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post #466 of 1025
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

No it will not get closed now because the misunderstanding has been corrected by Woo, and my eyesight. :tongue:

 

Back on topic....

Has anyone tried the HD-800 off speaker taps?

:popcorn: 

I have with the Emotiva MiniX and so has koiloco. Though to be honest, my time spent was almost entirely done with the Quickie as the preamp. I did try briefly just the Emotiva, but it didn't sound as good, so I didn't keep that setup going for long. The Quickie + Emotiva sounded better than the Crack for the HD800 to me, which was surprising. However, I was recently encouraged to try Quickie + Crack by people from the Bottlehead forums. At first I had my reservations since I've never heard of preamping a headphone amp, but once I plugged it in, it sounded even better than Quickie + Emotiva. So ultimately, the Emotiva was not as good as the Crack. It was just the Quickie doing all the job in both setups, imo. You can see a far more in-depth post on this here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/650510/the-new-hd800-appreciation-thread/7140#post_10121352


Edited by Sonido - 1/1/14 at 9:24pm
post #467 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post


PICK ME PICK ME.

No, but seriously. It doesn't sound all that great, worse actually. And it's ear splitting.

Yeah, I found the same results too. Boo!

 

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We ar win the process of updating the website and its been a little slower than we want but we will update all the specifications when the new site is done.

OK, thank you for taking the time to explain, and acknowledging the specs need a better clarification.

post #468 of 1025

I wouldn't recommend it but I have heard the HD800 off speaker taps. However that was on a First Watt F3 clone which isn't exactly the most powerful amp. It sounded very good however. When I had the emotiva mini X amp I didn't want to try it with the HD800.

post #469 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

I have with the Emotiva MiniX and so has koiloco. Though to be honest, my time spent was almost entirely done with the Quickie as the preamp. I did try briefly just the Emotiva, but it didn't sound as good, so I didn't keep that setup going for long. The Quickie + Emotiva sounded better than the Crack for the HD800 to me, which was surprising. However, I was recently encouraged to try Quickie + Crack by people from the Bottlehead forums. At first I had my reservations since I've never heard of preamping a headphone amp, but once I plugged it in, it sounded even better than Quickie + Emotiva. So ultimately, the Emotiva was not as good as the Crack. It was just the Quickie doing all the job in both setups, imo. You can see a far more in-depth post on this here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/650510/the-new-hd800-appreciation-thread/7140#post_10121352

I used a LDR-based preamp with my Crack and it was great! Keep in mind though that my Crack is pretty much a cost-no-object concept (not stock).

post #470 of 1025
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Originally Posted by K-Otar View Post
 

 

Awesome! I would trade my HE-500 with your HD800. ;)

I have both HE500 and HD800 and know exactly how they are stacking up against each other.  But thx for the offer though.  It's very generous of you! :p

post #471 of 1025

This thread is not going anywhere productively in my book.  

All I will say is that personally I have both HE500 and HD800 and the amps I am driving these 2 HPs with could be considered pretty optimal. The HD800 and HE500 are quite close together in SQ to not be considered to be in the same league.  HD800 is a touch better in details/soundstage/imaging, but not really by much.  For me, the HE500 is the all rounder cuz of its forgiving nature while the HD800 is brutally accurate and unforgiving.  They each have equal purpose/usage in my stable.

 

I officially bow out from the thread.  Too much smoke and $ related thinking/reasoning/imagination for me.  Peace out.

post #472 of 1025
Haha, I would never trade my HE-500 for an HD800 or an HE-6. I would trade it for an LCD-3, so I could buy another HE-500 and use the extra money on something else...heh.
post #473 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

Haha, I would never trade my HE-500 for an HD800 or an HE-6. I would trade it for an LCD-3, so I could buy another HE-500 and use the extra money on something else...heh.

 

Who knows maybe you find someone to trade, but please let me know if you decide to keep both of the HE-500s. ;)

post #474 of 1025
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

No it will not get closed now because the misunderstanding has been corrected by Woo (still confusing on their website though), and my eyesight. :tongue:

 

Back on topic....

Has anyone tried the HD-800 off speaker taps?

:popcorn: 

I use a heavily upgraded McIntosh MC225 with both my HE6 and HD800. It's absolutely fantastic.

 

For the record, the HE500 sound a bit sloppy in comparison on it.

post #475 of 1025
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

I have both HE500 and HD800 and know exactly how they are stacking up against each other.  But thx for the offer though.  It's very generous of you! :p

 

I also have an HD580, if you want to consider for trade. ;)

post #476 of 1025
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Originally Posted by K-Otar View Post
 

 

I also have an HD580, if you want to consider for trade. ;)

 

I don't know why you want to get rid of your both headphones.  

post #477 of 1025
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post
 

I use a heavily upgraded McIntosh MC225 with both my HE6 and HD800. It's absolutely fantastic.

 

For the record, the HE500 sound a bit sloppy in comparison on it.

+1

 

When it comes down to it.  That's where the HE-500 take a back seat to the other TOTL cans.  The bass can be sloppy at times and the treble area can be off at times.  While the bass and the treble of the HE-6 is more refined.  Why else would it be the companies Flagship headphone?

 

The mids on the HE-500s are to die for with some music.  

post #478 of 1025
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

+1

 

When it comes down to it.  That's where the HE-500 take a back seat to the other TOTL cans.  The bass can be sloppy at times and the treble area can be off at times.  While the bass and the treble of the HE-6 is more refined.  Why else would it be the companies Flagship headphone?

 

The mids on the HE-500s are to die for with some music.  

 

I'd never use the word "Sloppy" to ever describe the HE-500's bass, on a speaker amplifier or headphone amplifier.

post #479 of 1025
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

 

I'd never use the word "Sloppy" to ever describe the HE-500's bass, on a speaker amplifier or headphone amplifier.

+1 Sloppy? No way.

post #480 of 1025

Don't be confused.  I'm not saying it has sloppy bass.  I'm saying if you compared it to more refined bass, it's relatively sloppy only in comparison.

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