Originally Posted by Mambosenior
I have had no hiss or distortion with the HD-800 or HE-5LE using the speaker amp. I am convinced now that the HD-800, in particular, thrives with the added power and beefy power supply of the speaker amp.
Considering that more-than-decent speaker amps are available for under (some well under) $1000, it's puzzling that more folks haven't gone this direction. Any fears are entirely unfounded as has been discussed here and in other threads.
Interesting point, Mambosenior, but my experience in life is that most folks go with the mainstream, what the press says, and now in modern times, what the internet forums say. Most folks don't "break the rules" Speaker amps for speakers, headphone amps for headphones. Follow what the reviewers say. Follow the dogma: electrostatics sound like this, dynamics like that, and planar magnetics like so and so. Everything in its box. To think any further takes effort, and may involve risk, in folks' minds. I'm not making fun of people, it's just sociology.
And there is some element of risk, to be fair, if you don't know what you are doing and plug in a high efficiency headphone directly into a speaker amp and turn it up to where you play your speakers.
I won't go so far as to say this site is only interested in selling gear. I would say that about magazines though! That's their living, get people reading so circulation is up, and stressing the new products is the way to get readers excited,even if it means exaggerating and raving the mediocre. Then, with good subscription numbers advertising rates are higher, and you can play ball with those whose products you rave and get lots of advertising dollars.
I'm not going to be on any mission to get folks to go the speaker amp route, there's nothing in it for me other than being happy I helped folks get better sound, in the cases it works well, such as yours. We can just be happy we tried it and are enjoying better sound than we had. I would have sold my HD800 if I did not find a way to get lower distortion/stridency.