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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 #4202 of 18475
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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 #4203 of 18475
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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 #4204 of 18475
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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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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 #4207 of 18475
If you can't hear the difference, not justifiable. If you can hear the difference, justifiable.
post #4208 of 18475
Get a job.

-Daniel
post #4209 of 18475
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Originally Posted by PleasantSounds View Post

To my ears the WA7 leaves nothing to be desired. With the HD800 I'd say it sounds even better than looks, especially with the EH tubes - they are worth the extra money. 

Thanks for the tip, PleasantSounds. I wish there were an easy way for me to demo the Fireflies, but they're near (if not at the top) of my list.
post #4210 of 18475
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

 

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

This is what I  was expecting, thanks for the honest answer. I 'll refrain from doing an other remark.

 

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@BournePerfect

Get a job.

-Daniel

Well, I'm actually homeless and found a hd800 on a trash bin.

All I  need now is to find a $5k amp in a  trash bin too.

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Originally Posted by RedBull View Post

If you can't hear the difference, not justifiable. If you can hear the difference, justifiable.


Well said. Thats how i play so far.

post #4212 of 18475
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

This is what I  was expecting, thanks for the honest answer. I 'll refrain from doing an other remark.

Well, I'm actually homeless and found a hd800 on a trash bin.
All I  need now is to find a $5k amp in a  trash bin too.

Nah-just a couple hundred for an ear exam.
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-Daniel
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Get a room, you guys. lol

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The Pinnacle is pretty amazing with 800s. 

I tried a bunch of other amps at home and at meets/shows, and the 800s are too "clear" for me with anything but the Pinnacle.

(Ray's B52 is also nice though.)

'strange bird these HD800s. They can sound like they hit every aspect right:

natural tonality, strong fundamental bass, realistic image shapes an boundaries, enjoyable layering and spaciousness,

but somehow I can feel that the music is playing outdoors on a crisp clear fall day (I was going to say in a vacuum, but that's too harsh).

 

And I prefer the more humid atmosphere (in varying degrees) of Audeze LCD3s or Fostex TH900s or Hifiman HE500s,

even though the 800s have more natural tonality and more realism.

 

The HD800s sound more live, and they sound live all of the time, with studio or live recordings. I think HD800 amplification needs to address that to make the sound more organic.

The Pinnacle somehow restores some of this thicker atmosphere I like, blending the musical objects a bit into the air around them, and that's what I love about the Pinnacle/800 combo.


Edited by rgs9200m - 7/31/13 at 9:51am
post #4215 of 18475
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Originally Posted by songmic View Post

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
Heard the HD800s on Craig's EC445 prototype, sounded lovely.
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