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I heard that with every purchase of the "Pink fluffy 'hello sailor' party finish", it comes with a real nice accessory..... biggrin.gif

 

You made everybody who didn't buy that version look stupid, including girls!

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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

Can anyone compare to Abyss AB-1266?


The AB-1266 is heavier, black only and not fluffy at all :D.

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The AB-1266 is heavier, black only and not fluffy at all biggrin.gif .
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post #12079 of 19531
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Originally Posted by frankrondaniel View Post

Sounds like from your comments on the HA-1 thread that you find the HA-1 is preferable to the WA7/WA7tp combination for the HD800?
The wa7tp essentially give the wa7 amp a sound a boost in dynamics and extra bass, and elevates it more to the level of woo more expensive offerings. .
But when I compared it to the ha-1 as I had both at same time,
I found the ha-1 to give me a more polished and expansive soundstage..
It was missing the tube euphoria but had this clean sparkle presentation wich was more clear to me..
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Originally Posted by nephilim32 View Post

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I've heard amazing things about that OPPO HA-1. It's definitely major bang for your dollar. I would take it over the HDV800 anyday and I'd save around 600$!!

Actually between my system's set up for headphone use I think I spent around 200$ more than you did, and you claim that the DAC portion in the OPPO measures up to the ARCAM irDAC? That's amazing then. The ARCAM performs like a 1500$ DAC and to my ears it's not a 'mid tier' DAC. It's completely high end, so I guess you are sitting pretty with that OPPO. Sounds great. Love to try it some day. Well done and enjoy.

Lastly I'm sure the amp portion in the OPPO is every bit as good as say, the Burson soloist. I have found that amps don't make as dramatic a change compared to adding DACs into your sound chain. Getting a good DAC is far more noticeable I have found. smily_headphones1.gif
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It is hard for any dac to surpass the smooth clean polished presentation of the Arcam irdac. .
But top dacs like the matrix X-Sabre reach out a bit more details and liveliness if you can imagine it,
yet the irDAC does have an extremely clean black background and it should be a top recommendation for a sensitive can like the hd800 as it is milky smooth without loosing air and detail retrieval.
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Battle of the All-in-ones..  Which one pairs best with the HD800

Sennheiser HDVD800

Mcintosh MHA-100

Oppo HA-1

Burson Conductor
Can't understand why some top end game components like the Mcintosh and Burnson don't do balanced headphone outputs,
So no matter how good, there is that drawback..
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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post

The wa7tp essentially give the wa7 amp a sound a boost in dynamics and extra bass, and elevates it more to the level of woo more expensive offerings. .
But when I compared it to the ha-1 as I had both at same time,
I found the ha-1 to give me a more polished and expansive soundstage..
It was missing the tube euphoria but had this clean sparkle presentation wich was more clear to me..

I've found one of the reasons I prefer separate DAC and amp over a combo is the option of adding a tube preamp in the chain to counterbalance the characteristics of solid state amps. Granted my Questyle amp has none of that sterile, cold stereotypes many give to SS amps, and my Bottlehead Smash preamp is probably the most neutral tube amp I've ever heard.
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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post


The wa7tp essentially give the wa7 amp a sound a boost in dynamics and extra bass, and elevates it more to the level of woo more expensive offerings. .
But when I compared it to the ha-1 as I had both at same time,
I found the ha-1 to give me a more polished and expansive soundstage..
It was missing the tube euphoria but had this clean sparkle presentation wich was more clear to me..

 

How are the 800's highs with the WA7? Not bright?

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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post


Can't understand why some top end game components like the Mcintosh and Burnson don't do balanced headphone outputs,
So no matter how good, there is that drawback..
tongue.gif

Don't want to start a flame war or anything but you do realise that balanced out is only better if the amp if designed to be balanced throughout.

 

The connections themselves don't make any difference in the use we have (reduced noise afaik for longer lengths?)

When you use the HDVD800 single ended - because it is designed to be balanced throughout; you only end up using half of the amplifier - as balanced is essentially 'mono block' amplifiers - both inside the single amp.

 

But when you have the burson conductor for example - It is only a single amp, so if you put a 4 pin XLR on the front it would be exactly the same as having a 1/4" jack there.

 

Have a look at the HiFiMAN EF-6 - identical on both outputs; single ended amp they just stuck it there for the sake of it.

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Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post


Can't understand why some top end game components like the Mcintosh and Burnson don't do balanced headphone outputs,
So no matter how good, there is that drawback..
tongue.gif

Might be coz theres no need?? :evil:

post #12085 of 19531

New dac on its way....should be here by early next week, cant wait to hear my HD800 with it.

 

http://www.psaudio.com/products/nuwave-dac/

post #12086 of 19531
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

New dac on its way....should be here by early next week, cant wait to hear my HD800 with it.

 

http://www.psaudio.com/products/nuwave-dac/

Nice!

 

Keep us informed :popcorn: 

post #12087 of 19531
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

New dac on its way....should be here by early next week, cant wait to hear my HD800 with it.

 

http://www.psaudio.com/products/nuwave-dac/

Nice!

 

Keep us informed :popcorn: 

 Sure....will do

post #12088 of 19531

can someone please remind me what kind of sharpie pen is the best to remove paint chipping on hd 800. I know it has been discussed on this thread and I d'ont want to go back 800 pages, thanks.

post #12089 of 19531
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Originally Posted by erikfreedom View Post
 

can someone please remind me what kind of sharpie pen is the best to remove paint chipping on hd 800. I know it has been discussed on this thread and I d'ont want to go back 800 pages, thanks.

http://www.amazon.com/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Markers-Silver-Marker/dp/B000I0VMJU

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thanks.

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