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Wow...:blink:  I need to hook you up with this guy I know named Jason. :wink:

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Originally Posted by Moonhead View Post

Dude, If you want speakers giving you some of the details you get from HD800 you should avoid passive speakers.
Only good active speakers can compeer with headphones, even though it's not quite fair comparing them.
And the best part is a good active speakers is often a lot cheaper than those old crap passive speakers the hifi industry try to trick you to buy.
Honestly if I could go back, I probably would've just bought some really expensive, awesome active speakers. I don't upgrade speakers much so it wouldn't have made a difference. I prefer the number of options of brands for speakers with a passive setup though, and Emotiva amps are cheap... they make good headphone amps look expensive tongue.gif. I've heard the Totem Rainmaker and while the detail isn't on par with the HD800, it's not far and I would say the imaging/soundstage and timbre are. I love those speakers, but since I can't listen to speakers all the time the best choice was the HD800 biggrin.gif.

I've heard some awesome passive speakers to be honest, Paradigm, Monitor Audio, Totem, etc. Quad and Epos are supposed to be good too, up there with Totem. I'm a lot more picky with speakers than headphones though, maybe that's why I like passive speakers... I don't settle with the mass marketed speakers that most sites/magazines push like Polk, Klipsch, JBL, etc.
Edited by ToddTheMetalGod - 8/9/14 at 6:13am
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Nice review and comparison.  Pretty much spot on based my my previous experience.  The only reason I went to the HD800 is that I got a kick-butt deal on them (dealer cost through a friend).  I could truly have stopped at the HD700 and Bifrost/Lyr combo and saved myself thousands in upgrades trying to find a suitable HD800 system. Not regretting moving to the HD800 at all.  In fact, it's the longest I've owned a pair of HP's and they're here to stay.

 

 

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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post
 

Off the V200 and M-DAC, here is my opinion on the HD800 vs the HD700. 

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I had the hd 700 for one week. There just wasn't much of anything I liked about them. The lyr didn't make them any better...maybe worse. I guess that we all hear things differently. 

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If I wanted a solid state amp and USB DAC for the HD800 for $500-$700 CDN what would you guys suggest? It can be a single component or two, it doesn't make a difference to me. I'd appreciate any input biggrin.gif.
post #12831 of 13873
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Originally Posted by ToddTheMetalGod View Post

If I wanted a solid state amp and USB DAC for the HD800 for $500-$700 CDN what would you guys suggest? It can be a single component or two, it doesn't make a difference to me. I'd appreciate any input biggrin.gif.

I would suggest Questyle CMA800R as the ultimate amplifier, but is a little more than 700$
I have used one with hd800 and It was a killer combo.
post #12832 of 13873
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Originally Posted by Moonhead View Post

I would suggest Questyle CMA800R as the ultimate amplifier, but is a little more than 700$
I have used one with hd800 and It was a killer combo.
Wow, expensive redface.gif. I'm sure it does sound great though.
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There a several secondhand in here actually, one in Canada to wink.gif
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Todd, I would have stayed alway from the 800 if the budget was one of your concerns. You're just going to run into people recommending expensive amps and dacs constantly.  It's an ego contest on this thread, there is a pattern you will obviously notice here.  I would have suggested HE-6 with used speaker amp for a high quality on the cheap, but good luck on the your 800 ventures as it turned out 800 wan't my cup of tea.


Edited by SilverEars - 8/9/14 at 8:49am
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Matrix M-Stage HPA-2 w/USB $320

Schiit Modi + Vali $220

Schiit Bifrost USB + Valhalla 2 $800

The usual suggestions.
post #12836 of 13873
I forgot about this one, haven't tried it, but they seem to preferred it on innerfidelity with hd800.
As a bonus it doesn't cost that much.

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/asus-xonar-essence-one-muses-edition-or-why-actually-listening-gear-important
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Originally Posted by SilverEars View Post

Todd, I would have stayed alway from the 800 if the budget was one of your concerns. You're just going to run into people recommending expensive amps and dacs constantly.  It's an ego contest on this thread, there is a pattern you will obviously notice here.  I would have suggested HE-6 with used speaker amp for a high quality on the cheap, but good luck on the your 800 ventures as it turned out 800 wan't my cup of tea.
I just don't see the point in getting that last 15% of sound quality if it's going to cost me $1000 or more. I'd much rather just spend $500 on a smooth solid state DAC/amp combination and be done.

If I wanted to get into an ego contest I would've bought some $1600 floor standing speakers wink.gif. Fighting over who has the most expensive headphone gear is like fighting over who has the most expensive go-kart rolleyes.gif. There are always people with BMW's, Lambourghini's, etc tongue.gif.

Thanks, I hope I'll enjoy them. I want to make this the end of my audio journey for a while. In a few years when I move somewhere larger and have more income I plan to get back into audio with high end speakers. Hopefully an HD800 setup will satisfy me until then smily_headphones1.gif.

Edit: Maybe I should get a Violectric V200 and be done with it. You guys are corrupting me and draining my wallet frown.gif.
Edited by ToddTheMetalGod - 8/9/14 at 9:27am
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I have a few of the boys over today. We are testing the 800's on the Valhalla 2 and HA-1. Everything fed from the NAD m51. The Val2 has only warmed up for about 30 minutes. Just plugged the 800's into for the first. And...very interesting. :p

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Which is better with HD800, Modi or ODAC?
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Well calling Questyle the ultimate wheee maybe pushing it, as it the only one I have heard with HD800.
Sounded quite good though.

If I had do it over Again I guess I would have picked up 02 combo or Asus one or something in that genre, I have a feeling that maybe HD800
Don't need than much power. I had a bad experience with Schiit Mjolnir so I just don't trust any of there products, but that's just me, lots
Of people seem to love that brand.
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