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post #3616 of 18732
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

i hated hd 800s and bcl, sounded really boring and lacked dynamics as well. 

http://www.headfonia.com/lehmann-black-cube-linear/

 

The above review makes an interesting read. Apparently the writer is really enamored with the Lehmann BCL and HD800 combo. Frankly I have lost faith in reading all these hyperbolic reviews on Headphone amplifiers. I just sold my Meier Jazz for 1/3 price of what I paid for it. Thank fully I did not pay full price on the Lehmann. Listening to it now it sounds great but I am sure if I would not switch to the Jazz it would sound equally great. 

post #3617 of 18732
The Lehman is seriously overpriced and doesn't seem to cater for that many headphones. They're really popular here in the UK because they're lauded by the British hi-fi mags. I auditioned one with my T1's and felt extremely underwhelmed. Most of the really good amps never get mentioned in the magazines. Thank goodness for Head-Fi.
post #3618 of 18732

@zigy626

You could have upgraded to Meier Classic which is around the same price as BCL. I am loving mine a lot with HD800, for the humble price.

post #3619 of 18732

Yesterday I received Senn HDVD 800 and HD 800). 

Does anyone have advise for better usb cables for the dac? Or any experience? I'm now using a standard external hdd usb cable. And I know that the audio quality isn't at all what this set is capable of. I listened to exactly this set (through CD, now through DAC) and there was so much soundstage, detail, openness etc.

 

Someone wants to sell me Heavens Gate Ultra Supreme usb cable. Does anybody has any experience with this or something similar? The person tells me its alot better than the best audioquest usb cable.

 

Well, thanks alot.

post #3620 of 18732

I'd worry about getting your HD800s balanced first, as most reports say the TRS out on the HDVD800 is quite lackluster compared to the balanced outputs. Cables should always be your last priority when ironing out the weak links imo...

 

-Daniel

post #3621 of 18732

there is nothing subtle about digital signal transmission problems - the correct data either arrives or not - either you hear pops, clicks, dropouts or not

 

cables can conduct or radiate noise which may affect the DAC analog output or amp circuitry - but there's no excuse for a USB DAC manufacturer to have built something with such a problem

 

if suspected then clamp on and toroid ferrite can block common mode RF/EMI - but it helps to know the frequency range of the problem

 

[url]http://www.elmac.co.uk/pdfs/ferrite.pdf[/url]
[url]http://www.arvelo.net/N2MZZ/graphics/A%20Hamsguide-to-RFI-ferrrtes-baulns-audio-interfacing-k9yc.pdf[/url][/QUOTE]

 

and while I do hate the TRS "standard" and 1/8" TRS can be lots worse than 1/4" - it really makes little difference with 300 Ohm headphones, especially with 1/4" - by simple impedance ratioing the TRS common gnd contact R is 9x less important with 300 Ohm cans than with 32 Ohm headphones

post #3622 of 18732

The USB cable is most certainly not affecting the results.  Do go balanced ASAP though.

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What is a sub/around $1000 amp that pairs well with the HD800? I recently switched from HD650 on my Little Dot MK III and found the 800 to be a bit too clinical, with sharp treble and not as much impact in the bass. What can I do to improve that?

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I liked the Burson Soloist in that range as well as the B22.
post #3625 of 18732
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Originally Posted by BlancoTheBull View Post

Yesterday I received Senn HDVD 800 and HD 800). 



Does anyone have advise for better usb cables for the dac? Or any experience? I'm now using a standard external hdd usb cable. And I know that the audio quality isn't at all what this set is capable of. I listened to exactly this set (through CD, now through DAC) and there was so much soundstage, detail, openness etc.



 



Someone wants to sell me Heavens Gate Ultra Supreme usb cable. Does anybody has any experience with this or something similar? The person tells me its alot better than the best audioquest usb cable.



 



Well, thanks alot.


I just added the Wireworld Starlight and I'm impressed that it did make a difference from the "well made" Radio Shack cable I was using. The 5v conductor is separated from the data lines and there is more body and finer details being heard. If you want to go to their Platinum cable, I think you'd be pretty happy there. I've not tried it as the dealer didn't have one to audition but the Starlight was a revelation to this non believer.
Edited by Happy Camper - 7/11/13 at 1:56pm
post #3626 of 18732
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Originally Posted by Jd007 View Post

What is a sub/around $1000 amp that pairs well with the HD800? I recently switched from HD650 on my Little Dot MK III and found the 800 to be a bit too clinical, with sharp treble and not as much impact in the bass. What can I do to improve that?

 

A good amp that's under that price is the v200 from Violectric.  I'm sure it has been posted and suggested before, but I really back this amp as it has proven itself to me in the base department to me.

post #3627 of 18732
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Originally Posted by Jd007 View Post

What is a sub/around $1000 amp that pairs well with the HD800? I recently switched from HD650 on my Little Dot MK III and found the 800 to be a bit too clinical, with sharp treble and not as much impact in the bass. What can I do to improve that?

You dont need a different amp. You need different headphones.
post #3628 of 18732
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post


You dont need a different amp. You need different headphones.

My thought , but there would be always someone that claims their uber expensive source cure everything.

post #3629 of 18732
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Originally Posted by Jd007 


What is a sub/around $1000 amp that pairs well with the HD800? I recently switched from HD650 on my Little Dot MK III and found the 800 to be a bit too clinical, with sharp treble and not as much impact in the bass. What can I do to improve that?

 

Try a T1?

post #3630 of 18732
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Originally Posted by Stalker81598 View Post

 

Try a T1?

 

+1

 

highly recommended

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