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Hello everyone. I'm new member of Head-Fi. I have a question.

I came to Head-Fi, because I listen HD800, and finding a good amp. I use LaFigaro 339, but I want better sound.

I thought maybe, Zana Deux, WA22, Phonitor, Apex Peak & Volcano.

What amp you recommend? If you compared amps please explain sound.

And excuse me for bad English.

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Originally Posted by Shin-Ra View Post

Hello everyone. I'm new member of Head-Fi. I have a question.

I came to Head-Fi, because I listen HD800, and finding a good amp. I use LaFigaro 339, but I want better sound.

I thought maybe, Zana Deux, WA22, Phonitor, Apex Peak & Volcano.

What amp you recommend? If you compared amps please explain sound.

And excuse me for bad English.

 

Welcome to Head-Fi!

I've only listened to Zana Deux SE and Phonitor. Of these two, ZDSE is clearly the winner.

I'm personally curious about the WA22 too.

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@ songmic, You are one (of a few) lucky person who heard the HPA5000 with the HD800 already. What are the reasons (sound-wise) that you prefered the Allnic over your ZDSE ? Did you hear the Allnic also with other HPs ? I am just trying to find out more about this amp. See also: http://www.head-fi.org/t/639491/any-opinions-reviews-on-the-allnic-hpa5000 Thanks !
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Originally Posted by Shin-Ra View Post

Hello everyone. I'm new member of Head-Fi. I have a question.

I came to Head-Fi, because I listen HD800, and finding a good amp. I use LaFigaro 339, but I want better sound.

I thought maybe, Zana Deux, WA22, Phonitor, Apex Peak & Volcano.

What amp you recommend? If you compared amps please explain sound.

And excuse me for bad English.

 

I really like the HD800 with the DNA Stratus out of the box (cheap Shuguang tubes) or EML meshes. The ECZD, despite its lush OTL sound has a slight bit of edge in the treble that may not go well with the HD800s unless you Anax mod them, get a cable, or perform other tweaks. I have know many who love the ECZD combo though. The Apex P/V has a treble etch, but moreover it's cooler sound may not go well with the HD800s (I love the Apex P/V with the Audezes and HE500s - not so much with HD800s - although with appropriate DAC, you can get it to work.) The Phonitor is OK with the HD800s. The WA22 can be setup with the right tonal balance, but it lacks in technicalities which the HD800 is capable of.

 

The Stratus and ZD are notably more dynamic than the other amps. In terms of microdetail, Apex P/V, Stratus, and ZD are about equivalent and better than the rest.


Edited by purrin - 8/21/13 at 3:12pm
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P.S. Forgot to mention ECS7 for the HD800 as well.

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Originally Posted by Shin-Ra View Post

Hello everyone. I'm new member of Head-Fi. I have a question.

I came to Head-Fi, because I listen HD800, and finding a good amp. I use LaFigaro 339, but I want better sound.

I thought maybe, Zana Deux, WA22, Phonitor, Apex Peak & Volcano.

What amp you recommend? If you compared amps please explain sound.

And excuse me for bad English.

I'm liking the Decware Taboo MKIII with my HD800's, The Taboo thread has some impressions on it that you could read through. http://www.head-fi.org/t/655788/the-decware-taboo-mk-111-appreciation-thread

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I would love to see a Super 7 vs Taboo 3 comparison.

post #4913 of 18342
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

I'm liking the Decware Taboo MKIII with my HD800's, The Taboo thread has some impressions on it that you could read through. http://www.head-fi.org/t/655788/the-decware-taboo-mk-111-appreciation-thread

 

+1. A tube amp also gives that flexibility if you want to take things to the next level and roll tubes to something that suits your preference better.

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I really like the HD800 with the DNA Stratus out of the box (cheap Shuguang tubes) or EML meshes. The ECZD, despite its lush OTL sound has a slight bit of edge in the treble that may not go well with the HD800s unless you Anax mod them, get a cable, or perform other tweaks. I have know many who love the ECZD combo though. The Apex P/V has a treble etch, but moreover it's cooler sound may not go well with the HD800s (I love the Apex P/V with the Audezes and HE500s - not so much with HD800s - although with appropriate DAC, you can get it to work.) The Phonitor is OK with the HD800s. The WA22 can be setup with the right tonal balance, but it lacks in technicalities which the HD800 is capable of.

 

The Stratus and ZD are notably more dynamic than the other amps. In terms of microdetail, Apex P/V, Stratus, and ZD are about equivalent and better than the rest.

 

Thank you for answers, purrin.

So, are you saying ZD is the best of the 4 amps, and better than WA22 and Phonitor?

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Thank you for answers, purrin.

So, are you saying ZD is the best of the 4 amps, and better than WA22 and Phonitor?

No I think he's saying the DNA Stratus is the best, either that or the Eddie Current Super 7

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Somewhat off-topic, but I've posted in the DIY Cable Questions and Comments Thread without any response. Do any of my fellow HD800 owners know if it's possible to disassemble and re-use the stock 1/4" connector on the stock cable? See my post in the other thread ( http://www.head-fi.org/t/676402/diy-cable-questions-and-comments-thread/120#post_9728475 ) for more details and feel free to reply by PM so we keep this thread on track.

Dale
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No I think he's saying the DNA Stratus is the best, either that or the Eddie Current Super 7

 

No, I mean, is the Zana Deux the best of 4 amps I thought, for HD800?

Better than WA22, Phonitor, and Apex?

I don't have enough money for buy DNA Stratus.

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Originally Posted by Shin-Ra View Post

 

No, I mean, is the Zana Deux the best of 4 amps I thought, for HD800?

Better than WA22, Phonitor, and Apex?

I don't have enough money for buy DNA Stratus.

If you want a SET amp that won't break the bank (Stratus), check out the BottleHead S.E.X. 2.1. Grab the 2x upgrade options and you can get it for $675 shipped. Choosing whether or not to build it yourself is another matter however.


Edited by brunk - 8/21/13 at 6:25pm
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

I would love to see a Super 7 vs Taboo 3 comparison.

That would be a fun comparison!

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Originally Posted by Shin-Ra View Post

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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

No I think he's saying the DNA Stratus is the best, either that or the Eddie Current Super 7

 

No, I mean, is the Zana Deux the best of 4 amps I thought, for HD800?

Better than WA22, Phonitor, and Apex?

I don't have enough money for buy DNA Stratus.

The Decware CSP2+ is excellent for the HD800 and is currently (for the next 6 weeks or so) under $1000 USD.

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