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post #11191 of 24295
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post

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

Lol
post #11192 of 24295
I have had one witha SER number in the 10 k , 15 k and a twenty k. I could not hear anything. The drivers inside have a serial number so the pair is matched . So I would think if they wen through the trouble of doing this over all the headphones must all sound the same . Enjoy them modded or not .
Al
post #11193 of 24295
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Originally Posted by drdiem View Post
 

 

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.

ill  pm you bro . 

i have the alo studio six amp which has 4 headphone out  so i can hook up both phones and switch but im sue i have to adjust volume  to get them at the same level.

 

i used to own the hd650 paired with a singlepower mpx3 tube amp , that was a long long time ago and the pairing was awesome back then - i left headfi and kept the combo til 2014 january where i bought a lcd3 - it thrashed the hd650 in every way .

from the lcd-3 i went to lcdx because i want more upper end , the lcd3 was too dark for me ./


Edited by screwdriver - 6/8/14 at 8:12pm
post #11194 of 24295
I am really enjoying the sound from the PerfectWave DAC, it is extremely detailed and a better sounding DAC than the one built into the HDVD800. But if you want a portable all in one solution it's a killer amp and the best sounding AMPLIFIER when paired with the HD800 IMHO.
If you get an opportunity to listen to it at a local shop do yourself a favor. I just added an iMac to my setup and have now finished my listening station. I think this will be my end game for a long time.





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Do you think the amp of the PerfectWave DAC is better than the HDVD800? 

post #11196 of 24295
The Perfectwave DAC does not have an amp, it's a straight DAC only.
post #11197 of 24295
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post

The Perfectwave DAC does not have an amp, it's a straight DAC only.

Oh, sorry, not sure what I was thinking. Is the DAC in the HDVD800 really as bad as people say it is? 

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It's a good DAC, but the amp is really the star. Sennheiser voiced the HD800 with the amps in the HDVD800 and HDVA600. I purchase the HDVD800 and an enjoyed it very much, but I was offered the PS Audio Perfectwave at a steal of a price and purchased it after an opportunity to audition it first , once I heard it pair with the HDVD800 it was audio bliss.
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For those who are interested, here is my comparison of the Anax 2.0 modded HD800 (SN 10XXX) to a pair of stock HD800s (SN 25XXX). Note that no measurements were used, I'm more of a hearing person and not a measurements person. 

 

The bass packs a little more punch on the Anax modded one as I expected, but don't expect day and night differences, it's really quite small and hardly makes a difference in most songs. The HD800 has very neutral bass and which one you prefer will obviously depend on how much bass you prefer. Personally, in terms of bass, I like the Anax modded HD800 just a bit more than the stock, but it's a close call. 

 

The midrange is pulled forward a just a little bit from the stock and it sounds a little more intimate and less far out compared to the stock. I actually think that the stock mids are a little clearer and are a tad bit clearer. From what I hear, the upper midrange is slightly pulled back from the very neutral mids of the stock. Personally I love the HD800's mids and I would not change anything about them, so this has to go to the stock. 

 

The treble is the main reason why the Anax mod was created for the HD800. Although I can see why people say the HD800 is somewhat bright, I have never considered them really bright. The treble is a little elevated, but the new HD800 that I have actually has just about the perfect treble balance. I honestly would not change anything about it. The modded HD800's treble is tuned down a few DB and actually reminds me of a slightly brighter HD600. I'm not a fan of the mod here. 

 

The soundstage and imaging is also affected a little by the mod. I feel like the soundstage width comes in a little bit, which can be both good and bad depending on your preference. I love the large soundstage the HD800 provides, but sometimes it can be a bit unrealistically wide. Imaging is ever so slightly better on the stock. 

 

Detail isn't really affected by the mod, but the treble is tuned down, so details in the higher frequencies will obviously not be as obvious. 

 

To sum it off, I can see why people like the Anax mod, but personally I like the stock more. I am somewhat a treblehead, so take that into account. A little more bass from the stock HD800 and that would be my dream headphone. 

 

Oh, and I'm not sure whether this is from the drives or the mod, but the older, modded HD800 seems to be a smidgen louder than the newer one. It's probably just slight driver variations rather than the mod. 

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how does everyone feel about using the HD800 with electronic music? thanks

post #11201 of 24295
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Originally Posted by purplegoat View Post
 

how does everyone feel about using the HD800 with electronic music? thanks

Not bad, but not great either. 

 

BTW do you guys think that the HD800 makes almost every other headphone or IEM sound really lacking? 

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how does everyone feel about using the HD800 with electronic music? thanks


I mostly listen to Trance & Love them.

post #11203 of 24295
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I mostly listen to Trance & Love them.

Is that using Master 9?

For me, I can't find any genre which HD800 not excel :-)
post #11204 of 24295

awesome glad to hear it guys!

post #11205 of 24295
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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post


Is that using Master 9?

For me, I can't find any genre which HD800 not excel :-)


Sounds good with M9 but I prefer them more with WA22. Slightly better soundstage & sounds more natural . (I know, the fact that Trance, which is mostly computer produced music sounds more natural is an oxymoron but there you have it :D)

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