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post #196 of 14680
Am I missing something? why are Canadians buying from Germany instead of USA.
Colourware charges $1500
Meier audio charges nearer $1576 and I'm assuming you have to pay some sort of tax either way.

By the way those matt black 800's make my wallet grown.
post #197 of 14680

Is all Bryston stuff good? Imagine having a 4 stack Bryston stack that look al the same. BHA-1, BDP-2, BDA-2, and a MPS-2. Can anyone vouch for this setup? It sounds insanely AWESOME. Haha.

post #198 of 14680

Having heard the Bryston products - the BHA-1 is one of the better ones for SS amps.  The BDA-2 however...I'd rather the cash be used elsewhere and comparisons to better performers.


MPS-2 is only needed if you're gonna buy all Bryston products without a power supply inside.

post #199 of 14680
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Is all Bryston stuff good? Imagine having a 4 stack Bryston stack that look al the same. BHA-1, BDP-2, BDA-2, and a MPS-2. Can anyone vouch for this setup? It sounds insanely AWESOME. Haha.

 

Bryston is an excellent company that backs their products with very long warranties and excellent service.  That being said, their products are not infallible.  On the BHA-1 I got the chance to check out, the balanced output was excellent, but the singled-ended output fell flat for me (made a balanced K701 sound better than a SE wired LCD-2 -- even the bass).  I also don't particularly enjoy their speaker amps.  I think they're very good with sharp detail, but I find them a bit hot/sterile.  It's all personal preference though (I have a tendency to prefer MOSFET to Bipolar amplifiers).  

 

I certainly liked the BHA-1/BDA-1 combo via the balanced output and strongly considered purchasing it but haven't heard the BDP-2 or MPS-2.  See if you can't find an opportunity to check them all out at some point.  Unless I'm mistaken, it's not like you're purchasing these tomorrow or anything.  Start saving for the Bryston headphone amp/DAC and HD800 pairing now with the knowledge that something you prefer may very well come out between now and the time you're ready to buy.

post #200 of 14680
I think the BDA-2 might be overpriced. I haven't heard it but it seems rather expensive for what you get. Perhaps it is priced in line with the speaker gear instead of the headphone amp which is priced just a little more than I think it warrants. I think the BHA-1 should sell for 1000-1100.
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Meier audio charges nearer $1576 and I'm assuming you have to pay some sort of tax either way.

 

No.  Just no.  The EU price jumped last week but my three HD800s prior to that were $1105.  Whether I buy from the US or EU I pay tax so... buy from where the product is from.  It's like buying Stax out of Japan... if you want to pay $5200 for a SR-009 be my guest.  I'll pay Japan $3600 ;)

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No.  Just no.  The EU price jumped last week but my three HD800s prior to that were $1105.  Whether I buy from the US or EU I pay tax so... buy from where the product is from.  It's like buying Stax out of Japan... if you want to pay $5200 for a SR-009 be my guest.  I'll pay Japan $3600 ;)

^^

post #203 of 14680

Look what arrived today!  Only listened 4 hours so far but I can't find a single thing I would change about the sound.  Simply perfection to my ears.  biggrin.gif

 

post #204 of 14680
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Look what arrived today!  Only listened 4 hours so far but I can't find a single thing I would change about the sound.  Simply perfection to my ears.  biggrin.gif

 

Congrats!

post #205 of 14680

Jan does 1320 shipped. Funny because I'm about to put down the purchase from Jan as well, Cory!

 

5 days... I leave Winnipeg next Friday... Knowing DHL I'll probably get them before I leave (otherwise I'm screwed).

 

I have the Mjolnir/Gungnir, and I'm wondering how the HD800s sound out of this particular pair. I've read reports of it not being a good match at all, but didn't go into specifics.

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That was a really good read, thanks Max. I'm only left wondering if your experience is partly due to the fact that your particular HD800 is considered very "smooth" in comparison to the average HD800 (after reading in Changstar).

 

Looks like I'll go ahead and see for myself if I like it or not. My impressions with the HD800 and the M/G stack has only been negative, but they were under bad listening conditions, and I hadn't really let my ears adjust to the HD800. Now my only dilemma is whether I should pay up and get an all matte white HD800 or a stealth black by Colorware or keep it as it is...

 

By the way, what genre of music do you mainly listen to?

 

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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

You can read my thoughts on the pairing here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/631313/schiit-mjolnir-vs-bryston-bha-1-and-schiit-gungnir-vs-bifrost
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post #209 of 14680
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Originally Posted by jiminy View Post

Am I missing something? why are Canadians buying from Germany instead of USA.
Colourware charges $1500
Meier audio charges nearer $1576 and I'm assuming you have to pay some sort of tax either way.

By the way those matt black 800's make my wallet grown.

That is something I also do not understand. If I would live in the US, I would always order the Sennheiser HD800 from Colorware. You can customize your HD800 without having to pay extra. How good is that.... (mine would also be all matt black, but with a matt blue cobalt ring). However, it is possible to buy a HD800 in Europe for about 850 dollar excl. VAT, transport and import.


Edited by playitloud - 2/22/13 at 7:10am
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My take on LCD-2 and HD800

Great read Max. Definitely going to get an HD800 to see once and for all what I will keep.

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