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post #91 of 232
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Originally Posted by ariesq View Post
 

I found the DAC in the WA7 on the bright side. Paired with the TH900, the treble was a little too much. Connecting the WA7 (amp) to a dedicated "warm" DAC (JK Ciunas) helped smooth out the treble.

That works!  I can use my Schiit Bifrost Uber and get a Soloist to pair with it (or I can use my Schiit Asgard2).

post #92 of 232

I just received the TH900's yesterday and am already in love with them.  I currently have the Yulong D100 MKII / A100 combo and it sounds great but I know that it can get much better.  I haven't heard anything outside of this setup and used it with my D7000's.  I am kinda sold on the HP-A8 already as it seems like the obvious choice but am not sure if an all-in-one is the best option.  What are other good options <$1200 range? 

 

Also, from reading other threads, I was always under the impression that a high quality DAC would have more noticeable difference than an amp due to the sensitivity.  Is this incorrect?

 

Should I upgrade the amp or dac first or just go straight to the HP-A8 if I settle on that unit?

 

Decisions, decisions.

post #93 of 232
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Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post
 

I just received the TH900's yesterday and am already in love with them.  I currently have the Yulong D100 MKII / A100 combo and it sounds great but I know that it can get much better.  I haven't heard anything outside of this setup and used it with my D7000's.  I am kinda sold on the HP-A8 already as it seems like the obvious choice but am not sure if an all-in-one is the best option.  What are other good options <$1200 range? 

 

Also, from reading other threads, I was always under the impression that a high quality DAC would have more noticeable difference than an amp due to the sensitivity.  Is this incorrect?

 

Should I upgrade the amp or dac first or just go straight to the HP-A8 if I settle on that unit?

 

Decisions, decisions.

 

very particular question to particular needs and also consider future needs.

The hpa8 IS a dac amp, therefore has certain expandable characteristics and power advantages, not to mention two head phone jacks. Consider source as well, the hpa8 has 32 bit capability as well as 192 frequency usb connections as well as sd hd card, opticle connections.....up sampling...   Cant see how dacs would have any advantage other than price, portability,..

Consider the chain of sound. #1 headphone quality and personal preference #2 Amp power, quality, expandability, feel ( warmth etc thus the tubeies out there) #3 source quality, highest bit rate, output.

Of course us head Fi try to max all three money contingent. Personally the A8 does the th900 just fine and cant see much need for anything else at this point.

enjoy the th900.


Edited by Whazzzup - 3/13/14 at 3:58pm
post #94 of 232
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Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post
 

I just received the TH900's yesterday and am already in love with them.  I currently have the Yulong D100 MKII / A100 combo and it sounds great but I know that it can get much better.  I haven't heard anything outside of this setup and used it with my D7000's.  I am kinda sold on the HP-A8 already as it seems like the obvious choice but am not sure if an all-in-one is the best option.  What are other good options <$1200 range? 

 

Also, from reading other threads, I was always under the impression that a high quality DAC would have more noticeable difference than an amp due to the sensitivity.  Is this incorrect?

 

Should I upgrade the amp or dac first or just go straight to the HP-A8 if I settle on that unit?

 

Decisions, decisions.

I've read that the Burson Soloist sounds better than the Foster HP-A8 (by multiple people).

post #95 of 232
Have you listened to the hpa8? I realize specs are not everything but the soloist doesn't measure up to the fostex amp in almost any category, however I guess thats why its important to test for oneself first, before relying on third party analysis. Another qualifier is what does sound better mean?
Good luck I guess everyone has an opinion on what they hear or in this case, read.
post #96 of 232
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Originally Posted by Whazzzup View Post

Have you listened to the hpa8? I realize specs are not everything but the soloist doesn't measure up to the fostex amp in almost any category, however I guess thats why its important to test for oneself first, before relying on third party analysis. Another qualifier is what does sound better mean?
Good luck I guess everyone has an opinion on what they hear or in this case, read.

Good point let me rephrase:

 

I've read a lot of people say they prefer the sound from the Burson Soloist over the Foster HP-A8.

post #97 of 232

I am sure the HP-A8 sounds fantastic with the TH900 as it made to be mated along with it.  I am also sure that, at the price point, there is a lot of stuff that sounds fantastic in conjunction with the TH900 and that it simply comes down to personal preference.  I am not about to toss around $1,500 left and right to figure out which subtle "flavor" I prefer over the other though as it is more about the music for me. 

 

With that said, I am pretty much sold on the HP-A8 as a no-brainer matchup with the TH900.  I am still curious about my other questions though i.e. what shows more influence on the sound with the TH900; amp or dac.

post #98 of 232
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Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post

I am sure the HP-A8 sounds fantastic with the TH900 as it made to be mated along with it.  I am also sure that, at the price point, there is a lot of stuff that sounds fantastic in conjunction with the TH900 and that it simply comes down to personal preference.  I am not about to toss around $1,500 left and right to figure out which subtle "flavor" I prefer over the other though as it is more about the music for me. 

With that said, I am pretty much sold on the HP-A8 as a no-brainer matchup with the TH900.  I am still curious about my other questions though i.e. what shows more influence on the sound with the TH900; amp or dac.

I am currently saving up for the TH900 and have been reading reviews constantly and i can tell you every reviewer has preferred the bakoon or soloist/conductor over the a8 but i wish you the best of luck with your decision. I suggest you checkout headfonia's review and many more on this forum for more info.
post #99 of 232
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Originally Posted by Whazzzup View Post

I realize specs are not everything but the soloist doesn't measure up to the fostex amp in almost any category.

The Soloist does have a lot more power (in case he buys an ortho later on) and much more positive feedback from reviews both on the net and on this forum. Also on the TH900 thread the fostex amp doesn't get much praise. I was merely trying pass on some knowledge to a fellow head-fi'r.
post #100 of 232
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Originally Posted by KBerube80 View Post

I am sure the HP-A8 sounds fantastic with the TH900 as it made to be mated along with it.  I am also sure that, at the price point, there is a lot of stuff that sounds fantastic in conjunction with the TH900 and that it simply comes down to personal preference.  I am not about to toss around $1,500 left and right to figure out which subtle "flavor" I prefer over the other though as it is more about the music for me. 

With that said, I am pretty much sold on the HP-A8 as a no-brainer matchup with the TH900.  I am still curious about my other questions though i.e. what shows more influence on the sound with the TH900; amp or dac.
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post #101 of 232
Hey whatever, lots of choices, I'd double check headphoneia as a review. For one they love hpa8 and th900 match up, second other reviews may be more, how do you say, objective. Lastly the specs are clear on the hpa8 is more powerful, but I do get that the sound is more relative in what one prefers. These dacs are very good, but I would suggest as someone who owns a th900 and an hpa8 that you may differ what others may say to what you listen to and what you say about that. I have read great reviews on amps in the 5 to 10 grand range as well, however holding to 1500 dollar limit there are lots of great choices.
post #102 of 232
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post #103 of 232
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Originally Posted by Whazzzup View Post

Hey whatever, lots of choices, I'd double check headphoneia as a review. For one they love hpa8 and th900 match up, second other reviews may be more, how do you say, objective. Lastly the specs are clear on the hpa8 is more powerful, but I do get that the sound is more relative in what one prefers. These dacs are very good, but I would suggest as someone who owns a th900 and an hpa8 that you may differ what others may say to what you listen to and what you say about that. I have read great reviews on amps in the 5 to 10 grand range as well, however holding to 1500 dollar limit there are lots of great choices.

Actually the Soloist is much more powerful (taken from each's website):

 

Fostex:  Max Output:    700mW (32-ohm loaded)

Burson:  4W at 16 Ohms  (one can deduce from this that at 32ohms it will still be greater than 700mW)

 

The Soloist doesn't have a DAC on it either (the Conductor does though).  Here's a comment from the TH900 review, from Mike of Headfonia (http://www.headfonia.com/fostex-th900-and-th600/2/):

 

"Yeah I thought the A8 internal amp is just okay with the TH900."

 

I am, however, very jealous that you have the TH900 though and I am, in no way, saying that the HP-A8 pairs poorly with the TH900.  Time to get back to saving for my precious :D

 

**Added** I do think it's really neat that it has two headphone jacks.


Edited by Byrnie - 3/14/14 at 7:28pm
post #104 of 232
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Originally Posted by Byrnie View Post

I've read that the Burson Soloist sounds better than the Foster HP-A8 (by multiple people).
I currently have burson soloist sl and conductor....I can only hear the difference slightly with conductor....May I also add that this is out of a C4 though, which it's a great match already. If I added more hardware it would have to add more weight and texture to the midrange and at the same time add nothing but control to bass and treble, to create an improvement....I haven't heard a recommendation for this yet?!
Edited by deafanddumb - 3/17/14 at 7:42am
post #105 of 232
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Originally Posted by deafanddumb View Post


I currently have burson soloist sl and conductor....I can only hear the difference slightly with conductor....May I also add that this is out of a C4 though, which it's a great match already. If I added more hardware it would have to add more weight and texture to the midrange and at the same time add nothing but control to bass and treble, to create an improvement....I haven't heard a recommendation for this yet?!

Just to clarify, you're comparing the conductor to the soloist, correct? or both burson products to the Fostex HP-A8?

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