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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

^^ Looking great LugBug!!  Long live the vintage steel. I'm about to use my sx1080 to put the hd800 to the test. :wink:

Cheers bud, It's like I know for a fact that they're gonna sound great out of your sx1080 :D

 

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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

I recently heard the arcam and the nad m51 side by side. I expected to hear a world of difference between the 2 considering that one costs 2000+. I spent around 3 hours with the 2 of them. I was surprised to find the differences were really subtle. The nad was smoother and that was about it. I was using the hd800 of course and the HDVD600 and Wa2. 

 

I think im happy enough with the arcam. I dont fancy paying an extra 1500 for a bit more smoothness. 

Thats really cool. Ignore the 5 percenters my friend. Arcam were the first to build a commercial dac back in the day, they know their schiit. ;) 

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The amp is a bigger deal. Now to decide on a Glenn OTL or 300B!
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Glenn 2a3!
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I would like to thank everyone who responded to my question on the HD800 paired with the HDVD800 and 600. One last question, my CD player has both balanced outputs and RCA jacks. I'm thinking of running the HD800 and HDVD600 in pure balanced mode, (once I order the balanced cables for the hd800 from Sennheiser). Anyone here compared the balanced vs unbalanced using these components?
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not me

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Originally Posted by macbob713 View Post

I would like to thank everyone who responded to my question on the HD800 paired with the HDVD800 and 600. One last question, my CD player has both balanced outputs and RCA jacks. I'm thinking of running the HD800 and HDVD600 in pure balanced mode, (once I order the balanced cables for the hd800 from Sennheiser). Anyone here compared the balanced vs unbalanced using these components?


look in the hdvd800-600 thread, most feedback is in big favor to the balanced output, most stating it being another league, for the better ofc

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Originally Posted by roskodan View Post


look in the hdvd800-600 thread, most feedback is in big favor to the balanced output, most stating it being another league, for the better ofc

Ok, thanks for the tip.
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Originally Posted by roskodan View Post
 


look in the hdvd800-600 thread, most feedback is in big favor to the balanced output, most stating it being another league, for the better ofc

 

What is "better ofc?"

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What is "better ofc?"

"ofc" is internet slang for "of course"

 

so he is saying "better of course"

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Ok... this question has been bugging my mind for a while now.... has anyone that own both the buffalo DAC and balanced HD800 has tried a comparison between direct DAC driven vs having another amplifier?
 

In theory the Buffalo DAC (in balance) provides more than enough power to properly drive the HD800, but ..... just out of curiosity, has anyone compared directly driven by the DAC vs having an amplifier in the middle. In one hand, directly out of the DAC is as pure as sound processing can be in most usual set ups... on the other hand, a headphone amplifier may provide the tiny extra juice HD800 might need.....

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Ok, just a very quick question.

 

I currently have a Lehmann BCL powering my HD800 (with custom after market silver/copper hybrid cables).

 

The sound is very fast, very detailed but also way too sterile for my taste. And the lack of bass is disturbing me.

 

I have the ALO Pan Am and the little amp is way more musical than the Lehmann, with a tad bit more bass as well.

 

As such, i am looking for a replacement for the Lehmann. I listen to mostly Jazz (Coltrane, Ben Webster, Ella Fitzgerald etc etc), with a little classical and electro thrown in. I prefer a slightly warmish sound ( But not at the expense of a bloated bass and rolled off high end)

 

I've shortlisted it the following amps -

 

1) Yulong A18

2) Woo Audio WA2

3) Little Dot MK VIII SE

 

Would be interested to listen to other opinions that are on hand.

post #6222 of 24367

since i see you have grado and audeze too, i'll say try violectric, and a source change can make an even bigger difference in terms of warming up the sound

 

and you are in singapore so maybe try some local tube esoterica :wink_face: 

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I listened to the hd800s on the PanAm at the Tokyo show and was blown away by how good that little thing is...   

I recently got the Andix HPA 45 tube dac/amp and it sounds as good/ better than anything I`ve heard the hd800s on, and I`ve auditioned a lot of amps, including the Luxman p700 and p1, as well as the Senn amps.   I don`t know if Andix is up for mail orders yet (there website looks like it`s from the first minutes of the internet), but in any event I recommend focusing on tubes.  I haven`t heard the Violectric amps but they sure have a great rep here on Headfi...

 

BTW are your hd800s burned in?  Mine started to really blow my mind around the 150 hour mark. . . 

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Originally Posted by Dopaminer View Post
 I haven`t heard the Violectric amps but they sure have a great rep here on Headfi...

 

especially if one is gonna use it (violectric v800 dac & v200 amp) with grados, lcd2s and hd800, but ofc in south east asia sure there are a lot of various flavors to choose from, the violectric setup would be more of a all in one, one for all solution, get 3 birds with one shot, but don't ask for esoteric magic, it's a correct and serious setup

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Originally Posted by Dopaminer View Post

 

BTW are your hd800s burned in?  Mine started to really blow my mind around the 150 hour mark. . . 

noticed too, tend to smooth out when burned in comparing to when new out of the box, same with beyer t1, even shure se530


Edited by roskodan - 11/12/13 at 5:32am
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Hey all,

 

Thanks for the quick replies.

 

Yep, mine are used so def. burned in (Anaxilus mod-ed as well). 

 

The Grado and Audeze are long gone i am afraid (Traded the Audeze for a UM Miracle - Those things sound, IMO, very much like the LCD-2!!!! They sound fantastic via the Pan AM).

 

I forgot to mention that my source is the Teac UD501. No qualms with my DAC at the moment, it's (imo) even more detailed and smoother than the EE Minimax that i used to have.

 

Perhaps something with a balanced connection will do the trick.

 

The Andix looks rather awesome.

 

Will listen to my Pan Am in the meantime while i ponder on the amp purchase...

 

As much as i love my tubes ( I run a Sun Audio 2A3 and Almarro 318Bn in my speaker rig), i'm, purely based on a gut feeling, leaning towards the Yulong A18 (i've seen it described numerous times on the forum as being musical and warm).

 

For anyone considering the Lehmann  to go with the HD800, may i suggest otherwise. The transparency and quickness may stun you at first, but it wears on you fast!

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