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post #4171 of 15308

I sometimes forget just how good the hd800's really are when I'm using them for casual gaming, home theater purposes or new music discovery via mog.  I'm not saying that pop and rock aren't enjoyable on hd800's (far from it), but it is when I sit down and really listen to some well recorded classical, jazz or other acoustic music, and immerse myself in the incredible realism, timbre, detail and sound stage these cans have to offer, that my jaw drops all over again.  I found myself rooted to my seat last night at 1:30 a.m. listening to Pierre Fournier's Bach Cello Suites (http://www.amazon.com/Suites-Solo-Cello-Johann-Sebastian/dp/B000001GRZ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top ).  Simply wonderful.  I couldn't bring myself to pry them off and go to bed.

post #4172 of 15308
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Originally Posted by scottiebabie View Post

hey guys i refrained from posting til i had a few weeks with this HD800 (#13xxx) i picked up recently. i have a AudioGd phoenix & only a simple custom OPT SET EL84/12ax7 5watt amp to drive them at the moment. while the HD800 sounded decent on the Pheonix, it really came alive on tubes. huge natural (to me) soundstage, very detail & extended up top, focus mids & deep bass with decent slam (as much as a PS500 to my ears). it does have a grainy quality to the sound esp at high(er) volumes that i like. got a 15" Cardas cable from another headfier mainly for the extend length but on initial 1 day listening, i found that bass seems fuller (& just a mite slower it would seem), details seems ever so slightly flushed out & the graininess (stock cable) seems tamer. all in all, im pretty surprized at the changes in cabling. fwiw, i also have an incoming full recon Fisher 400 tube receiver & a modern Audio Space Galaxy 300b -both with headphone outs tapped off the trafo with 470ohm series resistors if im not incorrect- to try out as i attempt to build a rig round these HD800s. while i cannot say if these cans are the endgame for me, i can say that with the simple tube amp & cardas cable, this HD800 is the singular best headphone i have listened to. it exceeds my full speaker rig in flushing details & provides as much sonic pleasure as the speakers (& i dont believe i have a crap speaker rig IMO). for sure, in the later evenings, it brings a smile to my face when i cannot crank up the stereo. im sooo glad i joined the HD800 club!!! Viva La Senn....!!! EDIT:tried to put in separate paragraphs but it doesnt seem to be working for me so pardon the long paragraph!

Nice impressions and welcome to best club in town! 

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post #4173 of 15308
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Originally Posted by skeptic View Post

 I'm not saying that pop and rock aren't enjoyable on hd800's (far from it), but it is when I sit down and really listen to some well recorded classical, jazz or other acoustic music, and immerse myself in the incredible realism, timbre,

Well so far the genre that work best for me on  hd800 (without mod or trick):

- classical

- dark metal

- dark ambient

- etheral stuff

 

I'd be curious of which pop or rock you enjoy on your hd800 .

It's really not a surprise that the hd800 succeed for classical.

post #4174 of 15308
thxs bud. so far, im super impressed by them. i also briefly tried out a LCD2v2 powered by a ****t Gungir & Mjolnir (or something like that) & i can safely say that my HD800 with the cheap ($300) tube amp out classed it in almost everyway including -believe it or not- bass, both in extension & slam! its weirding me out that my HD800 out slams the (in)famous Audeze!!!
post #4175 of 15308

Just picked up a Sansui Receiver to run the HD800 off them.  Wanted to see if it would be better than Mojo + HD800.  Mojo with my LCD3 is great but not so much with the HD800.  Hope it gets better.

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ran the HD800 off a Sansui AU-517 & though good, its no where close to what i hear from tubes. i hear harshness up top where i dont on tubes but it could also be cos of the old caps on the vintage Sansui. also sounds is more flat with SS while its more full bodies with soundstage & depth on the tube amp.

post #4177 of 15308

well, not sure what's happening to yours, I throw mine around a bit and not a single chip so far, I don't have a headphone stand or anything, they just get dumped in the same spot the amp is... no padding or anything, maybe it's just a matter of time :)

post #4178 of 15308
I hope to get a similar experience with my Leben CS300 (tube amp). Heard the HD800 on a high end SS amp and thought it sounded light and with a dry treble. No HD800 for me! Ha! But then I saw the Leben which also has a bass boost switch and thought: I will give it a try. The amp is on the way, and the HD800 is next.
Edited by LarsHP - 7/30/13 at 2:00pm
post #4179 of 15308
Hey all, first time poster and I apologize if my question has been covered somewhere else in this thread...

I just ordered my HD 800's and I'm also in the market for a DAC/Amp to use with my MacBook Pro. Potentially a Schiit or maybe Sennheiser's own HDVD 800.

I was wondering if you guys knew of any HD 800 balanced XLR cables. I've seen some third-party ones for ridiculous prices (over $600), and I've also seen that in the UK, some retailers have a listing for a Sennheiser-manufactured one that is "coming soon" (I live in the States.) Here's a link:

http://www.custom-cable.co.uk/sennheiser-hd800-xlr-connecting-cable.html

...Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions for a good after-market balanced cable for the HD 800's, or if you happen to know when this Sennheiser balanced cable will be released (if it's real), I'd really appreciate it!

Also, if you have any suggestions for a good DAC/Amp for the Sennheiser HD 800's (in addition to the ones people have already mentioned), I'd love to hear them.

Lastly, and this DAC/Amp doesn't need an XLR cable, I've been looking at the Woo Audio W7 Fireflies as a contender... Has anyone here had any experience with the Fireflies and HD 800's? It looks (and supposedly sounds) great, and the $1000 price tag is a little easier to swallow than $2000 for the HDVD 800.

Thanks again!
post #4180 of 15308
HD800 sounds good on Leben. I think HD800 like tubes.
Last nite I listened again 800 with Lehmann BCL, like you said, the treble and bass is dry and shorter, but I still like it. Leben bring slight wet-ness to it.
I post on the other thread, apparently Norah Jones also use Leben CS300. I am happy my favorite singer is using the same amp as mine biggrin.gif
post #4181 of 15308

The HD800s likes a "good amp" she is getting along very well with the GS-X mk2.  No issues at all, that I can tell.  I like detail.  I get tons of it with my rig..

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

The HD800s likes a "good amp" she is getting along very well with the GS-X mk2.  No issues at all, that I can tell.  I like detail.  I get tons of it with my rig..

Made me curious how gsx mk ii sounds like. Unfortunately in my place, I can't try first before buying.
post #4184 of 15308
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Originally Posted by persona1138 View Post

Hey all, first time poster and I apologize if my question has been covered somewhere else in this thread...

I just ordered my HD 800's and I'm also in the market for a DAC/Amp to use with my MacBook Pro. Potentially a Schiit or maybe Sennheiser's own HDVD 800.

I was wondering if you guys knew of any HD 800 balanced XLR cables. I've seen some third-party ones for ridiculous prices (over $600), and I've also seen that in the UK, some retailers have a listing for a Sennheiser-manufactured one that is "coming soon" (I live in the States.) Here's a link:

http://www.custom-cable.co.uk/sennheiser-hd800-xlr-connecting-cable.html

...Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions for a good after-market balanced cable for the HD 800's, or if you happen to know when this Sennheiser balanced cable will be released (if it's real), I'd really appreciate it!

Also, if you have any suggestions for a good DAC/Amp for the Sennheiser HD 800's (in addition to the ones people have already mentioned), I'd love to hear them.

Lastly, and this DAC/Amp doesn't need an XLR cable, I've been looking at the Woo Audio W7 Fireflies as a contender... Has anyone here had any experience with the Fireflies and HD 800's? It looks (and supposedly sounds) great, and the $1000 price tag is a little easier to swallow than $2000 for the HDVD 800.

Thanks again!

So, Moon audio and 'Q' audio make some good cables. I got my Q French silk for the ergonomics and XLR connection,  Really like it.

Schiit Asgard 2 would be a good SS amp to start out with.  Decware Taboo MKIII and CSP2+ (or the new CSP3+) are good choices.

I have the Asgard 2 and the Taboo, others here like the CSP2+.  I also use the Schiit ubered Bifrost, the Modi might also be a consideration.

The taboo can be had with two 1/4" and two 4 pin XLR connections.

 

If you can I would suggest reading a lot of the reviews and also going to a meet and auditioning the gear.

 

Oh and Welcome to Head-Fi, and sorry about your wallet.  biggrin.gif


Have fun...bigsmile_face.gif

post #4185 of 15308
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

So, Moon audio and 'Q' audio make some good cables. I got my Q French silk for the ergonomics and XLR connection,  Really like it.
Schiit Asgard 2 would be a good SS amp to start out with.  Decware Taboo MKIII and CSP2+ (or the new CSP3+) are good choices.
I have the Asgard 2 and the Taboo, others here like the CSP2+.  I also use the Schiit ubered Bifrost, the Modi might also be a consideration.
The taboo can be had with two 1/4" and two 4 pin XLR connections.

If you can I would suggest reading a lot of the reviews and also going to a meet and auditioning the gear.

Oh and Welcome to Head-Fi, and sorry about your wallet.  biggrin.gif

Have fun...bigsmile_face.gif

Thanks for the advice and the warm welcome, man! I'll definitely look into those.
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