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Just so we can all pour our hard-earned cash into more audio equipment... I've been looking for a good turntable. Any recommendations?

That is a whole different rabbit-hole my friend. I would ask in the vinyl thread here, but let them know what type of sound youre looking for (more musical vs analytical and forward vs relaxed) and budget.

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Finally sprung the amp that has been an unrelenting curiousity for me, the Balancing Act. Between the BA, Zana, balanced Beta and Dynahi I'll be able to try all kinds of combinations with this, my favorite dynamic headphone. If the preamped Zana into a 3 channel Beta was any indication, the BA unto a balanced Beta should be a real knockout. Now comes the hardest part of choosing which amps will need to go. I've run out of shelf space.
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Beta ^
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He'll dump the Beta then the Zana...oh wait that's his favorite pairing so far. Will be interesting to see if he like the ZDSE/HD800 better than the BA/HD800-like a few folks around here do.

 

-Daniel

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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

What kind of budget are you looking at? We can continue this via PM if you'd like.
Oh goodness... I guess anywhere between $500 and $1000. I only have a handful of vinyls, but - while it's something I grew up on (in much later years fhan vinyl was popular, just loading my folks' records as a kid almost 20 years ago) it's something I've always wanted to get back into.
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

That is a whole different rabbit-hole my friend. I would ask in the vinyl thread here, but let them know what type of sound youre looking for (more musical vs analytical and forward vs relaxed) and budget.
Fair enough, man. (Sorry to double post...)
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

He'll dump the Beta then the Zana...oh wait that's his favorite pairing so far. Will be interesting to see if he like the ZDSE/HD800 better than the BA/HD800-like a few folks around here do.

-Daniel
Using 2 amps in a headphone chain is silly. I also don't think the Beta is a good HD800 amp at all. If shelf space is truly the problem, running 2 large double case amps is not the way to fix that.
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Using 2 amps in a headphone chain is silly. I also don't think the Beta is a good HD800 amp at all. If shelf space is truly the problem, running 2 large double case amps is not the way to fix that.

Well that's what he's been doing-using the Zana as a pre to the Beta. Whatever works-I don't see much issue though if he's running the Beta at full volume (like a power amp), then attenuating with the Zana. Haven't tried that though with anything other than my DP-1 acting as a digital pre...

 

-Daniel

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It took me around 3 weeks of continuous playback to burn in my Beyerdynamic T1 to hear an increase in bass presentation and for the highs to sound smoother.  I just got my HD800 last Monday.  How long -- in your experience -- is the minimum burn-in time for the Sennheiser flagship?


Edited by sp3llv3xit - 8/18/13 at 1:17am
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IMO the HD800 wa one of only a couple of headphones that didn't change much with burn in. It did seem like the treble harshness calmed down a bit over the first day or two-but over all they were pretty stable from day one-on a 3 of my new pairs.

 

-Daniel

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An couple of hours ought to do the trick. I've compared my "burnt in" HD800s (at least 200h) to a dealer pair 2 hours out of the box...and I couldn't tell the difference in a test-type-that-shalt-not-be-named. This was with a megabucks DAC and a professional amp with two outputs, which both, if I may add, sounded far more neutral than my Pan Am. <-Go figure.
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

IMO the HD800 wa one of only a couple of headphones that didn't change much with burn in. It did seem like the treble harshness calmed down a bit over the first day or two-but over all they were pretty stable from day one-on a 3 of my new pairs.

 

-Daniel


Thanks and wow! You have 3 HD800s?????
 

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Originally Posted by FatmanSize48 View Post

An couple of hours ought to do the trick. I've compared my "burnt in" HD800s (at least 200h) to a dealer pair 2 hours out of the box...and I couldn't tell the difference in a test-type-that-shalt-not-be-named. This was with a megabucks DAC and a professional amp with two outputs, which both, if I may add, sounded far more neutral than my Pan Am. <-Go figure.


 

I am on my third day (non-stop) burn in. I just leave the headphones playing tracks throughout the last 3 days.  

So the ALO portable-cum-desktop colors the HD800 more?

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Bought a new one three different times lol-just own one now. Learned the hard way what many here have (and many more have not): it takes some work to get these cans to truly shine. They scale so incredibly well that I doubt anyone here has truly heard their ceiling yet. My .02.

 

-Daniel

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Of course the Pan Am is more colored than an amplifier designed for completely linear output smily_headphones1.gif

I don't really see the point in leaving your headphones on for three days...
If you have a tube amp, that's definitely not a wise use of its precious time.
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For the more open minded folks, this article makes for great reading.

http://www.audioholics.com/loudspeaker-design/speaker-break-in-fact-or-fiction
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