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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post


I think it's something that you have to try for yourself.
My suggestion is to try to listen on different time of the day.
If there's different experience, then you might go down the road finding power conditioner.

And also, try to remove all wallwart (iphone charger, other phone charger etc) from your house when listening. I found this effect on listening hd800 as the noise from wallwart really bother me even it's from my daughter bedroom (maybe different noise on different location of the world, I don't know for sure). But worth a try.

Hope it help.

 

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Originally Posted by DarKen23 View Post


Im using a APC H10. Imo, power management is something you should seriously consider if you've got spikes and sags. I have electrical issues in my home-particularly my room, lights shutting on and off on its own as well as other phenomenons. The APC H10 is a line conditioner as well as a voltage regulator and it does a fantastic job given those mysterious problems vanished. Its gives you peace of mind knowing that your investments are protected and fed a clean consistent power. As for SQ, it provided a better blackground, you wont get mind blowing improvements.

 

 

 

Thanks for your thoughts. I'm thinking right now the next upgrade I should do for the HD800 is my amp-- I've been happy with the Woo WA3, but by all accounts an amp upgrade would let the Senns show more of what they can do. Among other options, I'm thinking of the WA2...

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Yes WA2 looks awesome.  I really want to go fully balanced; the Vioelectric looks great with 3-pin XLR inputs and 4-pin headphone output.  WA22 is more than I want to spend, I think (though that may change)  Is anyone running their HD800s through an approx. $1K fully balanced tube amp ???   

Also, regarding the Furutech XLR 3-pin carbon fiber connectors, the price for the set of 4 ( males and females, to make a 1/4 adaptor) is around $300 here in Tokyo, which is crazy because the XLR cable set from Furutech is also around 300 buck here.  And then I found this:

 

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Arc, for what it's worth, my descending order of preference for the WA2 is : T1 > D7K > W3K > HD800 ( yes, we have the same collection of cans tongue.gif)
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Nice looking 4 pin XLR's are hard to come by - I think it's only the Neutrik range.  

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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

Arc, for what it's worth, my descending order of preference for the WA2 is : T1 > D7K > W3K > HD800 ( yes, we have the same collection of cans tongue.gif)

 

Hmm, interesting. (Good taste btw ;-)) How do you find the HD800 comes up short with the WA2 compared to the other cans? Thanks. (Also good to know the D7K and W3K can work with the amp).

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I mean, objectively it sounds really good - they are both quality pieces of kit. But the WA2 doesn't play to the strengths of the Senns to the same extent as the others.

Sorry for the short answer - gotta get the kids into bed.
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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

I mean, objectively it sounds really good - they are both quality pieces of kit. But the WA2 doesn't play to the strengths of the Senns to the same extent as the others.

Sorry for the short answer - gotta get the kids into bed.

 

Gotcha.

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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post

I mean, objectively it sounds really good - they are both quality pieces of kit. But the WA2 doesn't play to the strengths of the Senns to the same extent as the others.

Sorry for the short answer - gotta get the kids into bed.

 

i felt the same way until i heard the HD 800 with the GEC 6AS7G, it was a huge difference, the WA2 sounded like a much more expensive amp. 

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Okay, to expand a bit - for me the Senns are about detail and staging, whereas the Woo makes music lush and musical. The T1 manages to bring that out of the woo better - the tunes seem to flow more. The Senns already have such a huge soundstage that the woo does nothing for them on that count but makes the T1 sound just about perfect to my ears - sometimes I think the 800s sound unnaturally big.

It may also just be personal bias. I still prefer both the T1 and the W3k to the 800s even when using amps that respectively flatter each headphone the best in my opinion.
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it probably is just preference, i know i change my opinion of hd 800 all the time 

 

the T1 is my favorite with WA2, but i did not like it with WA6-SE, at all. 

 

i did not like the HD 800 with the WA2 until i got those GEC tubes, they used to sound veiled and boring sounding. 

 

i haven't heard the W3000 yet, only the W1000 and W5000, but as of now, no audio technica would ever come anywhere close to being preferred to the HD 800, on any system.


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 9/25/13 at 10:14am
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post


i felt the same way until i heard the HD 800 with the GEC 6AS7G, it was a huge difference, the WA2 sounded like a much more expensive amp. 

That's why I have this lovely,






no, I mean this lovely


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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

it probably is just preference, i know i change my opinion of hd 800 all the time 

the T1 is my favorite with WA2, but i did not like it with WA6-SE, at all. 

i did not like the HD 800 with the WA2 until i got those GEC tubes, they used to sound veiled and boring sounding. 

i haven't heard the W3000 yet, only the W1000 and W5000, but as of now, no audio technica would ever come anywhere close to being preferred to the HD 800, on any system.

To be fair I really did not like the W3K or the T1 on the V200.
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Originally Posted by Pudu View Post


That's why I have this lovely,






no, I mean this lovely


 

Zana Deux!
 
have u tried it with the sophia 6SL7, the sound is identical to the WA2 with the GEC tubes, like 100% identical basically.
 
i found it too fast for my tastes with HD 800 though with  the tubes you have right now.
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*That's why I have this lovely*

 

LOL

post #5775 of 17733

The ZDSE only sounds identical to ANYTHING with untrained ears. It's better than the WA5LE in all areas too. :smile:

 

-Daniel

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