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Originally Posted by RIQUE View Post

Indeed technology moves at a fast pace specially the digital processing section. However, reading on the internet and other forums the XA7ES´s transport and power section is still State of the Art by todays highest standards.  I bought this unit new and moved on to SACD and had it gathering dust for years. I took the top off for a look inside and was amazed at how much copper it

has inside the case for RF isolation. Its close to 30lbs!

 

They dont make them like that anymore, thats for sure!

 

Its a beauty.

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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.

 

Eraser, let me tell you one thing. When I got my HD800 I was driving them with a little Headroom amp, then the cd player amp and then the pre amp headphone amp. The HD800 sucked!!!

My old Grado 325 kicked its ass all day.  I think the HD800 are very hard to drive and if I were you I would first get a top notch dac/amp that will drive your HD650 without breaking a sweat. Once you upgrade your headphones you will not need to wory about juice for the 800´s. Just the way I see it.

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1700 dollar budget for DAC+Amp, what should I go for?

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According to uchihaitachi, a lot of people preferred "the LCD-3 and HD650 over the Orpheus and the HD800"

during a blind test (people were blindfolded):

http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-orpheus-he-90/reviews/8951

 

This is for people that keep repeating that the hd800 are the best, just like a broken record.

I  wish I  tried these hd650.


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 5/13/13 at 8:50pm
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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post

1700 dollar budget for DAC+Amp, what should I go for?

A Auditor fits right in there. Choose a DAC of your choice.

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Originally Posted by OICWUTUDIDTHAR View Post

1700 dollar budget for DAC+Amp, what should I go for?

 

Benchmark DAC I all the way. If you can dish out some more cash they have come out with the DAC II.   I tell ya the DAC I and the HD800 are a perfect match. Highly recommended

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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

According to uchihaitachi, a lot of people preferred "the LCD-3 and HD650 over the Orpheus and the HD800"
during a blind test (people were blindfolded):
http://www.head-fi.org/products/sennheiser-orpheus-he-90/reviews/8951

This is for people that keep repeating that the hd800 are the best, just like a broken record.
I  wish I  tried these hd650.
It is impossible to have a blind test with those 4 headphones as they fit VERY differently. Only the 650 and Orpheus are somewhat similar, but still different. It would be instantly obvious which you were wearing. That test is a farce.
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Originally Posted by RIQUE View Post

 

Eraser, let me tell you one thing. When I got my HD800 I was driving them with a little Headroom amp, then the cd player amp and then the pre amp headphone amp. The HD800 sucked!!!

My old Grado 325 kicked its ass all day.  I think the HD800 are very hard to drive and if I were you I would first get a top notch dac/amp that will drive your HD650 without breaking a sweat. Once you upgrade your headphones you will not need to wory about juice for the 800´s. Just the way I see it.

 

Thanks for the advice, I'm not too worried about the Crack not providing enough juice. It's got plenty of power in reserve and seems to do a well enough job for a good amount of people. Certainly not end-game, but for under $800 I don't know of many alternatives that'll get you much closer. Now I just need to find a reasonably priced DAC to go with it.


Edited by EraserXIV - 5/13/13 at 9:14pm
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You kids, my Leviathan is gonna stomp everything with the HD 800. wink.gif That said, I kinda want both a GSX2 and a Phonitor/Auditor for an easy SS amp alternative.

-Daniel
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

You kids, my Leviathan is gonna stomp everything with the HD 800. wink.gif That said, I kinda want both a GSX2 and a Phonitor/Auditor for an easy SS amp alternative.

-Daniel

I'd hope so considering the estimated price of that amp.
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What is the estimated price of the Leviathan?

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

What is the estimated price of the Leviathan?

 

I believe it could vary widely depending upon the transformers used.

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Yeah and I'm betting off the top of my head it will be > $3.5k for a base configuration?

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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

What is the estimated price of the Leviathan?

Right now around 7 grand...
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Get the HD800's and slowly upgrade from there. Keep the HD650 as a complementary setup. Both are different sounding and both have its advantages and disadvantages but the HD800's win all out hands down if run through a good amp and source setup. Or maybe you can try the HD800's on your Crack and see if you like it, you never know, my ears are not yours.

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