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post #3421 of 12315
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

I dare anyone to listen to James Newton Howard and Friends album with a properly amped HD800.

Although not as good as CD quality, you can listen to the full album here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLnHgKotezg

 

Yes, it's the same James Newton Howard who is known for his film scores, but this is one of his earlier experimental albums. I wouldn't say that this is one of his seminal works as a music composer, but as a live album, this is a truly reference-grade recording that will please even the most demanding audiophiles. It's not slow-paced, laid-back music at all, but the HD800 sounds excellent with it, retrieving every last bit of detail.

 

Sheffield Labs was THE audiophile label back in the 80's. MFSL and GRP were two other well known audiophile labels of that era. I used to own this album on vinyl - it was a great test/demo album. smile.gif

post #3422 of 12315

If anyone is looking for a touch up pen for small nicks in their HD800s, I can verify these work very well:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009L1WE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00009L1WE&linkCode=as2&tag=tt-20

 

 

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post #3423 of 12315
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

Interesting, seems you are happy. Also nice to see you are aware that there's some coloration.

I've read the headfonia review for the zana deux , there's a lot of raving. Only one negative I  was able to find on the review:
I  guess it wasn't the intent of mike to criticize, but he inadvertently told that the zana is not so good for fast music.
This confirm a bit  my belief that tube sound has some common points with reverb..

The ZDSE/HD800 is exceptionally fast imo. Like has been mentioned elsewhere: EC tube amps are like ss amps done right. Seemingly have the magic of tubes, without giving up the technicalities of ss amps. Bark at the Moon's crazy fast guitar into on the ZDSE didn't give up a lick of speed to my Dynalo if that's any indication. Trounced it in every other area though other than brittle piercing thinness. wink.gif

-Daniel
Edited by BournePerfect - 6/20/13 at 9:18pm
post #3424 of 12315

Yep, i rolled my eyes when i saw that post about the Zana Deux being slow.rolleyes.gif  

post #3425 of 12315

Headfonia, that's all you need to know.

post #3426 of 12315
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

The HD800's love the Decware CSP2+ Single Ended Triode OTL Pre-amp. I have found it is even better when paired with the Decware Taboo MK III Single Ended Class A Pentode amp. Awesome combo!

 

has anyone tried WA2/decware i wonder what that would be like? Could the decware be used as a preamp for the WA2 and vice versa?

post #3427 of 12315

My problem with the combo is for the money you could have gotten an EC ZD, 2A3, DNA Stratus, Woo WA5LE which may or may not be as good but my gut says they likely are.  Ie I'd rather have the GS-X mk2 than a GS-1 that runs into a B22 ;)

post #3428 of 12315

heh heh... Audio Sex!

post #3429 of 12315
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Originally Posted by dukeskd View Post

Headfonia, that's all you need to know.


Mike share his subjective impressions , there's nothing wrong with it. Merely he omit some aspects in the reviews (it's obvious,  he is avoiding critics )  , but then he talk a bit more frankly in the comments.


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 6/21/13 at 9:36am
post #3430 of 12315
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post


Mike share his subjective impressions , there's nothing wrong with it. Merely he omit some aspects in the reviews (it's obvious,  he is avoiding critics )  , but then he talk a bit more frankly in the comments.


I have found that I disagree with Mike on many things when reading his reviews. IMO, he's not a good reference.

post #3431 of 12315
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Originally Posted by dukeskd View Post


I have found that I disagree with Mike on many things when reading his reviews. IMO, he's not a good reference.


It's a matter of affinity with the reviewer impressions.  At least he's not encouraging people to spend endlessly more , just like for instance, 6moons audio.


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 6/21/13 at 5:43pm
post #3432 of 12315
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

I. TOLD. YOU. SO.

 

-Daniel

 

 

reading all that makes me really want to get a ZDSE...maybe when i get the th-900 later this year, i'll look into it.... confused_face.gif

post #3433 of 12315

Having a great day with CC Colletti on the WA5 and Oppo Dac  with the hd800.  This amp is outstanding with the hd800. Soundstage is pin point focused and the EML tubes are man oh man

post #3434 of 12315

It's just funny cuz songmic was pming about the ZDSE/HD800 combo for quite a while, and it was kind of hard to explain why I loved it so much. Bottom line was it took me a while to grasp how amazing the ZDSE is-it's all those subtle nuances that work together to create...magic. It seems to do everything so perfectly that it was hard to tell where it's strengths lied, then you realize it has no glaring weaknesses and that it's strengths lie with musicality and emotion-but not at the expense of technicalities. The technicalities are there for sure-but the emotion and music are what the focus lies on, if that makes sense.

 

-Daniel

post #3435 of 12315

How come my impressions of the HD800 with my SPL Phonitor are sometimes underwhelming,

somewhat inconsistent ?

With some records (LP's or CD's), music is there, rich and delineated. On some others, though,

I have an impression of muffled tones, a veil blunting the piano notes, for instance.

When compared with my HP system (Cochet PS1 + ALS1 + modded Klipschorn), I have total consistency and a lot of transparency

and dynamics on one side, and much more "hi-fi" audiophile sound on the other, which I hate, because it's not what music is about.

Does it mean I'm more a Grado HP1000 boy ? Is there a cure ? 


Edited by quantx - 6/26/13 at 11:08am
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