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post #6586 of 13448
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post
 

 

Lol. Told you so?

 

Okay, I concede. I won't be the first time that reputation did not match up the actual experience. :wink:

post #6587 of 13448

Get some Bugle Boys in that chain. The Globes are fun but they do stifle the HD800.

post #6588 of 13448
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Okay, I concede. I won't be the first time that reputation did not match up the actual experience. :wink:

Have you tried them on your vintage steel yet? 

post #6589 of 13448
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Have you tried them on your vintage steel yet? 

 

Very good on the old Pioneers for sure. The 1280 gives them the best sound but has a light hiss. 

post #6590 of 13448
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

Very good on the old Pioneers for sure. The 1280 gives them the best sound but has a light hiss. 

Shame about the hiss... its the same for me on some of my vintage. Its crazy because then I plug my K701 (62ohm) in and there is no hiss at all :O 

 

This impedance thing still confuses me! 

post #6591 of 13448
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Originally Posted by olor1n View Post
 

Get some Bugle Boys in that chain. The Globes are fun but they do stifle the HD800.

I want to get bugle boys myself. Do you think the change will be very noticeable in WA2 - i have 7308's in now. using 5998 as well. 

post #6592 of 13448
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Just wanted to say that even on inferior equipment, lyr/bf, the hd800 is one of the best hp's that I've heard. The sound stage and resolution are simply mesmerizing. The comfort is supreme. I expected them to be somewhat bright and possibly harsh...they are not.

Did you think that at first listen?,  or did you have that "moment of clarity" like myself?

post #6593 of 13448
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Just wanted to say that even on inferior equipment, lyr/bf, the hd800 is one of the best hp's that I've heard. The sound stage and resolution are simply mesmerizing. The comfort is supreme. I expected them to be somewhat bright and possibly harsh...they are not. 

and there is nothing inferior about lyr/bf either so don't make it sound like such.

 

HD800 sound more than decent on my Fiio E17/E9K combo.


Edited by koiloco - 11/23/13 at 10:07am
post #6594 of 13448
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

Did you think that at first listen?,  or did you have that "moment of clarity" like myself?

 

 

It took me a couple days to wrap by mind around the presentation. Then I was able to just close my eyes and get lost. Just a beautiful hp.

post #6595 of 13448
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

and there is nothing inferior about lyr/bf either so don't make it sound like such.

 

HD800 sound more than decent on my Fiio E17/E9K combo.

i did find the lyr (mine had matsu****a 6922 tubes) was not particularly good for the hd800 though. specifically the bass impact and extension was noticeably worse than other amps i've compared to (eg v200, wa2). actually even the $250 little dot mk3 did a better job on the hd800 than the lyr IMO. other areas the lyr was fine, the low frequencies were where i noticed the biggest difference. the lyr was noticeably better than the OTLs I had at driving my he-500 though

 

but i guess i wouldnt call the lyr inferior overall, but for the hd800 you can definite do better for the money (for less money even, if you dont have any orthos). of course this is all from my own experience

post #6596 of 13448
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Originally Posted by Jd007 View Post
 

i did find the lyr (mine had matsu****a 6922 tubes) was not particularly good for the hd800 though. specifically the bass impact and extension was noticeably worse than other amps i've compared to (eg v200, wa2). actually even the $250 little dot mk3 did a better job on the hd800 than the lyr IMO. other areas the lyr was fine, the low frequencies were where i noticed the biggest difference. the lyr was noticeably better than the OTLs I had at driving my he-500 though

 

but i guess i wouldnt call the lyr inferior overall, but for the hd800 you can definite do better for the money (for less money even, if you dont have any orthos). of course this is all from my own experience

 

i think the WA2 is leagues ahead of the Lyr as well when it comes to the hd 800.the lyr isn't a bad amp with the right tubes, just that OTLs are very nice with hd 800. and with the GEC 6AS7G and the WA2, i think its on the level of just about any other system ;)

post #6597 of 13448
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

i think the WA2 is leagues ahead of the Lyr as well when it comes to the hd 800.the lyr isn't a bad amp with the right tubes, just that OTLs are very nice with hd 800. and with the GEC 6AS7G and the WA2, i think its on the level of just about any other system ;)

which is why you should sell me a pair. ;)

post #6598 of 13448

i would charge about as much as the people on ebay are selling them for. about 500-600 a pair. and i have 4 pairs

 

i got 2 pairsof the curved base, both are basically NOS/NIB. and the straight base, one pair is completely NIB and the other is slightly used.

post #6599 of 13448
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

 

It took me a couple days to wrap by mind around the presentation. Then I was able to just close my eyes and get lost. Just a beautiful hp.

Beautiful indeed. I often think how could these be improved in SQ for my personal preference.. And in all honesty I wouldn't change a thing. 

post #6600 of 13448

I have a question about the HD800s and output impedance.

 

I'm currently using my pair with a Benchmark DAC2 HGC which has an output impedance of close to zero. I read recently on one of the HD800 threads (and I can't find it now) that the HD800s sound better with a higher output impedance (in fact, I think the new Sennheiser amps are in the 40 ohm range or so), otherwise the bass impact is lacking which is what I appear to be experiencing. Frankly, the bass impact from my ES5's with an AK120 is much better on the same material than with my desktop rig.  

 

Have any of you experienced the same with an amp with low output impedance?  Benchmark claims that the zero output impedance provides the best control of the transducers, but based upon the descriptions I'm reading here, I'm thinking that this isn't a good match for the HD800s.

 

I am thinking about getting a SS amp for the HD800s, so should I be looking for an output impedance greater than zero, in the range of the Sennheiser amps or something else?

 

Thanks.

 

ChrisG

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