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post #2416 of 14014
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Originally Posted by E976 View Post

I have had a pair for a few years and always liked how they sounded. But I have to say that my new Cavalli LG makes them sound better than ever -- and that is with the stock tubes. I now understand why so many people have commented on amp dependency.

 

I'd suggest RCA "coin base" 6SN7 as a very good tube in the LG for the HD800.

post #2417 of 14014

Had the chance to get a vintage 1974 Pioneer SX1010 which has a headphone stage output of 6 W and compared to running my HD800 balanced through my  Phoenix(+ balanced DAC)it is....really,Day and Night!

This vintage receiver completely removes the only thing I never really like with the HD800....that dryness which sometimes makes you long for the "Juice/Gel" to connect all the stunningly reproduced instruments/voices/sounds into a coherent soundscape.Also,everything is even more 3-D/holographic and the 6 W really provide "authority".

Can't see me using the Phoenix any longer!

post #2418 of 14014
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

I'd suggest RCA "coin base" 6SN7 as a very good tube in the LG for the HD800.

+1. My favorite HD800 sound ever has been from an LG with that tube.
post #2419 of 14014

I thought my HD800 were sounding extra-lifelike until I realised they weren't powered up when I was wearing them.

 

Shows hows how transparent they are.

post #2420 of 14014
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Originally Posted by wink View Post

I thought my HD800 were sounding extra-lifelike until I realised they weren't powered up when I was wearing them.

 

Shows hows how transparent they are.

+1.

post #2421 of 14014

Yeah, happens to me, too. Thinking the soundstage is incredible, until i realize that the speakers are turned on, and that I'm listening them through the sieve  that is the hd800.

post #2422 of 14014
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

Yeah, happens to me, too. Thinking the soundstage is incredible, until i realize that the speakers are turned on, and that I'm listening them through the sieve  that is the hd800.

Did that last night watching a movie.  Figured it out when a neighbor asked me to turn it down....deadhorse.gif

post #2423 of 14014
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

I'd suggest RCA "coin base" 6SN7 as a very good tube in the LG for the HD800.

I noticed that suggestion on the Cavalli website on LG tube rolling. I am pretty new to tube rolling so is there a technical term that is used for "coin base"? I have seen RCA 6SN7's advertised but it is not always clear they are "coin base" versions -- or did RCA only produce that version?
post #2424 of 14014
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Originally Posted by E976 View Post

I noticed that suggestion on the Cavalli website on LG tube rolling. I am pretty new to tube rolling so is there a technical term that is used for "coin base"? I have seen RCA 6SN7's advertised but it is not always clear they are "coin base" versions -- or did RCA only produce that version?

Chances are that they're talking about the coin base tube. Alex has taken it to meets, shows, etc.

It's an old TV tube.
post #2425 of 14014

I'm surprised someone doesn't try and build after-market improved pads for the HD800 given the number of these phones out there.

The pads are pretty good, but I think there is some room for improvement,

such as some extra padding on the lower portion that rests on one's cheekbone.

post #2426 of 14014

I have seen some HD800 with a light blue outside ring. Mine are all silver. Why are these different?

post #2427 of 14014
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Originally Posted by RIQUE View Post

I have seen some HD800 with a light blue outside ring. Mine are all silver. Why are these different?

Company called ColorWare can custom color them for you when you buy from them. 

post #2428 of 14014
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Company called ColorWare can custom color them for you when you buy from them. 

 

+1

 

colorware and also theres a limited edition hd 800 with the blue ring and a black color scheme

post #2429 of 14014
I heard Tylls version of the Anaxilus mod this weekend at the Seattle head-fi meet and was impressed. Modded mine yesterday.

My findings are the same as many others - noticeable reduction in stridency with bright recordings with a little thickening of the mid-bass. Generally speaking I slightly prefer the original thinner mid-bass, but post mod is overall smoother and better sounding with the vast majority of my recordings. Makes the pairing with my DAC1 just heavenly now!

A very worthy investment of $9 and 30 minutes. biggrin.gif

BTW, I got to sample my 800's with several very nice tube amps - an ECBA, the new Bottlehead prototype amp and DAC, and the Coffman Labs H1-A. A very productive meet
Edited by palmfish - 5/6/13 at 10:51am
post #2430 of 14014
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

I heard Tylls version of the Anaxilus mod this weekend at the Seattle head-fi meet and was impressed. Modded mine yesterday.

My findings are the same as many others - noticeable reduction in stridency with bright recordings with a little thickening of the mid-bass. Generally speaking I slightly prefer the original thinner mid-bass, but post mod is overall smoother and better sounding with the vast majority of my recordings. Makes the pairing with my DAC1 just heavenly now!

A very worthy investment of $9 and 30 minutes. biggrin.gif

BTW, I got to sample my 800's with several very nice tube amps - an ECBA, the new Bottlehead prototype amp and DAC, and the Coffman Labs H1-A. A very productive meet

Ooooooh!  How was the Bottlehead DAC?  Do you know if it was close to production?  How about the prototype amp?

 

I really enjoy my Innerfidelity (Anaxilus) modded HD800s out of my Bottlehead S.E.X. and have been really curious about a possible super amp and matching DAC from them.

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