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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 ./
Oh, sorry, not sure what I was thinking. Is the DAC in the HDVD800 really as bad as people say it is?
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.
Not bad, but not great either.
BTW do you guys think that the HD800 makes almost every other headphone or IEM sound really lacking?
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 )