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post #10051 of 24295

Received my FR cert today.

What do you guys think?

It sounds pretty bassy to me when everyone said they have weak bass..

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post #10052 of 24295
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My Sonett2 is ordered but not received yet. It shoud leave the US very soon now.

I'll be interested to read your review.
post #10053 of 24295
Anybody compared Sonett 2 to EC Super 7 with HD800?
I tried to search the forum, but it seems that every discussion quickly turned into BA, Zana Deux and Stratus comparison.
post #10054 of 24295
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Originally Posted by jrprana View Post

Anybody compared Sonett 2 to EC Super 7 with HD800?
I tried to search the forum, but it seems that every discussion quickly turned into BA, Zana Deux and Stratus comparison.

 

 

in a perfect world, i would be able to give you my point of vue next monday after a promising two days meeting here in France but unfortunately, we live in the real world : My Sonnet 2 is not ready and a friend's EC S7 needs to go to be repaired.  :D .  I'll have to wait a few more month before having the two amp together on the same table. :rolleyes:

post #10055 of 24295
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I posted on the last page the tubes were CBS Hytron 12SN7GT. Saying it had a large soundstage is an understatement. It wasn't a mere 20-30% increase in soundstage. It was closer to a 200-300% difference. Like I said, it made your normal recordings sound binaural.

 

I bet that it extends in height too, am i right?

post #10056 of 24295
Nice! More people with the sonett 2, tdk it is. How long you have to wait for the completion of sonett 2?
post #10057 of 24295

Are there any serious competitors for the HD800 recently?  I've been out of the 'game' for awhile and I'm curious if there's anything better out.  Same goes for my amplifier:EC Balancing Act.

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Nice! More people with the sonett 2, tdk it is. How long you have to wait for the completion of sonett 2?

 

I've ordered mine and paid the Deposit 6 weeks ago. I think you can reasonnably expect to get your Sonnett at your home 2 month after ordering.

post #10059 of 24295
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Are there any serious competitors for the HD800 recently?  I've been out of the 'game' for awhile and I'm curious if there's anything better out.  Same goes for my amplifier:EC Balancing Act.


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Originally Posted by Jarmel View Post
 

Are there any serious competitors for the HD800 recently?  I've been out of the 'game' for awhile and I'm curious if there's anything better out.  Same goes for my amplifier:EC Balancing Act.

 

Nope, not really. Unless you are looking for a different flavor (stax, orthos).

 

For dynamics you could give the new AKG K812 a shot. It retains alot of the things that make HD800 enjoyable (soundstage, speed, bass impact, good detail extraction) while having a much richer, fuller midrange, albeit more colored. This makes the K812 a very attractive alternative for those who prefer vocals or small ensemble jazz/strings. Another important thing to note is that the K812 is much easier to "get right" in terms of amp and source while the 800 is much more demanding (both sound great on the BA with 300b's).

The downside is the K812 loses spectacularly in terms of transparency and raw details, and the amount of sub-bass might be a bit much for people who are used to the HD800. It also does not scale as high as the 800.

 

EC also has a new amp out, the 4*2a3. I'd find a chance to audition one as it is said to be a significant step up in some areas compared to the BA (w/ the 800s). The BA also has new transformers, and rumor is the the 4*2a3 will be getting new ones as well.

post #10061 of 24295
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Originally Posted by Blasyrkh View Post

I bet that it extends in height too, am i right?
To be honest I was just thrown off by the way the sound peeled off into a new dimension in depth. I can't say I got to analyze much of anything else. I was just that shocked and awed. But next time I get an opportunity to hear it I'll definitely take a more holistic approach to it.
post #10062 of 24295

I hate to be "that guy" but I need to just toss a question out there:

 

My end-goal is to step from the HD650 to the HD800. I'm really interested in getting either the Schiit Asgard 2 or Lyr. (A) I like the company and have had good experiences with them, (B) they're a great bang for the buck and (C) I need a preamp built-in. Between the A2 and Lyr, which would be best suited to drive the HD800? I'll be sourcing with the ÜberFrost.

 

Thanks for the help!

post #10063 of 24295
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Originally Posted by jchandler3 View Post

I hate to be "that guy" but I need to just toss a question out there:

My end-goal is to step from the HD650 to the HD800. I'm really interested in getting either the Schiit Asgard 2 or Lyr. (A) I like the company and have had good experiences with them, (B) they're a great bang for the buck and (C) I need a preamp built-in. Between the A2 and Lyr, which would be best suited to drive the HD800? I'll be sourcing with the ÜberFrost.

Thanks for the help!

Why not consider the Valhalla? It is an OTL, all tube which is a good match for higher impedance phones.
post #10064 of 24295
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Why not consider the Valhalla? It is an OTL, all tube which is a good match for higher impedance phones.

 

Ideally I'd like a preamp, which the Valhalla lacks. 

post #10065 of 24295

With the right tubes, the Lyr can be nice with the HD800. I used the Amperex Orange Globes with I had the Lyr/Uberfrost. From what I've read, the A2 may be on the bright side for the HD800.

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Originally Posted by jchandler3 View Post

Between the A2 and Lyr, which would be best suited to drive the HD800? I'll be sourcing with the ÜberFrost.

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