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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by garysan View Post


Have you thought about using a Lehmann Audio BCL (£750) to drive the HD800's?
Doesn't help wi the DAC part of your quandary but I understand that the BCL was part-used to develop the HD800 and certainly is a good a good match for them.
DAC wise, I've heard good things about the Audiolab M-DAC (£599 and thinking of getting one myself actually) and Arcam's rDAC is good at £325.
I'm in UK so not sure what availability for the above brands/models will be like across the pond as I'm assuming you're in the US.

Thanks for the suggestions, but for now I think I'm going to spend a little less than that.  I am going to give the Schiit gear a try.  If I don't like it I don't think it would be too hard to sell and replace with something else.

post #17 of 25
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Just to give an update:

 

I did decide to order the Schiit gear (Bifrost/Lys).  I placed the order on Monday, not sure how long it will take to get here.

 

I bought the HD800's yesterday.  I got an exceptional price from my local dealer, too good to refuse, really. I brought them home and listened to my favorite playlist of lossless tracks streamed from iTunes on my computer through AppleTV to my Integra 40.1 pre/pro.  Even through the pre/pro I was very happy with the sound.  The bass sounded much better than what I was hearing in the store on their setup, and the overall sound was the best I've heard in a while.

 

I have high expectations for the dedicated DAC and headphone amp, but frankly, I'm not sure how much better it can get.  The HD800's sounded great on the Integra.

 

Doc

post #18 of 25

And since your getting a tube amp you can change to tubes and get a different sound, also the tubes in the tube amp should take about 200 hours to burn in.

post #19 of 25

The Bottlehead Crack worked well with my HD800 as did the Lehmann BCL.  However I was not as engaged by the HD800 sound and ended up trading them away for a K1000.  You really can't tell what will work for you until you have heard it for yourself, preferably at home or somewhere where you can listen critically for a long duration of time.

post #20 of 25
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Holy Schiit!  Yes, I've had a few beers at the Rockies game tonight - bummer we lost - but I couldn't let my Bifrost and my Lyr sit in the box until tomorrow.  So here I sit with the wife and kids in bed, with me 5 or 10 beers into my evening (OK, closer to 10) at 1:46 AM listening to my gear with absolutely no burn-in with stock tubes and wondering why I wasted $15k in a home theater system.

 

Of course the answer is that I love movies with the family.  But as far as musical enjoyment goes, I have never heard more enjoyable sound than what I'm hearing now through my iTunes lossless -> Airport Express -> Bifrost -> Lyr (Stock tubes) - HD800's other than live.

 

I can't believe that for less than $2k - yes I got a great deal on the HD800's - that I'm hearing what I'm hearing!

 

Can't imagine what this gear is going to sound like once it is burned in!

 

Doc


Edited by DocPMD - 9/1/12 at 9:41am
post #21 of 25
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Holy Schiit!  Yes, I've had a few beers at the Rockies game tonight - bummer we lost - but I couldn't let my Bifrost and my Lyr sit in the box until tomorrow.  So here I sit with the wife and kids in bed, with me 5 or 10 beers into my evening (OK, closer to 10) at 1:46 AM listening to my gear with absolutely no burn-in with stock tubes and wondering why I wasted $15k in a home theater system.

 

Of course the answer is that I love movies with the family.  But as far as musical enjoyment goes, I have never heard more enjoyable sound than what I'm hearing now through my iTunes lossless -> Airport Express -> Bifrost -> Lyr (Stock tubes) - HD800's other than live.

 

I can't believe that for less than $2k - yes I got a great deal on the HD800's - that I'm hearing what I'm hearing!

 

Can't imagine what this gear is going to sound like once it is burned in!

 

Doc


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post #22 of 25
How's your setup still working for ya?
post #23 of 25
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How's your setup still working for ya?

Still working well. There are times that I think that the bass is lacking, but then I switch over to a decent recording and I change my mind. Part of the problem is that a lot of the stuff that I listen to just wasn't recorded that well.

post #24 of 25

I had the chance to try out some Hifiman HE400's. Definitely one of the most revealing headphones I've ever heard by a long shot. 192kbps mp3's out of my ipod are unbearable. 

 

Have you had any chance(s) to do any tube rolling? I'm interested to see how the sound shapes with different types. The Lyr appears to be really versatile when it comes to tubes it accepts.

 

I know I can look this up elsewhere but what is the size of your Shiit setup? Is it portable enough to be able to throw in a case in a backpack and take it with you? I know I'd be better off with a portable unit or two separate units but for now it'd have to travel with me back and forth to work and/or to my work station at home. Although I could just invest in a Shiit Vali Subminiature and find a smaller DAC since I wont be doing any serious critical listening unless I'm at home at my PC. 

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Originally Posted by DocPMD View Post
 

Still working well. There are times that I think that the bass is lacking, but then I switch over to a decent recording and I change my mind. Part of the problem is that a lot of the stuff that I listen to just wasn't recorded that well.

post #25 of 25
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I have not done any tube rolling - haven't wanted to make the investment and I'm happy enough with my setup.

 

As far as portability goes, although the two pieces are not that big, they are well built (read heavy) and probably are not designed to be transported often. I'm not saying they wouldn't hold up, but if it were me I wouldn't be wanting to lug them back and forth from home to work.

 

But I understand your dilemma, there are many times I wish I had my rig at work with me.

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