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post #991 of 1014
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Originally Posted by wgkwgk View Post
 

 +1.  Also, Stan's message in his signature suggests a valid perspective--IMHO.

+1 I'll have to agree with you. :regular_smile : 

post #992 of 1014

I have a WA5-LE.  Should I use high or low port for my HD800?

post #993 of 1014

Got a brand new HD800 today.  Thought with only 2 hrs. burn in they sound very good.  Even at

this time they sound quite a bit better than my 3 year old HE500s not to mention the comfort

difference... 

 

And they already make my AH-D2000s sound kinda primitive for lack of a better description.

post #994 of 1014

Hi

 

Which headphone would you use for this setup?

 

Amp Auralic Taurus MKII

DAC Auralic VEGA

 

Now listening with the lcd3.

 

HD800 vs HE500

 

Listening mostly to female musicians (Birdy, Lana del Rey)

post #995 of 1014

The HD-800 because I don't own a HE-500

post #996 of 1014
Exact opposite for me.
I prefer the sound signature of the HE-500 any day over the HD800.
Kept the HD800 2 weeks, burned them in, tried different amps, cables, sources, but never could get past their peak around 6khz.
Very annoying peak to my ears.
Wound up returning them.
Edited by daltonlanny - 4/6/15 at 9:43am
post #997 of 1014

Should have done the anax mod.

post #998 of 1014

Just returned the HD800.  Really liked the headphones - comfort & sound they clearly are better to me that my old HE-500s but... they simply didn't sound & feel on my head twice the price & then some, better.  I bought the HE-500s right after their price went down to $699 or whatever & let me tell you that their worth every bit of that.  

 

The HD800s are great!!! But to me they weren't that much more comfortable other than the weight & had the well documented lack of base (which to me is slight, but does exist & somewhat track dependent).  I had no problem with their treble.  To me, the most true thing about them that Ive read on this site is their exposing bad recordings.  This is very true.  With a good recording, with my tube rolled Lyr & Bifrost I clearly understand what all the talk is about, but to me it simply came down to in my ears & opinion, the HD800 didn't earn their keep. YMMV

post #999 of 1014
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Originally Posted by shempster View Post
 

Just returned the HD800.  Really liked the headphones - comfort & sound they clearly are better to me that my old HE-500s but... they simply didn't sound & feel on my head twice the price & then some, better.  I bought the HE-500s right after their price went down to $699 or whatever & let me tell you that their worth every bit of that.  

 

The HD800s are great!!! But to me they weren't that much more comfortable other than the weight & had the well documented lack of base (which to me is slight, but does exist & somewhat track dependent).  I had no problem with their treble.  To me, the most true thing about them that Ive read on this site is their exposing bad recordings.  This is very true.  With a good recording, with my tube rolled Lyr & Bifrost I clearly understand what all the talk is about, but to me it simply came down to in my ears & opinion, the HD800 didn't earn their keep. YMMV

 

You have to give them the tools to excel.  A Lyr and a Bifrost does not do it.. But if you're not willing to - I guess you're right..

post #1000 of 1014
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

You have to give them the tools to excel.  A Lyr and a Bifrost does not do it.. But if you're not willing to - I guess you're right..

 

"But to me they weren't that much more comfortable other than the weight & had the well documented lack of base (which to me is slight, but does exist & somewhat track dependent).  I had no problem with their treble.  To me, the most true thing about them that I've read on this site is their exposing bad recordings."

 

I think it's just more his source files from what he is saying. why do you think the Lyr & Bifrost isn't a good pairing for the HD800?

post #1001 of 1014

Well, after you've heard a fair amount of pairings, different gears start taking a back seat to others.  The Lyr / Bifrost (I have not heard them together) on their own is something I would not think of getting to pair with the HD800s.  First off the Lyr was made primarily to pair with orthos (sounds good with some of those) and is a bright sounding amp to me.   The Bifrost was not a DAC I liked at all..  Just one mans opinion YMMV..

 

I have not heard any of the ubers or the second comings..


Edited by preproman - 4/18/15 at 2:48pm
post #1002 of 1014
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

Well, after you've heard a fair amount of pairings, different gears start taking a back seat to others.  The Lyr / Bifrost (I have not heard them together) on their own is something I would not think of getting to pair with the HD800s.  First off the Lyr was made primarily to pair with orthos (sounds good with some of those) and is a bright sounding amp to me.   The Bifrost was not a DAC I liked at all..  Just one mans opinion YMMV..

 

I have not heard any of the ubers or the second comings..

The Lyr/Bifrost obviously wouldn't be my 1st choice for the HD800, however its what I have.  There are some here that think the Lyr with good tubes (which I have) is well above its weight - even with the HD800.

 

To me some tracks sounded great with the HD800 - easily besting my HE-500.  The vast majority sounded comparable to somewhat better that the HE-500 & some sounded dull & lifeless.  The tracks were all over the board in type, bit rate & music genres.  Several lowly 128 mp3s sounded great on the HD800.

 

I'm just posting my results here.  Other than being very slightly bass lite & way over priced in my opinion, I loved the HD800, even with my lowly Lyr/Bifrost. 

post #1003 of 1014

You pay the money - you get the quality.

post #1004 of 1014
They can sound good out of that combo but they do fall behind better setups. I do like both units and they are both capable at their respective price ranges but something like the hd800 can do better.
post #1005 of 1014

IMO Synergy and Pairing are often misused and overrated terms, great for marketing. Headphones make the greatest difference and most electronics far exceed our human perceptual limitations other than our highly active imaginations.:popcorn:

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