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post #2356 of 5263
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Originally Posted by Ali-Pacha View Post

Happy owner of a head'n'hifi O2 amp, paired with my HD600. Natural and relaxing sound.

Ali

The HD600 may well be my next pair of headphones. I'm glad you're enjoying it.
post #2357 of 5263
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The HD600 may well be my next pair of headphones. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

Kinda relief after some Stax SR-009 "details overdose" sessions :D

 

Ali

post #2358 of 5263
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Kinda relief after some Stax SR-009 "details overdose" sessions biggrin.gif

Ali

How do you find the stax? I'm tempted but I do love the 800s and 600s .
post #2359 of 5263
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Kinda relief after some Stax SR-009 "details overdose" sessions biggrin.gif

Ali

Yeah, that must be annoying.
post #2360 of 5263

SR-009 are a kind of "everything / everywhere" tool. Extension, details, dynamics, clarity, bass slam, magnificent decay, speedy gonzales transients, and so on. On the other hand, SR-Lambda and SR-5 are vintage mids cans (and I love them this way).

With the O2, HD600 have a good level of transparency, they keep this so special low-mids emphasis, and also this 130 hz bump. Maybe a bit veiled, but the O2 gives them enough clarity / neutrality to fight this Sennheiser trend.

Summary : O2 is the amp to get for stat's head when they go dynamics :biggrin:

 

Ali

post #2361 of 5263
How would you compare hd800 with sr009? I find the 800s with O2 do all the things you list . Is it next level or just different flavour?
post #2362 of 5263
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How would you compare hd800 with sr009? I find the 800s with O2 do all the things you list . Is it next level or just different flavour?
STAX headphones have a unique sound. They have treble, but it's really smooth and effortless. The HD800 sounds a bit grainy in comparison from what I've listened to.
post #2363 of 5263
The hd600 / O2 combo definitely suits my taste more than any other combo for the majority of music , although given the right recordings the hd800 /O2 has the edge.
post #2364 of 5263
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STAX headphones have a unique sound. They have treble, but it's really smooth and effortless. The HD800 sounds a bit grainy in comparison from what I've listened to.

I sometimes find the 800s treble elevated but I don't hear 'grainy' . I think I need to hear stax for reference so I can understand .
post #2365 of 5263

Unfortunately, I've never heard HD800. From what I've read, they are kind of merciless cans, amazing with a good amp, but sometimes cold and edgy compared to stat's smoothness.

I think stats are fundamentally a different flavour : the music is just there, sometimes with a kind of ethereal presentation, and amazing extension. When you go back to dynamics, the sound has more thickness and impact, but also a kind of laziness / sluggish presentation.

I do like the O2 amp (don't we forget the thread ! :biggrin:) because it brings more air to my HD600...even if it doesn't convert a dynamic into an estat.


Ali

post #2366 of 5263
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Originally Posted by Ali-Pacha View Post

Unfortunately, I've never heard HD800. From what I've read, they are kind of merciless cans, amazing with a good amp, but sometimes cold and edgy compared to stat's smoothness.
I think stats are fundamentally a different flavour : the music is just there, sometimes with a kind of ethereal presentation, and amazing extension. When you go back to dynamics, the sound has more thickness and impact, but also a kind of laziness / sluggish presentation.
I do like the O2 amp (don't we forget the thread ! biggrin.gif ) because it brings more air to my HD600...even if it doesn't convert a dynamic into an estat.

Ali
Thanks for taking the time to describe the difference. It backs up what I thought . Im very intrigued . My wallet is shaking in fear!
post #2367 of 5263
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Thanks for taking the time to describe the difference. It backs up what I thought . Im very intrigued . My wallet is shaking in fear!

I would agree but my wallet's been missing since 1998.
post #2368 of 5263
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No worries mate. I have no intention of spending money unless it is absolutely necessary. This is why I've chosen to go with the ODAC and O2 in the first place. It's going to be hooked up to my Mac mini and two external drives so the whole thing will be relatively small and cheap, yet still providing quality sound.

Does the O2 get particularly hot in operation?

 

I have had my O2/ODAC on for about two weeks. No problems here.

post #2369 of 5263
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I have had my O2/ODAC on for about two weeks. No problems here.

Thanks.
post #2370 of 5263
I received my ODAC XL & O2 this morning. They are tiny! I somehow wasn't prepared for that. Anyway, I hooked it all up via USB 3 to my Mac mini, selected "ODAC" in Sound Preferences and it's working perfectly with no problems at all. Whatever problems others were having previously when connecting via USB 3 seem to have been fixed. Music plays with no stuttering or pops & clicks. I'll be back later with an early assessment of the sound but for now I'm off to listen to some music. Here's what I'll be reviewing...

http://www.headnhifi.com/dac/odac-xl-version

http://www.headnhifi.com/amplifiers/desktop-headphone-amplifiers/O2-desktop-amplifier

Main headphones will be bass-modded AKG Q701's and V-Moda M100 XL's.
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