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post #2431 of 14675
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Originally Posted by FraGGleR View Post

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.

 

The Bottlehead DAC was very good. It is close to production, but he did mention possibly switching to a different chipset than the one in the prototype. The DAC sounded warm and musical, and resolving - definitely a good match for the HD800. The amp is very neutral sounding to my ears - it allowed the DAC to shine through. The amp is very well built with high quality parts and versatile connectivity (balanced and single-ended, switchable high/low impedance, stepped volume, etc.

 

You can find pictures and some more comments about them at the Seattle "quattro de mayo" impressions thread.

post #2432 of 14675

Hey all,

 

Apologies if this has been posted somewhere before.

 

Since the manual doesn't touch upon this, does the HD 800 require a specific burn-in time (and how loud)? And what's the difference like after burn-in?

Thanks.

post #2433 of 14675

100 hours, 80dB

 

Ya pulled it right out of the air ;)  It is what I do, but have no real data to back it up as 'the way'.

post #2434 of 14675
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

100 hours, 80dB

 

Ya pulled it right out of the air ;)  It is what I do, but have no real data to back it up as 'the way'.

Heh, I just listen to them for days on end ignoring all other things in life until I have to go out to get food...well not really, but I just listen to them and break them in as I do.  no special process.

post #2435 of 14675

Thanks for the replies.

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

100 hours, 80dB

 

Ya pulled it right out of the air ;)  It is what I do, but have no real data to back it up as 'the way'.

Hmm... this is gonna expose my newbishness but how do I know if I'm doing 80db just using the knob on my amp/dac (NFB11.32)? 

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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

Heh, I just listen to them for days on end ignoring all other things in life until I have to go out to get food...well not really, but I just listen to them and break them in as I do.  no special process.

That's what I do in general, but for the hifiman he-500s I observed - may be more psychological than real - that there seemed to be a marked, although slight, improvement in sound after a certain point of listening. Just wondering how distinctive this is for the HD 800s.

 

Anyway, thanks.

post #2436 of 14675

dB metre.  Can get one cheap at eletronics store or even a smart phone app.  If nothing else it's important for knowing where on the dial things get loud enough to damage hearing.

post #2437 of 14675
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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

dB metre.  Can get one cheap at eletronics store or even a smart phone app.  If nothing else it's important for knowing where on the dial things get loud enough to damage hearing.

Hey Solude,

 

Ok, time for me to look this up.

 

Thanks!

post #2438 of 14675

Best $30 I ever spent.

post #2439 of 14675
I was wondering of anyone could help me by compairing one or more of these woo audio amps performances with the hd800. The amps im looking at are the :
WA7
WA6
WA3
WA2
Thanks
post #2440 of 14675

WA6-SE or WA2 are both great with HD 800. both require tube rolling to really get the most out of them.

post #2441 of 14675
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Originally Posted by Taliesin View Post

I was wondering of anyone could help me by compairing one or more of these woo audio amps performances with the hd800. The amps im looking at are the :
WA7
WA6
WA3
WA2
Thanks

Haven't heard the WA2 but have heard the upper WA22. My list in order of preference although I don't think highly of Woo amp's, they pretty much sound the same one way or another.

 

1. WA5 (the sound is nowhere near worth the price imo, better options out there that are well regarded)

2. WA22 = WA6SE regardless of balance operation or not it is roughly the same sounding.

3. WA6 = WA3 (modded)

4. WA3

5. WA7 

post #2442 of 14675
I'm not looking at either wa22 or wa5, both too expensive. What's would be better a wa3 or wa6 with all tubes upgrades vs stock wa2 vs stock wa7
post #2443 of 14675

stock WA6-SE or stock WA2.

post #2444 of 14675
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Originally Posted by Taliesin View Post

I'm not looking at either wa22 or wa5, both too expensive. What's would be better a wa3 or wa6 with all tubes upgrades vs stock wa2 vs stock wa7

I would drop the wa3 off your list. It simply isn't detailed or dynamic enough to show off what the hd800's have to offer. In that price range, a bottlehead crack with speedball is a far better match for the hd800's if you either own a soldering iron or buy used.

Moving on up the woo lineup, the wa2 is a more refined, higher resolution, higher power version of the wa3, while the wa6/wa22 are transformer coupled designs that sound quite a bit more dynamic and punchy than the otl woo amps (closer to ss per jack woo).
post #2445 of 14675

Which is better w/ bass?

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