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post #12436 of 19148

Judging by how much I'm loving the Benchmark DAC1, I guess the DAC2 would be a spot-on to my taste. Great, another piece of gear to add to my wishlist, when will it end?

post #12437 of 19148

If I have to describe DAC2 in one word,  it would be "clean".   Some people think it's cold, I don't.

post #12438 of 19148
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

If I have to describe DAC2 in one word,  it would be "clean".   Some people think it's cold, I don't.

I actually thought iems could not get close to cans in terms of realism, I was wrong.  DAC2 makes the iems sound as good as the cans.   If iems can pick up such accuracy, this tells you alot.  Also, I notice DAC2 can reveal which tracks are just even more accurate out of even the best of the tracks.  It makes me think the the better the DAC, more you can decern difference between even the best recordings.  I picked out several recordings that were outputting much more nuances that I haven't heard before than others, and it makes me think those recordings were done much better in terms of accuracy.  

 

I think for testing sources, HD800 is good to have.  And for testing headphones the DAC2 is good to have. For testing out recordings, the DAC2.  The two are good at revealing audio performance.


Edited by SilverEars - 7/30/14 at 8:11pm
post #12439 of 19148

Said it before and will say it again: DAC2>>>Fosgate Signature>>HD800 is the best thing I have heard to date. The Fosgate gives that bit of warmth need while still keeping the sound crisp and detailed.

post #12440 of 19148
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

Said it before and will say it again: DAC2>>>Fosgate Signature>>HD800 is the best thing I have heard to date. The Fosgate gives that bit of warmth need while still keeping the sound crisp and detailed.

 

I would love to hear that setup. Maybe one day at a meet. The best (reasonably attainable) setup that I've heard is hd800, gs-x mkii, and NAD m51. Just got a a big ole crush on that setup. 

post #12441 of 19148

Guys:

 

I highly recommend the Peachtree Audio - DAC iTx and the Schiit Vali for folks on a restrictive budget. After a little haggling, I acquired this modest setup for about $369.00 USD. This amp/dac combo has amazing synergy with the HD800. The Vali, in particular, is an amazing value, and I have no compunction in crowning this little guy the new king of budget headphone amps (at least in the context of driving the HD800). Yes, the Vali, imho, is better than even the Matrix M Stage, the previous king of budget amps (again in the context of driving the HD800.) I’ve auditioned the HD800 on some expensive rigs, and though I don’t trust my aural memory a lick, I’m inclined to say, this combo (though far from perfect) competes with some of the bigger boys. So, if you’re on a budget, don’t fret! Nowadays, you have some really impressive options. 


Edited by Madmollusk - 7/31/14 at 7:48am
post #12442 of 19148

Thanks for the info!

There are many people on a tight budget, and not enough talk of budget rigs, so this is very helpful.

post #12443 of 19148
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

^ awesome DAC.  I tried it and liked it a lot.  That DAC + a good tube amp + HD800 = sonic heaven.  Hint Hint Hint....:D 

Im on the lookout for a DAC for HD800 / DNA Stratus - I might consider this but i'll have to wait for the YGG to come out as well. 

post #12444 of 19148

I started with some random A/Bing of HPs today and honed in on the following set-ups:

 

1. Gungnir -->BH Crack w/SB --> HD 800

2. Gungnir --> KGSShv --> Stax SR 007 mk1

 

I did this for an hour or so only with the same tracks but the only problem I see with my experimenting is with the volume levels on two different amps. I was simply blown away with combo 1. Larger soundstage (no surprise), better detail (noticeable) and actually deeper bass on some of the tracks where I expected the 007 to go deeper. I need to go back and do this for 3-4 hours during the weekend but this is what my ears are telling me.

post #12445 of 19148
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

I started with some random A/Bing of HPs today and honed in on the following set-ups:

1. Gungnir -->BH Crack w/SB --> HD 800
2. Gungnir --> KGSShv --> Stax SR 007 mk1

I did this for an hour or so only with the same tracks but the only problem I see with my experimenting is with the volume levels on two different amps. I was simply blown away with combo 1. Larger soundstage (no surprise), better detail (noticeable) and actually deeper bass on some of the tracks where I expected the 007 to go deeper. I need to go back and do this for 3-4 hours during the weekend but this is what my ears are telling me.

This is good to know . I've never had the chance to listen to e stat headphones but from what I've read I think the 007 km 1 would be to my taste. I'm really happy with my dynamic rig so I'm done with any upgrades to it. The only way to go now is down the stax path but anything that convinces me otherwise is good for my wallet . I look forward to more comparisons , would you say the 007 is tonally similar to HD800? What are the most noticeable differences in the sound?
post #12446 of 19148
Seems that the 009 is the only headphone that beats the HD800.
But still i wouldn't give up body of sound for a litle more detail.
I never heard the 009 , but this is my conclusion from reading comparisons on head fi.
post #12447 of 19148
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

Seems that the 009 is the only headphone that beats the HD800.
But still i wouldn't give up body of sound for a litle more detail.
I never heard the 009 , but this is my conclusion from reading comparisons on head fi.

I agree, it also sounds like it's a bit brighter than the HD800 and that's as bright as I would ever go . I tend to gravitate toward a slightly warm sound which is why I really enjoy the HD600 . I think my ultimate headphone judging from descriptions and measurements would be the HE90.
post #12448 of 19148
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

Seems that the 009 is the only headphone that beats the HD800.
But still i wouldn't give up body of sound for a litle more detail.
I never heard the 009 , but this is my conclusion from reading comparisons on head fi.

 

I've heard it the other way around before as well with SR-009 having more punch than HD800. Depends on who you ask and personal preference. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions without hearing it…although I probably won't try it unless I for sure had 10k set aside for headphones at that moment. 

 

So far the HD800 has been by favourite and top performer under $2000. I would hate to try the 007 and 009 and like it more and not be able to upgrade for awhile. Although for a lot of people it's beneficial as then it gives you a reason to save up for and look forward to. I've done this numerous times, although the SR-009 is a freak of a jump overall in investment compared to other phones.

post #12449 of 19148
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

 

I've heard it the other way around before as well with SR-009 having more punch than HD800. Depends on who you ask and personal preference. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions without hearing it…although I probably won't try it unless I for sure had 10k set aside for headphones at that moment. 

 

So far the HD800 has been by favourite and top performer under $2000. I would hate to try the 007 and 009 and like it more and not be able to upgrade for awhile. Although for a lot of people it's beneficial as then it gives you a reason to save up for and look forward to. I've done this numerous times, although the SR-009 is a freak of a jump overall in investment compared to other phones.

 

 

My nightmare:   I pay upwards of five grand for a pair or SR-009's and amplification.  

 

And still prefer my HD800's with a good tube amp.     

post #12450 of 19148
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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post
 

 

 

My nightmare:   I pay upwards of five grand for a pair or SR-009's and amplification.  

 

And still prefer my HD800's with a good tube amp.     

 

Buy used, sell used. Minimum loss. Take that money and pimp your HD800 or invest in monitors/speakers.

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