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I posted it "Show us your head-fi station" but here's the current state of my HD800 Desktop rig: 

 

 

 

Old Dacmagic as DAC, Meier Corda Jazz and Antique sound Lab MG Head OTL ( 2XEL84 Mullard + 12AX7 Siemens ) as amps, 4 feet Custom Cable made by a friend. 


Edited by Sorrodje - 10/4/13 at 2:17am
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nice setup

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I have been riding the HD800 train for a while now, but may finally come to a rest. I need some more time to really quarry out the nuances into coherent writing, but the HD800 is more sensitive to source than I previously thought. I've been enjoying both the Reference 7/ Master 7 + Balancing Act (EML Solid Plate 300b's + Mullard ECC35 in the driver seat) very much lately. Peter from Double Helix supplied the balanced cable.

Previously the Zana Deux + Beta was the summit, but the BA dredges out the micro shades a little better and facilitates a wonderful awareness of venue space. I still wouldn't throw on a "loudnes-for-loudness-sake" recording on it, because the HD800 has a way of damning it, but put on some Joni Mitchell or James Taylor and hear them whisper directly into your ears.
Edited by ericfarrell85 - 10/7/13 at 9:17pm
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Previously the Zana Deux + Beta was the summit, but the BA dredges out the micro shades a little better and facilitates a wonderful awareness of venue space. I still wouldn't throw on a "loudnes-for-loudness-sake" recording on it, because the HD800 has a way of damning it, but put on some Joni Mitchell or James Taylor and hear them whisper directly into your ears.

Whoa, you freaked me out, I'm listening to some Joni Mitchell as I read this lol.

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Those moments are the nuggets of gold for me. I love it when it feels live.

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Subscribed!

 

I just found a great deal on a almost new HD800 and it is my best headphone yet. I love it and the last week I have been longing to get home from work every day to play with my new toy. Going through my music collection one more time and everything just sounds awesome. 

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Subscribed!

I just found a great deal on a almost new HD800 and it is my best headphone yet. I love it and the last week I have been longing to get home from work every day to play with my new toy. Going through my music collection one more time and everything just sounds awesome. 
Welcome aboard rasmushorn biggrin.gif. Remember me? I sent you a few PMs regarding the iqube portable amplifier.
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Welcome aboard rasmushorn biggrin.gif. Remember me? I sent you a few PMs regarding the iqube portable amplifier.

 

Hehe yes I remember. Reminds me that I think I will try how HD800 pairs with the iQube. I still use the iQube regularly as it pairs very well with my T5p. 

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Subscribed!

 

I just found a great deal on a almost new HD800 and it is my best headphone yet. I love it and the last week I have been longing to get home from work every day to play with my new toy. Going through my music collection one more time and everything just sounds awesome. 

 

Welcome aboard! . I'm very interested to hear you impressions over the long term about HD800/Meier Concerto Synergy ! 

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Welcome aboard! . I'm very interested to hear you impressions over the long term about HD800/Meier Concerto Synergy ! 

 

To begin with I used the Concerto with my Beyer T1's and I loved the synergy there. I have kept the Concerto because I knew that I would either get a T1 or HD800 again. At the moment I just think it sounds great. I am sure the Concerto has the potential to drive the HD800 to its full potential. I think it is only a matter of liking the signature or not. It is very neutral with the Concerto. I hear a lot of details and that amazing soundstage. So far I am not planning to find another amplifier but in the long run you never know.

 

I have earlier had a few tube-amps and I have a feeling that at some point tubes may be something I should try. I have preferred analytical and bright sounding headphones/amplifiers but with the HD800 I might try a good tube amp in the future.

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Welcome aboard! . I'm very interested to hear you impressions over the long term about HD800/Meier Concerto Synergy ! 

To begin with I used the Concerto with my Beyer T1's and I loved the synergy there. I have kept the Concerto because I knew that I would either get a T1 or HD800 again. At the moment I just think it sounds great. I am sure the Concerto has the potential to drive the HD800 to its full potential. I think it is only a matter of liking the signature or not. It is very neutral with the Concerto. I hear a lot of details and that amazing soundstage. So far I am not planning to find another amplifier but in the long run you never know.

I have earlier had a few tube-amps and I have a feeling that at some point tubes may be something I should try. I have preferred analytical and bright sounding headphones/amplifiers but with the HD800 I might try a good tube amp in the future.
In that case, you might want to try the A18 amp from Yulong audio.
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I have been listening to my HD800 in the last couple of days, which is re cabled with a solid core silver/gold cable on the recently acquired Cavalli LAu.

 

The Lau has about 150 hours but is still burning in so I will be brief:- 

 

Smooth, balanced, coherent and having a more dense sounding presentation. Where images used to be etched out, now, there is more interplay......basically sounds like a different headphone, but still maintains the soundstaging qualities but is just so much more refined sounding and if I may say so, rather musical.....

 

I will post more thoughts as I gather them, and will compare with my other Headphone. 

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I have been listening to my HD800 in the last couple of days, which is re cabled with a solid core silver/gold cable on the recently acquired Cavalli LAu.

 

The Lau has about 150 hours but is still burning in so I will be brief:- 

 

Smooth, balanced, coherent and having a more dense sounding presentation. Where images used to be etched out, now, there is more interplay......basically sounds like a different headphone, but still maintains the soundstaging qualities but is just so much more refined sounding and if I may say so, rather musical.....

 

I will post more thoughts as I gather them, and will compare with my other Headphone. 

Sorry if you have been asked this already, what brand is the silver/gold cable for your HD800's?

post #5894 of 12409

Ive had my HD800 for about 2 months now and I think I like the LCD headphones a lot better. Are tube amps really that good on the HD800?

 

I get the feeling that Ive made a purchase with these headphones without considering just how much more I actually have to spend to listen to them properly. The prices on a headphone amplifier, a dac, as well as all the other things gives me a sick feeling in the gut.


Edited by youngGeezeh - 10/9/13 at 2:02pm
post #5895 of 12409

What about Head Experience Trafomatic with HD 800 ?

Pierre Paya in France speaks highly of it. 

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