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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Here's the thread on the Uber Upgrade. I did the upgrade last night and the difference was immediately noticeable.
http://www.head-fi.org/t/661444/schiit-bifrost-uber-analog-upgrade
I cant specifically talk to the HD800... yet... but with the HE-500 the bass tightened up, better extension across the spectrum and smoother mids and highs with less grain. I'm suspecting that I'm getting more detail also but it's hard to tell. It seems a little brighter but that may be due to the upper end extension/detail. Need to spend some more time with it.
I didn't do the Gen2 USB upgrade. I do have both USB and optical hooked up with my MacMini but it's really hard to tell the difference. Maybe when I get the HD800...
Hope this helps, M


I did my before/after tests with the 24/96 Rumors album. The recording has to have detail to really appreciate the detail in the uber upgrade. Boy does that album/recording have it in spades. You're going to love the 800s.
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Opinion on Bifrost Uber + Lyr for the HD800s? Nightflight I see that you happen to be running that, how's that working out for you? Also what tubes have you seemed to like the most for the Lyr?

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I found HD800 with HM901 balanced amp module is quite viable as portable setup, really impressed by the juice inside this black box.

The vintage mode just fits HD800's sound signature perfectly with add warmth in the mids and weight in the bass. First time I found HD800 to sound good with pop, vocal stuff.


Edited by czqdtc - 5/22/13 at 8:16pm
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Originally Posted by NightFlight View Post

I did my before/after tests with the 24/96 Rumors album. The recording has to have detail to really appreciate the detail in the uber upgrade. Boy does that album/recording have it in spades. You're going to love the 800s.

One of my favorites!
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One of my favorites!

dreams sounds absolutely mesmerizing on the HD800s L3000.gif

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Opinion on Bifrost Uber + Lyr for the HD800s? Nightflight I see that you happen to be running that, how's that working out for you? Also what tubes have you seemed to like the most for the Lyr?

I just purchased the HD800, its on the way. I also have an uber board on the way for my Bifrost. Looking forward to posting my results within a few weeks. I'll let you know how everything turns out. Although Dubstep Girl did tell me that they will take 800+ hours of burn in time (thanks for that info by the way), so it might be a while before I can get a true impression on them. Also note that my tubes are not stock so I may get different results than others. 

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I just purchased the HD800, its on the way. I also have an uber board on the way for my Bifrost. Looking forward to posting my results within a few weeks. I'll let you know how everything turns out. Although Dubstep Girl did tell me that they will take 800+ hours of burn in time (thanks for that info by the way), so it might be a while before I can get a true impression on them. Also note that my tubes are not stock so I may get different results than others. 


I love how you are so enthusiastic that the HD 800 and Bifrost have already manged to make their way into your signature before they've physically arrived at your door. Although in your defense, I suppose you've already paid the money for them. Either way, I do hope you will enjoy your new headphones! The HD 800 is truly a dream to listen to when paired with will recorded music. :)

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I love how you are so enthusiastic that the HD 800 and Bifrost have already manged to make their way into your signature before they've physically arrived at your door. Although in your defense, I suppose you've already paid the money for them. Either way, I do hope you will enjoy your new headphones! The HD 800 is truly a dream to listen to when paired with will recorded music. :)

I have had the Bifrost for some time, just without the UBER pcb. Im sure it will require some burn in however. The HD800 should arrive tomorrow (amazon prime wink_face.gif), the uber just got off backorder so probably another week. I will try and do a breakdown of every 50 to 100 hours and my impressions. Im just hoping the Lyr is high end enough to really bring out the HD800's full potential like so many have been saying. 

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Just picked up my HD800 at lunch time and they're sitting beside me on my desk at work.  Can't wait to get home to try them out.

I have the Bifrost Uber and the Lyr with Amerex Orange Globe tubes (have some Bugle Boys en route). I heard the HD800 at the local Toronto HeadFi (May 4) on my system and was blown away. My HD700 and HE500 went up for sale the next day.  Not sure the Schiit Stack will drive them to their full potential but is sure is quite nice!

 

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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post

I have had the Bifrost for some time, just without the UBER pcb. Im sure it will require some burn in however. The HD800 should arrive tomorrow (amazon prime wink_face.gif), the uber just got off backorder so probably another week. I will try and do a breakdown of every 50 to 100 hours and my impressions. Im just hoping the Lyr is high end enough to really bring out the HD800's full potential like so many have been saying. 

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Thanks for all the potential input, really persuading me to go grab a pair soon. 

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Well.. have almost 2 hours on the HD800. Although it's too early to make any real judgments it's exactly the sound signature I want. I realize it needs a lot more burn in out and out of the box its quite nice.

Compared to the HD700 which I really liked and based on my current listening and from what I remember form my side by side comparison at the TO HeadFi meet:

- HD700 has that treble spike that sometimes bothered me and I'm not hearing it with the HD800.  Extension and detail are amazing without fatigue.

- Bass is tighter and more defined but there's less quantity - better quality - seems well balanced

- HD800 comfort far surpasses the HD700

- HD800 cable is less finicky than the HD700 which used to get locked in loops - annoying at times

- I absolutely love that I can listen to the HD800 at low volumes without feeling that I have to crank the volume to hear everything.

Compared to the HE500 - The HE500 are packed back in the box ready to be sold. Nuff said. I have no interest in listening to them again. Like I said, I'm a one main headphone guy.

 

I've gone through my favourite playlist which includes Enigma, Dire Straits, Patricia Barber, Deadmou5, Tears For Fears, ATB,  Morgan Page, Eagles, Madonna and more.. So far, nothing lacking and it all sounds good.

 

No euphoria but as I read many times, the HD800 get out of the way so you can listen to the music.  Exactly what I want!

 

 

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

No euphoria but as I read many times, the HD800 get out of the way so you can listen to the music.  Exactly what I want!

 

 

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Well.. have almost 2 hours on the HD800. Although it's too early to make any real judgments it's exactly the sound signature I want. I realize it needs a lot more burn in out and out of the box its quite nice.

Compared to the HD700 which I really liked and based on my current listening and from what I remember form my side by side comparison at the TO HeadFi meet:

- HD700 has that treble spike that sometimes bothered me and I'm not hearing it with the HD800.  Extension and detail are amazing without fatigue.

- Bass is tighter and more defined but there's less quantity - better quality - seems well balanced

- HD800 comfort far surpasses the HD700

- HD800 cable is less finicky than the HD700 which used to get locked in loops - annoying at times

- I absolutely love that I can listen to the HD800 at low volumes without feeling that I have to crank the volume to hear everything.

Compared to the HE500 - The HE500 are packed back in the box ready to be sold. Nuff said. I have no interest in listening to them again. Like I said, I'm a one main headphone guy.

 

I've gone through my favourite playlist which includes Enigma, Dire Straits, Patricia Barber, Deadmou5, Tears For Fears, ATB,  Morgan Page, Eagles, Madonna and more.. So far, nothing lacking and it all sounds good.

 

No euphoria but as I read many times, the HD800 get out of the way so you can listen to the music.  Exactly what I want!

 

 

Mickey congratulations. I am listening the hd700 now and they are really not even close to the hd800. I think you made the right move. I still think that the HD800 and T1 are two fantastic dynamic headphones.  The HD700 is being reviewed for Sennheiser.

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Thanks DS Girl, Frank.. this is the first time since I've started on my HeadFi journey that I'm really satisfied right off the bat. It took me a month to get used to the HD700 sound and accept it and never really accepted the HE500 or the other headphones I've been through. As I'm typing this, Eva Cassidy just came on.. Wade in the Water.. Wow! Just sounds right!

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Just picked up my HD800 at lunch time and they're sitting beside me on my desk at work.  Can't wait to get home to try them out.

I have the Bifrost Uber and the Lyr with Amerex Orange Globe tubes (have some Bugle Boys en route). I heard the HD800 at the local Toronto HeadFi (May 4) on my system and was blown away. My HD700 and HE500 went up for sale the next day.  Not sure the Schiit Stack will drive them to their full potential but is sure is quite nice!

We just going to have to get more tubes now. Glad to hear they improve the hd700 out of the box. I wonder if some nice Mullards will now be even more necessary for the Lyrs. 

Edited by PinkLed - 5/23/13 at 4:50pm
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