cumbersome. I actually preferred the Senn amps' pairings with the LCD3 to the HD800 (the HD800 is still better than the LCD3 in my opinion).
It was for pre-order at the time. For Quebec (mind you Sennheiser Canada is based there), they said expected to ship in late May maybe even June. I don't know, I don't work for Sennheiser in any way; I'm just a saleperson at a Hi-Fi shop and had the opportunity to represent them at an audio Expo.
I was using a Harmony Design Ear 90 Balanced to my hd650 ( a swedish company who make amps, about half the cost of HDVD800
As mentioned in my earlier post, Woo Audio WA5-LE and SPL Phonitor were currently my active amps with RME ADI-2 and Benchmark DAC1, besides other amps that are already sitting in my closet. BTW I did not know that my IE 800 would even sound that good until I tried them last night for a 4 hour listening span.
really !! that is good news for me as I also own a pair -how did it affect the sound signature ?
Also previously you posted that this amp blew away your others to dust and you own a Lehman BCL which i also own so your impressions are of great interest to me. In what way was the HDVD800 way better than the BCL ? Was it clarity ? I like the BCl but I feel it could be better in clarity and detail -
Any further details would be much appreciated
Sorry if that question have been asked before but do you happen to know where we can buy that balanced cable from sennheiser shown on the picture?
I just can't find any information on the web about it.