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This thread really makes me want to buy the HD 800's again. :D

 

Very hard to resist... 

You have the Stax 009 so hold onto your wallet......you're fine.

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Haha I could totally live with a STAX 009 here also.  If they were reliable.  And not on backorder.  And cheaper:biggrin:

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Just got a M-Stage again and I'm very impressed with what this little thing puts out. Obviously it is not as good as those 1K amps, but it gets pretty close and drives the HD800 very well. 

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I'm considering the M-Stage or Schiit Vali as a budget amp, but i can't decide which one ):
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I haven't heard the Vali, but I can't recommend the M-Stage more. 

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Haha I could totally live with a STAX 009 here also.  If they were reliable.  And not on backorder.  And cheaper:D

Ha ha the reliability thing is the main reason I've not made the leap to the sr009. If they were as robust as HD800 (talking drivers here) I would of probably pulled the trigger by now. I wouldn't get over pain of having a £3000 headphone go faulty out of warranty! Oh and that's not even thinking of the amp that would also become useless. I will just keep convincing myself that the HD800 is close to the 009 and save that potential pain.
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Ha ha the reliability thing is the main reason I've not made the leap to the sr009. If they were as robust as HD800 (talking drivers here) I would of probably pulled the trigger by now. I wouldn't get over pain of having a £3000 headphone go faulty out of warranty! Oh and that's not even thinking of the amp that would also become useless. I will just keep convincing myself that the HD800 is close to the 009 and save that potential pain.

Just got the Stax 009 and listening for the past two hours. Shootout with the 800 this weekend.

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post
 

Just got the Stax 009 and listening for the past two hours. Shootout with the 800 this weekend.

 

Wow congrats!! That's a heck of an acquisition. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the two...

 

:popcorn:

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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Just got the Stax 009 and listening for the past two hours. Shootout with the 800 this weekend.

Nice! Congratulations , being able to compare the 2 best headphones is a very enviable position to be in. I can't think of a much better way to spend a Tuesday smily_headphones1.gif What are your instant thoughts?
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Nice! Congratulations , being able to compare the 2 best headphones is a very enviable position to be in. I can't think of a much better way to spend a Tuesday smily_headphones1.gif What are your instant thoughts?

 

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Wow congrats!! That's a heck of an acquisition. I'd like to hear your thoughts on the two...

 

:popcorn:

Thanks. Listen guys, this is the 800 thread. I'll be very brief. IMO, transparency, accuracy, extension at both ends, this is as good as it gets. The amp is very good as well (the KGSShv). 

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Is the ODAC good enough for HD800?
I'm considerind ODAC+M-Stage or ODAC+ Vali.
I was considering ODAC/O2 but some said it's not a good combination with HD800.
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Is the ODAC good enough for HD800?
I'm considerind ODAC+M-Stage or ODAC+ Vali.
I was considering ODAC/O2 but some said it's not a good combination with HD800.

yes.  


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Is the ODAC good enough for HD800?
I'm considerind ODAC+M-Stage or ODAC+ Vali.
I was considering ODAC/O2 but some said it's not a good combination with HD800.

I'm currently using the odac with HDVD800 and it sounds amazing. I would say the O2 is more accurate than the HDVD800 amp but I did find the HD800 a tad bright with it and the hdvd800 perfectly neutral. I think it comes down the the output impedance in the senn amp having an effect on the FR. It's very subtle going back and forth between the 2 amps and I've never done a double blind test so take this with a massive pinch of salt. Basically the HDVD800 cost alot more so I WANT it to sound better so it does wink.gif
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Is the ODAC good enough for HD800?
I'm considerind ODAC+M-Stage or ODAC+ Vali.
I was considering ODAC/O2 but some said it's not a good combination with HD800.

 

In fairness, I think that the dac often gets overlooked in the chain and may in fact be the most important consideration outside of the headphone itself...especially with a hp like the hd800. 

 

It's easy for me to make this argument having just bought the m51. ;)

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

In fairness, I think that the dac often gets overlooked in the chain and may in fact be the most important consideration outside of the headphone itself...especially with a hp like the hd800. 

 

It's easy for me to make this argument having just bought the m51. ;)

Well, there is no certainty if the very expensive DACs make significant enough difference.  You have a DAC, match it up with amp.  Get another DAC, same amp, and etc..  After using a certain amp and switching the DACs, you find one that does quite well, and think that DAC performs better than others.  How can  you be so certain?  This goes for integrated DACs as well, as there is the analog section there for the headphone port.  

 

If somebody likes the sound of a certain DAC they like it, I cannot disagree, but certainty of the DAC being suprior is not there.  You find a good match and the setup sounds good, I'm sure it sounds good, but wether the DAC is the best there is, is not certain.

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