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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post
 

What are the benefits of an expensive amp with HD800?

Let's say i get the Vali, and i am never getting a 1000$ amp, what am i going to miss out?

 

IMO you have to listen to one to know by yourself. First hand experience is still the best insight.


Edited by 62ohm - 8/7/14 at 2:46pm
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A wallet so light it practically floats?
post #12768 of 14021
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post


Not sure about the Vali but nothing is missing using O2 and that's cheap as chips. If anything the O2 is a bit more revealing than my HDVD800 balanced . Price has nothing to do with the quality of sound from an amplifier unless you know which one is more expensive. In which case the more expensive one sounds better. That's just the way it is wink.gif

Have you heard them both?
Are you saying that i can get a 130$ amp that sounds better than a 2000$ amp? if that's true, why would anyone on the planet buy the HDVD800?  

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Because they don't agree?
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post
 

What are the benefits of an expensive amp with HD800?

Let's say i get the Vali, and i am never getting a 1000$ amp, what am i going to miss out?

 

Existential question. Depends upon what religion you subscribe to:

  1. Get an O2. Nwavguy and his minions figured it all out a long time ago. Hifi is just a big scam. Frequency response, 1kHz sine wave power output, and 1kHz harmonic distortion tells you everything you need to know. Opamps sound the best because they measure in those three areas and other stuff like power supply noise rejection the best.
  2. The more something costs, the better it sounds. It's best that you post pictures of yourself with some hot Chinese hooker babes listening to your expensive gear and massaging your [redacted] on HF.
  3. After a few hundred bucks, it's not worth it. Diminishing returns and poor value. C'mon get real, this is audio.
  4. Can't help ourselves going for something better, even if what we discern as better has exponentially increasing costs. Only the current contents of the wallet is the limit.

 

So it's hard to say. A lot depends upon the psyche of the person if you are going to miss out or not. Choose one of two (you can straddle between the lines) correctly, and I may relate my own experience with the Vali and going up the chain.


Edited by purrin - 8/7/14 at 3:09pm
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

Have you heard them both?

Are you saying that i can get a 130$ amp that sounds better than a 2000$ amp? if that's true, why would anyone on the planet buy the HDVD800?  

Because it looks nice and has 4 headphone sockets 2 of which are fancy balanced ones , plus it has multi inputs useful for connecting other equipment . It also had more power not that it's needed for the HD800 but still it looks good on paper. We are just humans and easily manipulated . Why do you think billions of pounds are spent on marketing etc. I own both these amps. I'm no better than the next man that likes shiny gadgets. I'm just saying it how it is that all. Sometimes you need the cheap amp such as the O2 just use as a reference to keep your head out the clouds. I know I appreciate it for that. I regularly plug my HD600s into the O2 and realise that I didn't need to spend all that money for great sound but where is the fun in that?
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

What are the benefits of an expensive amp with HD800?
Let's say i get the Vali, and i am never getting a 1000$ amp, what am i going to miss out?
Not much really in that price bracket ime. You'd want to go to the $1500+ amps that pair well with the HD800s to make it worth your while. For instance I prefer the Vali w/ the Senns in particular over the MJ, Concerto, Auditor, Corda Rock, and various midrange AGD amps as well. That being said-if you can ever snag a used Nuforce Dac100, it's built in amp pairs exceptionally well with the Senns. A great budget all in one-but discontinued. They pop up in the FS forums from time to time for around $650-700.

-Daniel
Edited by BournePerfect - 8/7/14 at 3:18pm
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One is a timex one is a rolex. They both tell time. Whatever floats your boat.
post #12774 of 14021

You people gave me alot to think about...

Anyways, i'm kind of happy because i'm starting to think maybe it is possible to reach audio nirvana on a tight budget of 300$-500$ for DAC/amp, which is all i can afford at the moment :o2smile:

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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post
 

You people gave me alot to think about...

Anyways, i'm kind of happy because i'm starting to think maybe it is possible to reach audio nirvana on a tight budget of 300$-500$ for DAC/amp, which is all i can afford at the moment :o2smile:

good for you. hope it works out. Try to go to a meet or something to hear different gear if you can. Come to think of it the vali might cost less than traveling to the actual meet. LOL

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I'll just say this. The Vali kept me very very happy when I was using it. And I still use it on occasion.

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Haha. I thought the last few pages were interesting. Kind of a head_Fi reunion. I'm quite happy to see some of the more knowledgeable people posting again. I think I need to try out the Valhalla 2...
post #12778 of 14021

I like the reality check concept - I often get this at meets listening to other people's setups and the level of sound quality which they achieve with much less money wasted.  It's good to know you can downsize without too much heartache.

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I could downspend to a Sony MA900 and Modi/Vali and still have similar type of sound, just not at the same fidelity. I could live with it.
post #12780 of 14021
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

I could downspend to a Sony MA900 and Modi/Vali and still have similar type of sound, just not at the same fidelity. I could live with it.

I could live with my Apple Earbuds too, but I would much rather live with the HD800. :D

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