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post #1561 of 13429
I also had the SR-007 and have heard the SR-009 many times. I'm completely satisfied with the HD800s as my only headphone. The only other headphone that might tempt me would be a re-issue of Jades that were better built, and even then it would be a complement to the HD800, not a replacement.
post #1562 of 13429
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...although I have the feeling that this is a inherent weakness of e-stats.

 

From my limited experience with them, I would completely agree with this.

post #1563 of 13429
I see you're selling your SR-009 struggles. Since you own a TOTL e-stat set up, I wouldn't call your experience limited..!

Any reason why you're selling them?
post #1564 of 13429
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I see you're selling your SR-009 struggles. Since you own a TOTL e-stat set up, I wouldn't call your experience limited..!

Any reason why you're selling them?

 

The impressions I have on the 009/007 comparison could not have been better stated than in Asr's mini review. Please note that I am only speaking from my amp experience, not top tier amps, and as you can see, not everyone agrees.

 

I actually purchased the 009's after reading that review, had them for a month and tried the 007's. I feel much more connected to the 007's, in fact an 007/323 is what I would have started with if I could do it over again. For $2200 (used) it is a very nice setup imo...

 

I am now on the prowl for some impact.

 

Live and learn, my butt will heal eventually...


Edited by struggles - 4/1/13 at 9:17pm
post #1565 of 13429
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I have loved Symphonie Fantastique since I was a boy. I currently have the Munch/BSO (RCA Living Stereo) and Maazel/Cleveland (Telarc) recordings. The RCA Hybrid SACD is a masterpiece.

Thanks to your glowing recommendation, I just ordered the Gardiner recording. Thank you!

Your'e most welcome. I promise you won't regret. It was performed with period instruments.

I've just ordered BSO\Munch's recording.

post #1566 of 13429

I'm a new HD800 owner, quite cool number as well #18888 :)

Just listening for about 3 hours now, it seem very smooth and warm using jplay 5.1 from JK MK3 spdif to audio-gd ref7 to Burson Soloist.

Still using stock cable, and I may have a question.

How long the burn-in for this phone?

I seem to enjoy it from the moment I put on though.

post #1567 of 13429
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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post

I'm a new HD800 owner, quite cool number as well #18888 :)

Just listening for about 3 hours now, it seem very smooth and warm using jplay 5.1 from JK MK3 spdif to audio-gd ref7 to Burson Soloist.

Still using stock cable, and I may have a question.

How long the burn-in for this phone?

I seem to enjoy it from the moment I put on though.

I would say you should give it around 100hrs. Although I have also heard that HD800 dont really need burn in as they go through that process at the factory. Personally I feel its more your ears adjusting to the HD800 sound that might be a bigger factor. 

post #1568 of 13429
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I would say you should give it around 100hrs. Although I have also heard that HD800 dont really need burn in as they go through that process at the factory. Personally I feel its more your ears adjusting to the HD800 sound that might be a bigger factor. 

Thanks zigy626. I hope that it will sound even better after 100hrs, as I already like the way it sound atm :)

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I've finally got my system set up the way I wanted!

 

Here's a brief recap and update...

 

The Sennheiser HD800 stole my heart (and wallet). But it sounds bad plugged into my Carver Receiver (very high output impedance headphone jack).

 

So I picked up a Benchmark DAC1 and have been enjoying it immensely for the past couple of weeks. However, I miss the flexibility of my Carver (tone controls, lots of analog inputs for my other sources, and power to drive my bookshelf speakers). So I decided to try and find an affordable integrated amp that could replace my Carver but also drive my headphones very well.

 

And as it happens, I made a pleasant discovery a couple of weeks ago when I had the chance to compare a Violectric V200 side-by-side with my home theater's Pioneer Elite SC-25 (140 WPC IcePower Class D AVR). With hi-rez source and HD800's, I couldn't tell them apart. Turns out my Pioneer has an outstanding very low output impedance headphone stage!

 

I then went on a quest to find an affordable integrated amp with a good headphone stage to replace my Carver Receiver in my 2-channel system. Made the rounds at Magnolia and Definitive and only two integrateds had a low output impedance and were able to control the HD800's low freqs. They were the Peachtree Decco 65 and, you guessed it, a Pioneer (Elite VSX-42). I tried Marantz, Rotel, NAD, and Onkyo and all of them were high output impedance.

 

Finally, I went to Best Buy to try the really cheap ones. Tested Denon, Yamaha, and Sony and all were high output impedance. Tried a Pioneer VSX-1022 and it was low impedance and sounded fantastic.

 

Armed with this knowledge, I searched eBay and Craigslist for a Pioneer amp. I didn't want an AVR because the tone controls are buried in the menu system and also because in my analog 2-channel system most of the features are useless. I got excited about the Pioneer Elite A-20 but nobody has them in stock or has a date of availability. I finally found a beautiful Elite A-35R (the predecessor to the A20) for sale on Craigslist and picked it up for $100. It's a dual mono design with 45 WPC into 8 ohms. Actual tone control knobs on the front with a "direct" bypass button, and a MM phono preamp built in. This little beauty is a sweet sounding piece with all my analog sources, and it's a damn fine headphone amp - as good as any SS amp I've heard.

 

So now for well mastered/mixed recordings, I have the Benchmark and for recordings of lesser quality and/or poorly mixed, I have the Pioneer. I can now finally listen to vinyl and SACD's with my HD800's.


Edited by palmfish - 4/2/13 at 7:11am
post #1570 of 13429

The HD800 and Stax 009 sound very different from each other and it is wrong to say one is objectively superior. 

You or I may like one better, but if you read enough in the forums here you will see very strong fans of each.

FWIW, I have both and love them both and can't decide. 

The HD800 is somewhat more forgiving in my setups of more hyped-up recordings, and because I have many of these (on CD), the HD800 gets more headtime for me.

post #1571 of 13429

I just bought the HD800. Sounds great. I plugged it into my Lake People G100. Makes the HD800 sing. Gonna keep the HD650 though, it's for those mellow out moments. The treble is slightly too high for my tastes but it sounds surprisingly great with lower volumes too. I think this ones a keeper. Sold the HE500 (too similar to the HD650 but worse) and the T1 (too piercing and mids just not good for me). But I can already hear that the HD800 will be a keeper. It surprisingly still has great mids and bottom end. I was waiting for something way more sharper than this.

 

Will put some pics to the pic thread.

post #1572 of 13429

Have you guys tried this Duchess Crown cable from Siltech yet?

 

img_B19488.jpg

 

Currently available from Korea and they're asking roughly 865 bucks for that.

post #1573 of 13429
Needs a bigger, heavier plug. Until the cable causes the amp to tilt forwards how could it possibly sound good?
post #1574 of 13429

At least it's not their googleli tier interconnect price...

 

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Have you guys tried this Duchess Crown cable from Siltech yet?

 

img_B19488.jpg

 

Currently available from Korea and they're asking roughly 865 bucks for that.

post #1575 of 13429
A 5ft Black Dragon v2 and a new set of ear pads were waiting for me when I got home from work today. I'm still loving these cans.
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