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post #12796 of 15788
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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post

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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Originally Posted by bfreedma View Post
 

 

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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Originally Posted by skeptic View Post

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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Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
 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
post #12799 of 15788
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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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Originally Posted by ToddTheMetalGod View Post

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.
I'd say pick up a schiit vali and your set for now
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Originally Posted by Drsparis View Post

I'd say pick up a schiit vali and your set for now
Thanks for the suggestion. I think I want to get the Audio-gd though, from what I've read it sounds like it'll be amazing wink.gif. I wish I had a Vali, it would probably make a better pairing than the O2... but this will do for now. I'm used to the HE-400's 10 kHz high frequency spike, so it should be okay for now.
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Originally Posted by ToddTheMetalGod View Post

Thanks for the suggestion. I think I want to get the Audio-gd though, from what I've read it sounds like it'll be amazing wink.gif. I wish I had a Vali, it would probably make a better pairing than the O2... but this will do for now. I'm used to the HE-400's 10 kHz high frequency spike, so it should be okay for now.

Than again I also think it will sound better than anything you have ever heard with any setup but that's just me...
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Originally Posted by Drsparis View Post

Than again I also think it will sound better than anything you have ever heard with any setup but that's just me...
That's true, it's definitely the best headphone setup I will have heard. My speakers image fairly well, but the HD800 should beat them (obviously speakers and headphones have vastly different soundstage though). If I had a chance to use my speakers more often though, a pair of Totem Rainmaker might give the HD800 a run for it's money... my Emotiva is certainly better than my O2 tongue.gif.
post #12808 of 15788
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Originally Posted by bfreedma View Post
 

 

 

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.

I bought my hd800s from world wide stereo :)

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Just seein if this one will stay here......  

post #12810 of 15788
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Originally Posted by ToddTheMetalGod View Post

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.

 

Check out my gear-and know that I preferred the Vali with the HD800 over every AGD amp and amp/dac combo in my profile. FWIW.

 

-Daniel

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