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post #2611 of 14016
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post


 Ignore it and enjoy wink_face.gif

+1 here...beerchug.gif

post #2612 of 14016
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Originally Posted by 3ternalDr4gon View Post

So I waltzed in here a week or so ago and was told the SA5000 are the closest cans that come to the HD800's

 

Realizing that I would prefer an easy to amp can, I decided to go with the HE400

 

But I see SA5000's on sale used for $375. How much am I looking to spend on an amp/DAC to get these to sound good and/or remotely similar to HD800's?

 

Fast responses would be appreciated...I missed out on bidding on these a week ago and the winning bid was $300. I almost cried

 

Or maybe I'm still better off sticking with the HE400's?

Well, If the SA5K is anything simliar sounding to the SA3K I honestly can't recommend it.  Instead for $375 I would recommend the K702 65th anniversary or K712 if the street price comes down similarly.  I'm not saying the K702 65th is that similar to the HD800 but it errs more towards the unoffensive side versus the SA3K that I found to be offensively bright and bassless.  Not sure how much the SA5K improves on this.

 

 I'd honestly love to hear the K7xx again now that I have my Burson Soloist but I had to sell them to fund my HD800.  I even felt my old K701 was more enjoyable than when I heard the SA3K.  Just all IMHO of course.  

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This is my bedside rig that I use to listen to music while I´m on my laptop or reading. I must say that the HD800 have been taken to a new dimension with the new Benchmark DAC I and the almighty XA7ES as a transport. Just wonderful sound all around in case anybody is considering a Dac/amp to drive these phones.

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My HD800 should be stable for a while. I had a good setup before except the DAC wasn't as good as the DAC I use for my HE6 except that is only has one output and it is SE. I ended up with a Buffalo III DAC which I got recently in the FS and my HD800 rig sounds fantastic. It's as if it was meant for the HD800. I could live with this for a really long time.

 

It's starting to make me question my HE6 which hasn't moved from my stand in the last couple months. I should probably sell them considering how much I use them but for now they will stay. It probably will be addressed some time in the future.

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This is my bedside rig that I use to listen to music while I´m on my laptop or reading. I must say that the HD800 have been taken to a new dimension with the new Benchmark DAC I and the almighty XA7ES as a transport. Just wonderful sound all around in case anybody is considering a Dac/amp to drive these phones.


Beautiful CD player! But what a shame to bypass its fantastic analog output.
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Beautiful CD player! But what a shame to bypass its fantastic analog output.
 

No other way to bypass the wimpy headphone amp.  The new DAC section is definately a serious improvement over the

units in the player.

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Originally Posted by RIQUE View Post

No other way to bypass the wimpy headphone amp.  The new DAC section is definately a serious improvement over the
units in the player.

Time marches on I suppose. Yesterdays flagship is todays skiff, huh?

I also have a DAC1 and find the amp and DAC to both be top notch with the HD800.

I did recently pick up a lovely Pioneer Elite DV-79AVi off Craigslist for a song. Its not of the caliber of your Sony, but it does have that lovely lush analog sound or when Im in the mood for that sort of thing...
Edited by palmfish - 5/12/13 at 9:59pm
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I was getting ready to drop $1k on a DAC to complement my HD650, but got cold feet and am now having thoughts on putting that money towards an HD800. Any thoughts on where the $ is better spent?

 

I am worried about the fact that it'll be a bit before I can invest in a decent source for the HD800s, and in my time with them, they were pretty source picky. I'm left with about $500+ to play around with for the DAC.


Edited by EraserXIV - 5/12/13 at 11:15pm
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Originally Posted by EraserXIV View Post

I was getting ready to drop $1k on a DAC to complement my HD650, but got cold feet and am now having thoughts on putting that money towards an HD800. Any thoughts on where the $ is better spent?

 

I am worried about the fact that it'll be a bit before I can invest in a decent source for the HD800s, and in my time with them, they were pretty source picky. I'm left with about $500+ to play around with for the DAC.

It's not just a source you will need for the HD800's, a new amp and source would be needed to get the HD800's to sound good. The Crack is just ok with the HD800's but awesome with the HD650. That said two headphones, two different sound signatures, don't listen to the credits that come from this thread for the HD800's, listen to them yourself and decide which is best that you like. 

 

@SA5K guy. The SA5k is a SA3k with leather pads and different build. The only thing the SA series can touch the HD800's on is the similar airy sound presentation other aspects such as detail retrieval, clarity, soundstage and all doesn't come close to the HD800's regardless of amplification if you want to retain that original sound. 

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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


Really stretching on this one. Finding the slightest flaw that isn't even audible to prove a point. That's like saying Michael Jordan wasn't a great player because his 3 point shooting % is not that good. rolleyes.gif

Actually, no, you misunderstand what I am saying....

 

I am saying since this is just about their only flaw, it stands out more than it would otherwise.  If there were a lot of other flaws, you would probably not notice this 6 KHz issue at all.

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Maybe but the issue with the 6K region is level not ringing or long decay.  

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This is my frequency response chart from sennheiser for my hd800's,how does this compare to other charts? I've read that everyone's charts are different.
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One of the best SS setup's right there. Assuming the Auditor has the same internals as the Phonitor without the crossfeed and vu meter, heaps better than any of the b22 config's I've tried.

 

Ah,  The Phonitor got stomped by the B22 builds I've heard. 

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I recently bought Crutchfield refurbs with new warranty ....... I haven't tried yet, but does this entitle me to a (somewhat meaningless) FR plot from Sennheiser?

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Ah,  The Phonitor got stomped by the B22 builds I've heard. 

You've told me before and nice hyperbole going on there you must be packing one unique b22 for it stop the Phonitor. At least I know myself I'm not the only one that thinks the b22 is no longer the best sounding combo with the HD800's at all.

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