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I have the HD-600's and I agree for their price they're amazing sounding headphones.
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post


I grab the HD600s when I'm in that mood. Give them a try they are amazing considering the price.


I'm at work now listening to my 600's + SB Crack.  It really is a great combo and an outstanding value.

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I visited a hi-fi shop yesterday to audition LCD-3, LCD-X and HD-800, fully expecting to come out with one of the Audeze's after having read so much good about them. Coincidentally I had just bought the HDVA 600 amp on a very good price from Ebay and wanted to see how all 3 phones compared when paired with that particular amp.

 

I was really disappointed with both the Audeze models, too dark and very average soundstage, little/no depth, quite heavy and uncomfortable (it was a hot day). The bass, whilst strong and deep, seemed to get in the way of everything else and there was a lot of resonance going on as far as I could tell.

 

Then I tried the HD-800 - wow! This amp really makes the HD-800 shine, even with the Sennheiser stock balanced cable. I had reservations before I went in to the shop about the bass in the HD-800, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Really really great bass, very deep, very fast, not quite as full bodied as the Audeze (where the bass seemed to muddy the rest of the frequency spectrum). Dynamics, transients, drum hits were all top notch. The mids and tops were also divine (a little grating in parts on a couple of tracks I do admit, cable upgrade may well help there?). Where the HD-800 excelled of course was soundstage, imaging, depth - simply phenomenal with this amp (and others I'm sure).

 

I left the shop very happy and totally broke, having ordered the HD-800's to pair with my HDVA 600. Also ordered a Cardas Clear balanced cable. I will be using my old Yulong D100 as DAC for some time yet as there's no money left........

 

I should also add that I auditioned at Hi-Fi Lounge in Bedfordshire, UK. This is a great place to go to play with headphone toys and Paul at Hi-Fi Lounge is both very knowledgeable and helpful.

 

 

WOW, I never heard LCD3/X but you saved me some money here. Not a fan of dark sounding or smaller soundstage, is not something that I am looking for, so I kind of have an idea about LCD3/x. thanks !

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I grab the HD600s when I'm in that mood. Give them a try they are amazing considering the price.

 

Yes that's a thought. I was upgrading from an HD650 when I got the HD800, and perhaps the HD600 fills in the HD650's "missing" top end which is what I was looking to remedy with the HD800. I'd be most amused (and my wallet would thank me) if my personal satisfaction could be achieved with the HD600!

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Originally Posted by yates7592 View Post

I left the shop very happy and totally broke, having ordered the HD-800's to pair with my HDVA 600. Also ordered a Cardas Clear balanced cable. I will be using my old Yulong D100 as DAC for some time yet as there's no money left........

 

I should also add that I auditioned at Hi-Fi Lounge in Bedfordshire, UK. This is a great place to go to play with headphone toys and Paul at Hi-Fi Lounge is both very knowledgeable and helpful.

 

Gratz. Lucky you guys still have shops where you can audition gear before making a purchase. Amazon has destroyed all brick-and-mortar stores in the US.

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Gratz. Lucky you guys still have shops where you can audition gear before making a purchase. Amazon has destroyed all brick-and-mortar stores in the US.

 

Wow - I better hurry down to my local AV store and tell them to shut down immediately. :eek:

 

Of course Amazon has had a hand in the loss of many Brick and Mortar stores, but IMO, the ID companies and the mega stores (Walmart, Target, Best Buy) and their web sites have been far more destructive to "Hi-Fi" shops than Amazon.

 

Amazon has eliminated media content B/M though (books, music...)

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Purrin? No love for HD800/WA2 combo?

 

I'm loving what the TS5998 tubes do for the WA2.

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Purrin? No love for HD800/WA2 combo?

I'm loving what the TS5998 tubes do for the WA2.

Although I love the looks of the woo, crack with speedball is a more detailed and dynamic otl than woo2, and a much more sophisticated circuit due to loading the tubes with constant current.

Moreover, for the same cost as a woo2 plus tubes, you can build a mainline which competes with the best of the best on purrin's list, assuming you are willing to take on the build. It is marvelous with hd800s and a similar but more sophisticated circuit as compared to the l2, which Tyll and other long standing industry insiders have praised as their favorite hd800 amp. I guess the build is a little daunting in term of the time commitment compared to a Crack, but I'm surprised more folks haven't tried the mainline at this point.

As to questions about Darkstar a few pages back, you can build one yourself for a couple hundred dollars with the clone boards EC sells. If this is really an amp you want, hire a diyer to build it at a fraction of the Darkstar msrp. Can't comment on its sonics, but reviews don't seem to be glowing.
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Wow - I better hurry down to my local AV store and tell them to shut down immediately. :eek:

 

Of course Amazon has had a hand in the loss of many Brick and Mortar stores, but IMO, the ID companies and the mega stores (Walmart, Target, Best Buy) and their web sites have been far more destructive to "Hi-Fi" shops than Amazon.

 

Amazon has eliminated media content B/M though (books, music...)

 

I meant HiFi stores. Used to be a lot more of them in the 80s and 90s where you could walk in and try Sennheiser 540s, STAX lambda, or a bunch Beyers. For example, who remembers Century Stereo in San Jose, CA and all the headphones they had lined up on the wall in the 80s?

 

If anything is still around, its the home theatre stuff now, and even then, they are slowly disappearing.

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Although I love the looks of the woo, crack with speedball is a more detailed and dynamic otl than woo2, and a much more sophisticated circuit due to loading the tubes with constant current.

 

Pretty much can infer how I feel from above statement. WA2 is "pleasing", but does not take advantage of the HD800's technical abilities. So WA2 does not make the list. In other words, the WA2 is a [redacted - insert what you think I am going to say here]

 

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 l2 ... mainline at this point.

 

I have not heard L2, but I know people who I trust and say L2 is great. From a design standpoint, it should be. I've loved all of Doug's amps (ECP Audio) with HD800, HP1000, and JoeMagnum headphones.

 

Mainline is probably good although I haven't heard. Doc doesn't make crap and I have a good sense of the sound he likes.

 

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Originally Posted by skeptic View Post

As to questions about Darkstar a few pages back, you can build one yourself for a couple hundred dollars with the clone boards EC sells. If this is really an amp you want, hire a diyer to build it at a fraction of the Darkstar msrp. Can't comment on its sonics, but reviews don't seem to be glowing.

 

EC Darkstar clone sounds better than Darkstar. It does some things well, but overall it sounds like ****. Even Craig says it sounds like shiit. Or you guys can even call him up or e-mail him and tell him that Marv said it sounds like shiit. I think he made the kit just to be a goof.


Edited by purrin - 8/8/14 at 12:43pm
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

I meant HiFi stores. Used to be a lot more of them in the 80s and 90s where you could walk in and try Sennheiser 540s, STAX lambda, or a bunch Beyers. For example, who remembers Century Stereo in San Jose, CA and all the headphones they had lined up on the wall in the 80s?

 

If anything is still around, its the home theatre stuff now, and even then, they are slowly disappearing.


lol Purrin, you must look really young for your age if you remember Century Stereo in SJ.  Unless, you hit this store during your high school years or ealier?  :D

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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

I meant HiFi stores. Used to be a lot more of them in the 80s and 90s where you could walk in and try Sennheiser 540s, STAX lambda, or a bunch Beyers. For example, who remembers Century Stereo in San Jose, CA and all the headphones they had lined up on the wall in the 80s?

 

If anything is still around, its the home theatre stuff now, and even then, they are slowly disappearing.

 

 

Not disagreeing that there are fewer hi-fi stores than before, but there are at least 6 within a 30 minute drive of me that still qualify.  Obviously, they sell HT stuff as well, but those 6 still have plenty of traditional 2 channel gear and headphones.

 

For example, Overture near Wilmington DE has 20 -30 headphones available to test.  World Wide Stereo has the entire lines from Grado, Sennheiser and a few other mid/lower tier lines (Beats/Klipsch/B&W/Focal) and some Beyer and AKG models on the demo floor.

 

I'm sure it's not the same everywhere, just pointing out that they aren't all gone.


Edited by bfreedma - 8/8/14 at 3:04pm
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We used to have 2 high end audio shops here (ironically practically next door to each other), but now we have zero. One turned into a cell phone with consumer audio store, the other moved and turned into an exclusively home theater installer for the rich.
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


lol Purrin, you must look really young for your age if you remember Century Stereo in SJ.  Unless, you hit this store during your high school years or ealier?  :D

 

 

yes i look young. it was after college when i made money when i visited.

 

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... an exclusively home theater installer for the rich.

 

i hear you.

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Hi, I recently received some extra money that I didn't know I was getting and decided to purchase a pair of HD800's. Currently my upstream equipment is an Audioquest Dragonfly v1.0 as a DAC and a JDS Labs O2 as an amplifier. I plan to buy a Wolfson Audio-gd Compass 2 when I'm able to save money, but I was wondering if my current equipment will still give me a decent HD800 experience? I'd appreciate any comments, thanks smily_headphones1.gif.
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