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I heard the stratus & liquid gold? which ever is the newer one at the same meet. The stratus sounded very good but had tubes in it that made it bright as hell. I asked Donald to put the stock tubes in and it sounded much better to me but not as smooth as the liquid gold. But I can only assume if it had Sophia Princess tubes which everyone w/ a hd800 seems to say are a match w/ them.

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Hold on now, it's definitely not pointless! I've achieved very nice sound with this set up, which I'd classify as a step up over almost everything under 3000$ in the headphone amps world (not sure about the Stratus as I haven't compared side-to-side, but my amp also drives the HE6 better so...). I've yet to hear the GSX MKII though.

 

Well, I wasn't really thinking about your lovely MC225 when I made that comment.

 

When people ask about speaker taps, 99% of the time, it is the context of a 70's vintage Pioneer or Sansui integrated amp they picked up on eBay or a Chinese box made of plastic that their DVD player is plugged into.

 

Your McIntosh is a rare bird indeed. And a bird with tubes, which also changes the equation, in my opinion. You have found your own personal heaven, but the way tube outputs and geriatric caps affect frequency response is unpredictable, and ultimately a matter of experimentation, trial and error, and personal taste.

 

But yes, I admit you are right and I should not have used the word "pointless."

post #5253 of 13423

Hmm a WA5-LE popped up for sale about an hour ago, but posted in the headphone amp section instead of the FS section. For those interested: http://www.head-fi.org/t/679846/woo-audio-wa5-le

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Hmm a WA5-LE popped up for sale about an hour ago, but posted in the headphone amp section instead of the FS section. For those interested: http://www.head-fi.org/t/679846/woo-audio-wa5-le

I need to get a job!

post #5255 of 13423
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Hmm a WA5-LE popped up for sale about an hour ago, but posted in the headphone amp section instead of the FS section. For those interested: http://www.head-fi.org/t/679846/woo-audio-wa5-le

I need to get a job!

It tends to help...biggrin.gif

post #5256 of 13423

I was first to message the WA5-LE guyvery_evil_smiley.gif...I think. confused.gif Offered payment...just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone with experience know which tube sets he has listed that should work best with the HD800?

 

-Daniel

post #5257 of 13423

I would go with the Takatsuki TA-300B's and the EML 5U4 mesh.....evil_smiley.gif

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Well, I wasn't really thinking about your lovely MC225 when I made that comment.

When people ask about speaker taps, 99% of the time, it is the context of a 70's vintage Pioneer or Sansui integrated amp they picked up on eBay or a Chinese box made of plastic that their DVD player is plugged into.

Your McIntosh is a rare bird indeed. And a bird with tubes, which also changes the equation, in my opinion. You have found your own personal heaven, but the way tube outputs and geriatric caps affect frequency response is unpredictable, and ultimately a matter of experimentation, trial and error, and personal taste.

But yes, I admit you are right and I should not have used the word "pointless."
No hard feelings my friend! It is trial and error for sure though, I did have to experiment a bit, but on first listen i knew it was special.

The problem with the HE adaptor is that it's 8-10 ohms and made for the Hifiman orthos whereas the HD800 is 300 ohm and a dynamic.
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how do you think a mytek 192 would play with the GSX-2?

 

since its supposed to be very neutral though some find it slightly warm after burn in, some find it slightly edgy.

Hard to say, sorry as I haven't heard that DAC. redface.gif

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will you ever go back to tubes or are you all solid state these days? maybe 300b?

No plans whatsoever. wink.gif

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Yeah so I test drove a Ferrari and it wouldn't f***ing drive. It's a piece of crap garbage car, because it won't even go!!@# NEVER get a Ferrari, UGH!

obtw it didn't have wheels cuz it was getting work done at the shop.

 

And let's not forget that the Ferrari really needs a balanced source in order to hear the full amp. But great analogy. smile.gif

post #5260 of 13423
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I was first to message the WA5-LE guyvery_evil_smiley.gif...I think. confused.gif Offered payment...just waiting to hear back now. Does anyone with experience know which tube sets he has listed that should work best with the HD800?

 

-Daniel

you know why the link is dead? maybe this should be a pm? 

post #5261 of 13423
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I heard the stratus & liquid gold? which ever is the newer one at the same meet. The stratus sounded very good but had tubes in it that made it bright as hell. I asked Donald to put the stock tubes in and it sounded much better to me but not as smooth as the liquid gold. But I can only assume if it had Sophia Princess tubes which everyone w/ a hd800 seems to say are a match w/ them.

Hi, may I know which meet did you hear them from? I wonder if the Stratus was fitted with EML 2A3 tube which could make the Stratus a bit too aggressive and upfront with HD800.

post #5262 of 13423
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you know why the link is dead? maybe this should be a pm? 

Cause it was in the wrong forum.  If that's what you are asking?

post #5263 of 13423
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you know why the link is dead? maybe this should be a pm? 

 

Well I PM'd him to ask him to get it moved to the FS forums. Then I 'flagged' his post-asking a mod to move it there. So maybe it's all my fault it got deleted lol. Either way-he still hasn't responded to any of my PMs yet.

 

-Daniel

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I can see I've gotten all I can from this thread. Unsubbed.

 

 

G44


Edited by BournePerfect - 9/2/13 at 6:08pm
post #5265 of 13423
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

No hard feelings my friend! It is trial and error for sure though, I did have to experiment a bit, but on first listen i knew it was special.

The problem with the HE adaptor is that it's 8-10 ohms and made for the Hifiman orthos whereas the HD800 is 300 ohm and a dynamic.

I didn't know the resitance inside the HiFiMan box. That would definitely change the response of the HD800.
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