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post #4201 of 12319
Sugden Masterclass HA-4 ??
I've tried it but I can't hear the synergy, maybe just me...
But yes to Zana, Mjolnir, Soloist, LG.
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What about the Lehamnn Black Cube Linear? Wondering if there is any consensus regarding this particular amp with the HD800. I have my opinion but would like to hear from other members who have tried the amp. 

post #4203 of 12319
Please add Leben CS-300XS, it sounds soo god with HD800.
Lehmann BCL is ok with 800, I can live with it, but from description of sound, I think I'd like WA7 better.
post #4204 of 12319
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

Cost-no-object, and yet all the models you cited are above $2k.
Seems there's a market of amps, just for the hd800.

Oh, noooo, not again ......
post #4205 of 12319
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Originally Posted by zigy626 View Post

What about the Lehamnn Black Cube Linear? Wondering if there is any consensus regarding this particular amp with the HD800. I have my opinion but would like to hear from other members who have tried the amp. 

I didnt like bcl with hd 800, lifeless and bland. Though not a bad amp, just my preferences + value for money
post #4206 of 12319
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

Let's organize an alphabetical list of headphone amps (heard and approved by many) that are known to be some of the very best amps for the HD800, cost-no-object. Anyone can chime in and update the list, even delete what's already there if you don't agree, but only as long as you've actually heard the amp and compared it with others.

 

And please, let's not argue over tubes vs. transistor here. As long as it sounds heavenly with the HD800, everything's good.

 

VALVE

- Allnic Audio HPA5000

- Decware CSP2+ (soon to be upgraded to 3)

- DNA Stratus

- E.A.R. HP4

- Eddie Current Zana Deux SE

- EternalArts OTL-KHV

- Woo Audio WA22

 

SOLID-STATE

- AMB B22

- Bakoon HPA-21

- HeadAmp GS-X mk2

- Luxman P-1u

- SPL Phonitor

- Sugden Masterclass HA-4

- Violectric V200

 

Disclaimer: To be honest, I didn't listen to all of the amps I listed above (GS-X mk2, for example, though I'd really like to hear it with the HD800 someday). I added several amps I haven't heard but received a lot of praise from respected members at Head-Fi and other sources. So far, the best tube amp I've heard was the HPA5000 ($5K), and the best solid-state was HPA-21 ($3K).

Isn't the HPA5000 optimized for low impedance phones (30~50ohm)? I haven't heard it, but their owner's manual said so.

post #4207 of 12319
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post


Oh, noooo, not again ......


Here's what I'd think, a more constructive question /remark :

how many headphones , beside the hd800,would according to you, justify the purchase of a $2k amp or more ?

post #4208 of 12319
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Originally Posted by hmouse View Post

Isn't the HPA5000 optimized for low impedance phones (30~50ohm)? I haven't heard it, but their owner's manual said so.

 

I never the read the user's manual, but to my ears, this was the best amp I've heard with the HD800. The owner of the company who built this amp told me that this amp will work well with both low impedance and high impedance headphones.

post #4209 of 12319
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post


Here's what I'd think, a more constructive question /remark :
how many headphones , beside the hd800,would according to you, justify the purchase of a $2k amp or more ?

Justify => relative to who? To you?
post #4210 of 12319
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post


Justify => relative to who? To you?

 

Correct,  I was not aware we had to Justify our spendings...blink.gif

post #4211 of 12319
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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post


Justify => relative to who? To you?


Rephrased:

how many headphones , beside the hd800,would according to you, make the purchase of a $2k amp interesting, relevant, pertinent, not a waste of money  ?

Or if you prefer: would the purchase  of a $2k amp  bring improvements to a lot of headphones, when compared to let's say a 200$ amp.

Now you can't reduce my previous question to a  "I  spend as  much as I  want", because that was not the point.

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post #4213 of 12319
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post


Here's what I'd think, a more constructive question /remark :

how many headphones , beside the hd800,would according to you, justify the purchase of a $2k amp or more ?

 

Aside from electrostats, I think there are about 5-6 headphones beside the HD800 for which that I'd spend more than $2K on amping. But that's just me.

 

HE-500/6 or LCD-2/3:DNA Stratus, EC 2A3/2A3x4, RSA Dark Star

T1: WA22, WA5LE

TH900: ZDSE


Edited by songmic - 7/31/13 at 8:05am
post #4214 of 12319
If you can't hear the difference, not justifiable. If you can hear the difference, justifiable.
post #4215 of 12319
Get a job.

-Daniel
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