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@MickeyVee

 

I held on to my HE-500s so I could listen to the lower quality recordings in my collection without cringing.

I am not sure if I have just gotten used to listening to bad recording through the HD800, or if the Headamp GS-X mk2 has made a subtle but significant change because I just noticed that I am no longer cringing when I listen to a number of CDs which used to drive me crazy through the HD800s.

 

--mark

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Originally Posted by Kojaku View Post

Hm, a lot of people complain that the Orange Globes are a bit too hot to pair with the HD800 and prefer the Bugles for their smoother presentation. What're your feelings on it? I've found that my original Tesla Sabres were way too treble-happy (since I used them with LCD2s) and had to roll back to stock JJs while I wait for my Bugle Boys to come in, but the treble is still a little too hot for me.

 

Kojaku

 

I too find the Orange Globes too hot (V-shaped,exaggerated rumbling lows,slightly sibilant highs) on the Lyr for the HD-800, but haven't had a chance to roll in something else before switching to the Conductor to drive the HD800s.  In the past, I found the Bugle Boys unexciting, but maybe I'll try them again with the HD800.

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Have the Mullards, Amperex Orange Globe, Amperex Bugle Boys, a set of Martsu's and 2 sets of stock GE tubes.  Done for now. cool.gif  Sounds great out of the Orange Globes so I'll give it a month to break in and then start tube rolling.


Socket savers.
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You can train yourself to ignore the cringing, you can soften them with soft amps, you can use ultra clean components all the way through to give them the best signal possible, but that peaky behavior is going to be there to a degree, it's the nature of the headphones.  I am fully expecting that to be addressed with the next iteration of the HD design, as let's face it, it is by far the most voiced complaint against the HD800.  In fact, compared to the complaints against this, there are no other complaints!  

 

You watch: if the ringing/peakiness is addressed, there will be some who say that there is not enough detail!  In 30 years of business I know there always will be complainers.  And in 30 years of working with audiophiles I know for sure that getting rid of the peakiness will be perceived by many that detail is lower.   

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Originally Posted by Operakid View Post

You can train yourself to ignore the cringing, you can soften them with soft amps, you can use ultra clean components all the way through to give them the best signal possible, but that peaky behavior is going to be there to a degree, it's the nature of the headphones.  I am fully expecting that to be addressed with the next iteration of the HD design, as let's face it, it is by far the most voiced complaint against the HD800.  In fact, compared to the complaints against this, there are no other complaints!  

 

You watch: if the ringing/peakiness is addressed, there will be some who say that there is not enough detail!  In 30 years of business I know there always will be complainers.  And in 30 years of working with audiophiles I know for sure that getting rid of the peakiness will be perceived by many that detail is lower.   

But there are also some of us who just don't hear the so called '6k peak'. I hear a natural one at about 10k but it certainly doesn't ring. Its just sharp and detailed but not annoying. Grado, Beyer, Denon peaks have been annoying for me in the past but I've had no bother in this area with the HD800's. If they rolled off the treble or try to dull it, it would ruin what this headphone does. imo 

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Has anybody upgraded the HD800 cable and can actually state an improvment rather than just a differance in audible sound? 

 

I found the cable was shorter and more flexible after being changed out ;)

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But there are also some of us who just don't hear the so called '6k peak'. I hear a natural one at about 10k but it certainly doesn't ring. Its just sharp and detailed but not annoying. Grado, Beyer, Denon peaks have been annoying for me in the past but I've had no bother in this area with the HD800's. If they rolled off the treble or try to dull it, it would ruin what this headphone does. imo 

Agreed, I found the shrillness of the Grados to be unlistenable (painful really) with certain amps and recordings, this has never happened with the HD800's.

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

 

I found the cable was shorter and more flexible after being changed out ;)

Heh, I also like the suppleness, lightness, and flexibility of my new cable.  I also like the color red...oh and the length is right for now, may need a  longer one and a shorter one for different uses in the future.

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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Have the Mullards, Amperex Orange Globe, Amperex Bugle Boys, a set of Martsu's and 2 sets of stock GE tubes.  Done for now. cool.gif  Sounds great out of the Orange Globes so I'll give it a month to break in and then start tube rolling.



Socket savers.

 

Just make sure you get the good ones from tube monger. The 5$ china made ones are horrible and made my ears bleed. 

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Well postman delivered my hd800 today but of course i had to be somewhere else, gonna have to wait till tomorrow and go get them at the post office  

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Well postman delivered my hd800 today but of course i had to be somewhere else, gonna have to wait till tomorrow and go get them at the post office  

I knew this would happen to me since I dont get home until 5 pm. So I called up UPS and told them to drop it off after 5 if possible. I cant wait another day im so stoked! I will enjoy them tonight for the both of us. Now I just hope the driver doesnt hit traffic. 

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First of all congrats are in order What im hoping is that there in one piece i took the precaution  to insure them full value just in case Like last month i sold an amp to a guy and he says to me dont bother with insurance well what i did is i insured  the amp anyways its about $10.00 its not gonna kill me and everybody will sleep good.

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Originally Posted by MIKELAP View Post

Well postman delivered my hd800 today but of course i had to be somewhere else, gonna have to wait till tomorrow and go get them at the post office  

 

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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post

I knew this would happen to me since I dont get home until 5 pm. So I called up UPS and told them to drop it off after 5 if possible. I cant wait another day im so stoked! I will enjoy them tonight for the both of us. Now I just hope the driver doesnt hit traffic. 

I feel for you guys.... One thing for sure is, it is worth the wait! 

 

In the meantime, I'm enjoying them for both of you :D 

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x2 - it's definitely worth the wait - you will enjoy them!! - just got mine last night

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

 

I feel for you guys.... One thing for sure is, it is worth the wait! 

 

In the meantime, I'm enjoying them for both of you :D 

post #2894 of 13432
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Originally Posted by MIKELAP View Post

Well postman delivered my hd800 today but of course i had to be somewhere else, gonna have to wait till tomorrow and go get them at the post office  

 

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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post

I knew this would happen to me since I dont get home until 5 pm. So I called up UPS and told them to drop it off after 5 if possible. I cant wait another day im so stoked! I will enjoy them tonight for the both of us. Now I just hope the driver doesnt hit traffic. 

I feel for you guys.... One thing for sure is, it is worth the wait! 

 

In the meantime, I'm enjoying them for both of you :D 

 

Worst news possible. So the UPS guy did come but at 2:00 and the note flew off my door into the bushes. So I'm sitting here at home waiting for the HD800's to arrive and then I find out after the pick up time that the note is in the bushes. I call up UPS and they say i can pick it up on Tuesday. First world troubles. Ugh. Enjoy them for me guys, looks like I wont be joining the club for a couple more days. 

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Sooo, I've been hunting around for a Good Amp to match with these headphones, with enough time either my head or the foam has settled to the point were I'm not getting headache's anymore (yay) now origionally I was quite keen on the BCL, but since then I keep on thinking that, since I listen to mostly electronic audio from a variety of devices, mostly a laptop that I should actually look at sorting the DAC side of things, so then I was looking at the BCL which has DAC built in, but then I read that it's terrible!

 

my problem is that I really don't want to spend more than $1k for the amp & DAC, so low and behold I come across a few sites making noise about the fireflies which seem to fit the bill....

 

 

My question to you guys, are any of you guys running the WA7 Fireflies with the HD800's? what do you think, especially with regards to electronic music ?

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