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post #106 of 185

It's impressive that you have the knowledge and skill to DIY mods. If I were you, I'd build myself an M^3, Beta22 or Dynalo for my amp and a y2, or better yet, a Buffalo III for the DAC. It would be a very significant leap from what you're currently using.

 

I say this because I've owned all the high-end sound cards and put in the best components on them. The upgraded STX was the best of them, but it was smacked around by a lowly Musiland 02US and y2 DAC. The Buffalo was easily in a different league from all of these and then the stuff I owned later kept getting better.

 

Where am I now? At a point where I cannot even listen to soundcards. You can poke and prod all you want but there are inherent limitations to them. By the time you get it sounding half-decent, you've spent more money and time than would have gone into just buying a better product.

 

Nothing is perfect. The HD800 certainly isn't and neither is its housing. My point, however, was that it's definitely *not* what's limiting your setup. Leona is a very good material for its purpose and as I said before; if after the major component upgrades you aren't satisfied, you can tackle such mods. Otherwise it's like trying to make a Civic faster by adding a wing to it before upgrading the engine. Focus on what will give you greater gains first.

post #107 of 185
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Well third time's the charm... HD800 have shipped and unless they bounce between Montreal and Vancouver again should hit my door in a week or two.

 

I found an error in my review process that should be favourable to the HD800 but I'll keep that /facepalm to myself :p

post #108 of 185
Your headphone journey is one of the craziest I've seen. smily_headphones1.gif Thats not to take credit away from all the amps you owned as well.

Now that your F3 is on the chopping block and may not be around when the HD800's arrive, what is the amp you'll be running them on?

Are there any amps you wish you had back? WA22, Trafomatic, ...?
post #109 of 185

Solude, don't sell the F3.  have you tried it a pair of FR drivers?

post #110 of 185
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Well third time's the charm... HD800 have shipped and unless they bounce between Montreal and Vancouver again should hit my door in a week or two.

 

I found an error in my review process that should be favourable to the HD800 but I'll keep that /facepalm to myself :p

 

When is the B22 set to arrive?

post #111 of 185
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End of February I think.  As for the F3... send me $1700 and some FR speakers and sure I'll keep it =)  Something has to go.

post #112 of 185
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New 20000+ HD800 came in today and um did Senn make a change?  This pair has honest to goodness attack and bass :O

 

And seriously what'e the trick to getting the cable out?  My replacement isn't in yet but I'm either dumb-founded or weak ;)

post #113 of 185

Stop selling things so quickly tongue.gif. Give them a chance. Nothing's changed, only your impressions my friend.

post #114 of 185
Thread Starter 

Technically source and amp but hey :p

post #115 of 185

Oh yea :)

post #116 of 185
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

New 20000+ HD800 came in today and um did Senn make a change?  This pair has honest to goodness attack and bass :O

And seriously what'e the trick to getting the cable out?  My replacement isn't in yet but I'm either dumb-founded or weak wink.gif
Twist.
post #117 of 185
Thread Starter 

Clock wise?  Counter-clock wise?

post #118 of 185

Don't twist. They pull straight out. It does take a fair bit of effort with brand new ones.

post #119 of 185
They don't twist like a screw, but twisting does help getting them lose. Just sort of rock them back and forth while pulling and it will come out sort of all at once.
post #120 of 185

I never twist, especially because there's a groove that could erode by doing so overtime. Just grip the connectors (not the wire itself) and use some force to pull. They'll pop out.

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