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Originally Posted by zigy626 View Post

Guy's I have noticed that on these forums people are skeptical about Burn-in with HD800 but I have to say that I have noticed a considerable difference between the music since I bought the HD800 in April. The sound has opened up considerably to a point where I am finding the experience more like listening to speakers. But initially the sound was more like a typical headphone. Its just become so enjoyable to a point where I dont miss speakers. Now I justify paying £1000 for a pair of headphones.


It is hard to say, but I believe that I do concur, with all the usual caveats re audio memory or your mind getting used to the sonic presentation from a can. I think I have had mine 1.5 to 2 years now.

 

I have heard people say that the treble gets toned down overtime as well. That is something I did not experience, but for me treble was never an issue.

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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post

Now that my HD800s are on the way, I'm wondering about the cable. Should I bother getting an aftermarket cable? If so, which ones are the best bang for the buck?

 

I read elsewhere that basically with an aftermarket cable you often pay 20%-30% (or more) of the cost of the headphones themselves, yet would only see a maximum of 5% sound quality increase so it may not be worth it. Thoughts?

imo the stock cable is pretty good, apart from the length is a bit too long for my liking. I would see how you get on with it first. 

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Originally Posted by phototristan View Post

Now that my HD800s are on the way, I'm wondering about the cable. Should I bother getting an aftermarket cable? If so, which ones are the best bang for the buck?

 

I read elsewhere that basically with an aftermarket cable you often pay 20%-30% (or more) of the cost of the headphones themselves, yet would only see a maximum of 5% sound quality increase so it may not be worth it. Thoughts?

Personnally i just received a Cardas cable only reason i wanted a cable is because the origininal one was to long so i had a 4 foot one made with Connex connectors and Furutect 1/4 inch jack total cot $235.00 ca. Cable is the blue cardas cable now i did not buy it to improve the sound  just to shorten the wire does it sound better i dont think so its not worst than before its as good i think so dont go crazy unless you can listen for yourself and really ear that difference.

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It depends on your usage. I have an aftermarket cable to make the cable shorter and to get a 4 pin XLR plug instead. Also the aftermarket cable I have tangles less which was another reason for it.

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Aftermarket cable for me is ergonomics.  Sound benefit is just gravy.

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Get yerself a nice Moon Black Dragon HD800 cable with a Furutech connector. Drew lets you audition them for week or so, but I bet they won't be going back.

They are a great match for the 800s (fuller tight bass, more overall ease at all frequencies). Drew does great work and I have used his cables for years.

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

Get yerself a nice Moon Black Dragon HD800 cable with a Furutech connector. Drew lets you audition them for week or so, but I bet they won't be going back.

They are a great match for the 800s (fuller tight bass, more overall ease at all frequencies). Drew does great work and I have used his cables for years.

+1

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I have both the Black Dragon and ALO Salty Pepper on for my HD800 -- both improved the sound. Slight edge to Black Dragon but that one is 4 pin XLR and ALO is 1/4 inch.

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Aftermarket cable for me is ergonomics.  Sound benefit is just gravy.

Diito here, I got my 'Q' French silk for 4pin XLR, lighter more flexible cable, color (I like red), and longer.

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Has anyone tried this cable for the HD800s?

 

http://www.stefanaudioart.com/Endorphin%20HD800%20Med%20Pic1%20SE%20CONN%20Ver.htm

 

http://www.stefanaudioart.com/

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I picked up the Woo WA5 today and am listening to the hd800 on it now with the upgrade tubes and all I can say both the amp and tubes ar eonly 2 hrs in  and I am flabbergasted on how good this sound with the hd800. My wife said this is the best she ever heard my headphones sound and thats a high compliment from her.


Edited by Frank I - 6/14/13 at 6:22pm
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

I picked up the Woo WA5 today and am listening to the hd800 on it now with the upgrade tubes and all I can say both the amp and tubes ar eonly 2 hrs in  and I am flabbergasted on how good this sound with the hd800. My wife said this is the best she ever heard my headpohne swith and thats a high compliment form her.

The wa5 has been something I have watched in the past but the price in the end scared me away. I would love to see some comparisons to other TOTL tube amps like the DNA Stratus or the EC 2A3. 

 

In any case, congrats Frank!. Sorry we could not meet at the DC meet.

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

Get yerself a nice Moon Black Dragon HD800 cable with a Furutech connector. Drew lets you audition them for week or so, but I bet they won't be going back.

They are a great match for the 800s (fuller tight bass, more overall ease at all frequencies). Drew does great work and I have used his cables for years.

Originally Posted by philo50 View Post
 

+1

Meaning some of the harshness to the highs will be improved??

post #3299 of 13360
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post

The wa5 has been something I have watched in the past but the price in the end scared me away. I would love to see some comparisons to other TOTL tube amps like the DNA Stratus or the EC 2A3. 

 

In any case, congrats Frank!. Sorry we could not meet at the DC meet.

I am sorry i couldn't get there as well. I will do a full review of the WA5 in  the fall and try to compare it to other amps I owned and heard including the Stratus. I have notes on the dna form the week I had it here.  This is the most expensive tube amp I have for headphones and it does a great job with speakers too. The sounds is fantastic and the amp is only a few hours in and will see how it sounds in about 150 hrs.

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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post

Meaning some of the harshness to the highs will be improved??

Yeah, absolutely, that's exactly what it helps with significantly.

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