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post #1456 of 2057
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Really? To me, it was so blatantly bad when compared to the Lyr. What about the A2 did you like with the HD 700?

I'll tell you why I liked the A2. The main complaints heard about the HD700 is: a) some harsh highs b) lacking bass. I tend to agree with that...with the wrong equipment. When I first got the HD700s I picked them up at the post office on my way to work, so I only had my X3, and E12 in my car. I tried the HD700s on both of them and thought they sounded awful: highs were extremely harsh, and the bass and overall sound was just very thin. When I got to my office, I plugged them into my E9, and they sounded a little better, but I was still feeling big time let down by the 700s.

 

I go home and try them on the Oppo 105's direct headphone jack, and they sounded good, but not worth their price. Now keep in mind, I've used the HD650s on all these devices and they have always sounded fine. In fact, I had used the HD650+E9+"whatever source I preferred" combo for over 2 years, with really no complaints, and completely loving it. The HD700s just did not sound great on any of these devices. FInally, I saved the best for last and I plug them into the A2. Now things were beginning to get better: the highs were starting to get tamed, and the the overall sound was starting to fill out, after a few more weeks of break in and use with the A2, the headphones were really starting to shine. When I added the UberBifrost to the mix, it was over: the cans were truly spectacular.

 

I don't know how how the HD700s perform with the Lyr+Uberfrost, they might well be better, but I do know that for me the HD700s didn't start to shine until they got to the A2. I have no first hand experiance with the Lyr, but from what I've read on Head-Fi, the A2 is actually the 'warmest' of the 3 mid-level Schiit amps, and that is exactly what (I think) the HD700s need: a warm amp to tame the highs and fill in the sound and give the bass a little more thump. Of course, the idea that the A2 is warmer than the Lyr is purely hearsay for me, and you would know better than me about that since you've had first hand experience with both amps and the HD700

post #1457 of 2057
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Originally Posted by BruinAnteater View Post
 

I'll tell you why I liked the A2. The main complaints heard about the HD700 is: a) some harsh highs b) lacking bass. I tend to agree with that...with the wrong equipment. When I first got the HD700s I picked them up at the post office on my way to work, so I only had my X3, and E12 in my car. I tried the HD700s on both of them and thought they sounded awful: highs were extremely harsh, and the bass and overall sound was just very thin. When I got to my office, I plugged them into my E9, and they sounded a little better, but I was still feeling big time let down by the 700s.

 

I go home and try them on the Oppo 105's direct headphone jack, and they sounded good, but not worth their price. Now keep in mind, I've used the HD650s on all these devices and they have always sounded fine. In fact, I had used the HD650+E9+"whatever source I preferred" combo for over 2 years, with really no complaints, and completely loving it. The HD700s just did not sound great on any of these devices. FInally, I saved the best for last and I plug them into the A2. Now things were beginning to get better: the highs were starting to get tamed, and the the overall sound was starting to fill out, after a few more weeks of break in and use with the A2, the headphones were really starting to shine. When I added the UberBifrost to the mix, it was over: the cans were truly spectacular.

 

I don't know how how the HD700s perform with the Lyr+Uberfrost, they might well be better, but I do know that for me the HD700s didn't start to shine until they got to the A2. I have no first hand experiance with the Lyr, but from what I've read on Head-Fi, the A2 is actually the 'warmest' of the 3 mid-level Schiit amps, and that is exactly what (I think) the HD700s need: a warm amp to tame the highs and fill in the sound and give the bass a little more thump. Of course, the idea that the A2 is warmer than the Lyr is purely hearsay for me, and you would know better than me about that since you've had first hand experience with both amps and the HD700

 

The true is the Lyr is the 'warmest' and A2 is the 'brightest' of the three mid-level Schiit amps. 

post #1458 of 2057

HD700 brilliantly paired with TEAC UD-501's own amp. The best sound of HD700 I've ever heard. DSD and hi-res content.

post #1459 of 2057

Hi guys. I just picked these up.

 

I'm looking in to buying a custom cable and I was wondering if I should go with OCC Copper, Silver Plated OCC copper, or silver.

 

The reason why I ask is because on certain headphones like Ultrasone Pro 900, I personally like silver plated OCC copper better than OCC Copper or silver, in terms of sound. I suppose for some headphones it depends.

 

I listen to EDM on my Pro 900 which has strong bass. The HD700 will be used for positional audio ("imaging") in FPS games as well as some vocal/bassy music.

post #1460 of 2057
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Originally Posted by Scorpion667 View Post
 

Hi guys. I just picked these up.

 

I'm looking in to buying a custom cable and I was wondering if I should go with OCC Copper, Silver Plated OCC copper, or silver.

 

The reason why I ask is because on certain headphones like Ultrasone Pro 900, I personally like silver plated OCC copper better than OCC Copper or silver, in terms of sound. I suppose for some headphones it depends.

 

I listen to EDM on my Pro 900 which has strong bass. The HD700 will be used for positional audio ("imaging") in FPS games as well as some vocal/bassy music.

 

I would go for OCC Copper for the HD700.

post #1461 of 2057
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

I would go for OCC Copper for the HD700.


You're the second person to suggest this, perfect! Thank you kindly.

post #1462 of 2057
Anyone know of any good dac and amp combo in one box for these headphones? Also is it possible to buy new pads somewhere?
post #1463 of 2057
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Originally Posted by Nitrius View Post

Anyone know of any good dac and amp combo in one box for these headphones? Also is it possible to buy new pads somewhere?
Probably WA7 or HDVD800 but I recommend against amp/DAC combos. Usually one component is weaker (the DAC in the case of both those two I mentioned are $200 DACs) than the other and you end up upgrading one and part of the combo is unused and not sellable.
post #1464 of 2057
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Originally Posted by Nitrius View Post

Anyone know of any good dac and amp combo in one box for these headphones? Also is it possible to buy new pads somewhere?

What's your budget?

post #1465 of 2057
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Originally Posted by Nitrius View Post

Anyone know of any good dac and amp combo in one box for these headphones? Also is it possible to buy new pads somewhere?

I would go with O2+Odac any day. I also very much like Musical Fidelity's M1HPAP which unfortunately costs a lot more. 

post #1466 of 2057

Question for everyone. The guys in the HD 800 thread are raving about the Matrix M-stage as a great entry level integrated amp/DAC that pairs extremely well with the HD 800. There's a line of thinking out there that what pairs well with the HD 800 pairs well with the HD700. What are people's thoughts on the Matrix M-stage for the HD 700?

post #1467 of 2057
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

What's your budget?

Around 600dollar maybe? Also if you have good suggestions for standalone dac and amp, feel free to suggest them, only reason i mentioned a all in one box is because i wanted to keep it as clean as possible, less boxes on the table :P

Edit: Am from Norway btw, so i guess i would have to order from other countries as there isn't a big selection of amps/dacs here in stores. And that O2+ODAC does look nice i must say, doesn't look to be big either.
Edited by Nitrius - 3/5/14 at 12:12pm
post #1468 of 2057
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Question for everyone. The guys in the HD 800 thread are raving about the Matrix M-stage as a great entry level integrated amp/DAC that pairs extremely well with the HD 800. There's a line of thinking out there that what pairs well with the HD 800 pairs well with the HD700. What are people's thoughts on the Matrix M-stage for the HD 700?

 

I heard the M-stage/HD700 pair but "I" preferred the Lyr over M-stage for the HD700. To me the M-stage was at the same level of the Asgard 2 for the HD700.

post #1469 of 2057
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

I heard the M-stage/HD700 pair but "I" preferred the Lyr over M-stage for the HD700. To me the M-stage was at the same level of the Asgard 2 for the HD700.

And just for understanding some context, do you like the A2 and HD 700 pairing?

post #1470 of 2057
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

And just for understanding some context, do you like the A2 and HD 700 pairing?

 

I like the Lyr more than the A2 for the HD700.  In overall I think the Sennheiser's hps pair better with tube amps. 

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