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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

That's nice to hear.
What's even nicer is that you are using them with a 300$ amp, because from i read here there's no point having the HD800 without a 1000$ amp and 1000$ DAC.
That isn't true. I have personally told you a couple combinations of inexpensive DACs/amps that work well with HD800s until you can save up for the high end.
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I got my HD800's yesterday after attending my first meet. Any cheap amp recommendations for a broke student? 

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Matrix M-Stage HPA-2 w/USB DAC, Schiit Modi + Vali are both well proven inexpensive combos for HD800s. There are others, surely, but these are the most popular.
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Would it be better to get a cheaper amp and dac rather than just an amp for the price of the cheap amp/dac?

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How well would the Valhalla drive the HD800's? 

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Originally Posted by NotaLefty View Post

Would it be better to get a cheaper amp and dac rather than just an amp for the price of the cheap amp/dac?
Assuming you have no DAC other than your computer or a portable digital audio player/phone or cd/dvd/bluray, you would do well to get a DAC also. Both options I mentioned above include DAC and amp.
Edited by Maxvla - 6/8/14 at 10:23am
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Originally Posted by NotaLefty View Post

I got my HD800's yesterday after attending my first meet. Any cheap amp recommendations for a broke student? 

O2 /odac combo. As good as it 'technically ' gets at a very reasonable price. Beers and popcorn at the ready wink.gif
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Originally Posted by NotaLefty View Post
 

I got my HD800's yesterday after attending my first meet. Any cheap amp recommendations for a broke student? 

I'm using the HD800 with the Matrix m-Stage - about $250. This is a rip-off faithful copy of the Lehmann Black Cube - the 800 Euro amp that Sennheiser used when first demoing the HD800.


Edited by drdiem - 6/8/14 at 6:01pm
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I'm using the HD800 with the Matrix m-Stage - about $250. This is a rip-off faithful copy of the Lehmann Black Cube - the 800 Euro amp that Sennheiser used when first demoing the HD800.


This.... the o2 is an eh at best...

post #11185 of 24278
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Originally Posted by screwdriver View Post
 

Ill be auditioning a sennheiser HD800 - should be here next week.  I currently own a LCD-x .

This will be interesting .

 

I'd love to hear your impressions of the comparison too! My only regret when going for the HD800 was that I couldn't arrange an A/B test with the high end Audeze 'phones.

post #11186 of 24278
There is no regret to have if you want the details they are the one. Your done.
Al
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Hi lin0003,

 

Are you planning to make a ful post with your impressions? I've just bought my HD800 and a bunch of materials to make mods, but would be keen to know what you think being able to A/B directly.

 

Cheers,

 

Ian

 

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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post
 

Having fun comparing 2 HD800s I have on hand now. One has a serial of 25XXX while the other is 10XXX with the Anax 2.0 mod. 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

There is no regret to have if you want the details they are the one. Your done.
Al

Thanks Al,

 

Yeah I think I fall on the detail side of the 'detail VS smoothness' fence (if I can pretend for a minute that such a simple fence exists!). Still and all, if the LCD-X was good _enough_ I might have been swayed.

 

I was reading what others were saying just now about how the HD800 soured them to any other 'phone, and I must say that definitely happened to me with my HD650. I used to think they were fantastic, but now whenever I put them on I just notice what I'm missing!

 

Ian

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This hobby drives us crazy ,enjoy the bliss as long as you can.
Al
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Originally Posted by drdiem View Post
 

Sure, but the two HD800s have very different serial numbers so that can affect the sound as well. 

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