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post #13291 of 13982
No one is saying sub $500 is end game. You didn't say that either. The combos mentioned are good synergy setups for those saving (or waiting on orders) for end game amps/dacs. They also are better than quite a few more expensive mid range combos and even some high end combos.
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

No one is saying sub $500 is end game. You didn't say that either. The combos mentioned are good synergy setups for those saving (or waiting on orders) for end game amps/dacs. They also are better than quite a few more expensive mid range combos and even some high end combos.

I'll be more specific, the <$500 set ups I have with the HD800 did not work as well as the ALO Audio MKlllB+ and Meier Stack did.

 

If there is a <$500 set up that's better than those two then maybe I wasted a lot of dough, frankly both the Meier and ALO  portable kicked the previous set ups to the curve, the HD800 is an unbelievable HP, I have the T1 but I keep going back to the HD800 its addictive.

 

The sound with better recordings will reveal detail that my other HP's can't.

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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post

It would be interesting to see a direct comparison of the Wyrd/Modi/Vali and the M-Stage HPA-2, both cost exactly the same.

I actually have a Wyrd/Modi/Vali all arriving tomorrow. wink.gif I don't have a USB m-Stage, but I am very familiar with it's amping capabilities w/regards to the HD800.

Will be comparing both from my PC and SBT/EDO to see if I can hear differences w/ the Wyrd.

-Daniel
Edited by BournePerfect - 8/19/14 at 8:49pm
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It would be interesting to see a direct comparison of the Wyrd/Modi/Vali and the M-Stage HPA-2, both cost exactly the same.


Own all of the above, IMHO:biggrin:, the Wyrd/Modi/Vali is much better then the M-stage with the HD800.

 

This does not touch my main HD-800 rig, but after hearing the Vali/Modi/HD800 I had to buy one for the office (replaced the M-stage).

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I also prefer the Vali over the m-Stage, though I probably would say they compliment each other more than anything. The m-Stage (stock) is definitely the warmer amp-great for people who want to tone down the stock 800. The Vali is punchier and more detailed of the two though-plays to it's strengths more imo, whereas the Matrix plays to it's (perceived) 'weaknesses', if that makes sense.
Edited by BournePerfect - 8/19/14 at 8:51pm
post #13296 of 13982
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Originally Posted by RUMAY408 View Post
 

I have multiple portable set ups less than $500 FiiO E11, AQ DF and previously a Bellari HA540. 

 

this is a high end thread?

 

Seriously a $1500 HP driven by low end amps, I'm not trying to insult anyone, but when I said 5-10K as more of a potential end amp game for the HD800 I was serious. 

For me, this hobby, even in the high end section, is not a $ pissing contest and IMO, it shouldn't be.  Often $ would dictate the quality but not always.  I am always more for getting the most out of $ spent.

 

The mentality of spending more and more and more just to have "high end" stuffs, IMO and experience, is so yesterday.  Worse, looking down and doubting the fact that something costing much less could potentially be as good is just pure ignorance.

 

Just my 2c.

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If I was in the US and had a $500 budget, I'd go for a refurbished Emotiva DC-1 at $399 directly from Emotiva and add a Vali (based on what I heard). You'll have a solid DAC to last you a long time. Next upgrade the amp over time as you get used to HD800 and which way you'd like to change the sound to. The DC-1 is quite neutral with a very minor bass bump to my ears.

post #13298 of 13982
Zoom
Focal along with KRK are some of the worst active speakers I've head.
KRK with unnatural bloomy bass, Focal with ear piercing unnatural treble, no thanks.
Edited by Moonhead - 8/19/14 at 11:48pm
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Seriously guys ? can you stop this speakers battle ? 

 

Open a thread and go fighting youselves there but not here. thks.  I didn't notify your posts to moderator yet but the next time I will push the red button. :cool:

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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

Seriously guys ? can you stop this speakers battle ? 

 

Open a thread and go fighting youselves there but not here. thks.  I didn't notify your posts to moderator yet but the next time I will push the red button. :cool:

+1

 

Back on topic, to the HD800. 

post #13301 of 13982
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+1

 

Back on topic, to the HD800. 


I hear that it doesn't have the soundstage of a speaker.

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I hear that it doesn't have the soundstage of a speaker.

 

L.O.L :D  . look at what I prepared for you :

 

 

We're still in love with middle-age traditions here in France :evil:

post #13303 of 13982
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Originally Posted by RUMAY408 View Post
 

I have multiple portable set ups less than $500 FiiO E11, AQ DF and previously a Bellari HA540. 

 

this is a high end thread?

 

Seriously a $1500 HP driven by low end amps, I'm not trying to insult anyone, but when I said 5-10K as more of a potential end amp game for the HD800 I was serious. 

^This.....Still, it does not mean you cannot have decent performance with lower end amps. Top end Sennheiser's (HD650's & HD800's) scale very well and reward the listener when they improve the chain. I love mine, but it took awhile to get there.

post #13304 of 13982
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

For me, this hobby, even in the high end section, is not a $ pissing contest and IMO, it shouldn't be.  Often $ would dictate the quality but not always.  I am always more for getting the most out of $ spent.

 

The mentality of spending more and more and more just to have "high end" stuffs, IMO and experience, is so yesterday.  Worse, looking down and doubting the fact that something costing much less could potentially be as good is just pure ignorance.

 

Just my 2c.

This needed to be said.

 

Price isn’t synonymous with performance (not anymore at least) and as the headphone/headphone amp market rapidly expands, innovative companies (like Schiit) are creating high performance products to exploit the vacuum that once existed between entry level/consumer products and the high-end market. This new market (The quality products for increasingly competitive prices market), is just beginning to heat up, so everyone should happily anticipate better and more feature-rich products for everyman prices: this is the age of open-source tech and internet direct sales, after all!  

post #13305 of 13982

Has anyone who does not consider the HD800 bright at all ever tried a pure silver cable and compared it to stock?

 

I would appreciate your comments.

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