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The Yulong D18 is very similar to the Rega, but I think it's a little better. Plus, you get different sound from the XLR or RCA outs, with XLR being the warmer output.

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That's great news, especially for people trying to find their way to great sound with their purchase of these premium headphones. Look forward to hearing more about your expirence.
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The Yulong D18 is very similar to the Rega, but I think it's a little better. Plus, you get different sound from the XLR or RCA outs, with XLR being the warmer output.

 

 

Thanks for the advice :beerchug: . I'll put the Yulong D18 on my list of prospective upgrades .

 

@MickeyVee & macbob713 : I definitely agree . We can find now a used HD800 as a decent price ( about 600/700€ ) and we can find used gear to associate with and then build a fantastic Combo at a relatively low price.   I bought my HD800 600€ , my previous dacmagic at 150€ , and my MG head at 120€ . Tubes i use now costed me 130 € . 1000€ for audio bliss. 

 

 

Indeed that's not the last word for HD800 but I really think I could build a good ( may be far from perfect but at least very enjoyable)  HD800 system with used can & gear with a 1000€  budget. Vintage receivers fans could even find cheaper option I guess. 

 

That said, I would not like to be banned from Hi-end forum :D so I shoud precise that I'm convinced that more Hi End Gear can really bring something more to the table with this HD800 . :beerchug: . 


Edited by Sorrodje - 12/7/13 at 5:33am
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Has any HD800 owner here tried out Stefan AudioArt's Ultra mod for HD800? According to James (owner of SAA), the Ultra mod combined with hardwiring his Endorphin cable makes the best upgrade for HD800. Of course that's him talking, but I really couldn't find anyone who has actually tried it out. Any feedback will be much appreciated.

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Has any HD800 owner here tried out Stefan AudioArt's Ultra mod for HD800? According to James (owner of SAA), the Ultra mod combined with hardwiring his Endorphin cable makes the best upgrade for HD800. Of course that's him talking, but I really couldn't find anyone who has actually tried it out. Any feedback will be much appreciated.

Talk to preproman or fejnomit. There's also the Zeus from Aphrodite which is pretty similar to the Ultra mod.


Edited by paradoxper - 12/7/13 at 5:05am
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Hey guys!
Recently sold my LCD2 to move away from the warm sound which I sadly have grew tired from.

So, I'm thinking of picking a HD800 up in the neat future. Do y'all think it'll be picky with my Audio-GD 10.32? Seems like the HD800 is such a picky headphone. I only want to have one headphone so if i hope the HD800 will stay with me for a good while.

Also, what's the thoughts on the HD700 these days??
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It's finally easy to be impressed by HD800 the first time but It's a bit harder to live with it week after week . It definitely needs a well choosen upstream gear . Not necessrarily expensive gear but well choosen.  I purchased a HEGEL HD10 DAC a month ago. Very good DAC, neutral , accurate , not too analytical but .. HD800 hates this dac and  Music enjoyement became a nightmare .  I've a loaned Rega DAC right now and pleasure is back. Subtle differences indeed but these subtle differences can transform dream into nightmare with HD800.

 

 

The HD800 is really a very special thing.  OK I admit I beat a dead horse :o but now I can talk about my own experience.

 

I had a similar feeling when I got my Buffalo III. Of course I eventually replaced the HD800 with Stax but nonetheless the HD800 is a picky little thing. If not for the Buffalo there's a chance I might have sold the HD800 instead of the HE6 when I had both. 

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Has any HD800 owner here tried out Stefan AudioArt's Ultra mod for HD800? According to James (owner of SAA), the Ultra mod combined with hardwiring his Endorphin cable makes the best upgrade for HD800. Of course that's him talking, but I really couldn't find anyone who has actually tried it out. Any feedback will be much appreciated.

 

Yeah contact fejnomit I think he got the full Ultra mod done.  I only got the Hardwiring done.  Now contact snapple10 she has my pair now.  Not sure if she had a stock pair before these to compare to.  That was my second pair.  And yes there was a clear difference between the hardwired Endorphon cable pair and each stock pair I had.

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I was thinking about that mod as well. Few things keep me from doing so. Has SAA ever released the type of wire they use in their cables? It is hard to even read through all the hyperbole and vagueness on their website...

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I was thinking about that mod as well. Few things keep me from doing so. Has SAA ever released the type of wire they use in their cables? It is hard to even read through all the hyperbole and vagueness on their website...

 

To quote James,

 

"We use a proprietary Ultra-pure copper formulated to yield a rich, musical sonic presentation. It is the best in the industry - guaranteed."

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I tell you what.  I felt like I got the wool pulled over my eyes when I felt how thick and fully the sleeve was then how thin the cable was inside. Not sure if the thinness of a cable makes a difference or not, but that cable sure is thin.  Yes what made me feel better about it was the SQ.

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Hey guys!
Recently sold my LCD2 to move away from the warm sound which I sadly have grew tired from.

So, I'm thinking of picking a HD800 up in the neat future. Do y'all think it'll be picky with my Audio-GD 10.32? Seems like the HD800 is such a picky headphone. I only want to have one headphone so if i hope the HD800 will stay with me for a good while.

Also, what's the thoughts on the HD700 these days??

IME the HD800 aren't really picky with amps at all. What they are is transparent. This means that if you have a bad sounding amp then the Senn's will sound bad. But how many bad sounding amps are there these days? Not many. Source is more important ime once you have a decent enough amp. Your Audio GD amp will be fine and I guarantee it will wipe the floor (never understood that saying..) compared to your LCD2. 

 

Having said that, the better the amp the better the HD800 will sound. They scale through the roof - into the sky and all the way to outer space! Yes outer space! But just be wary of black holes, coz if you get snagged in one of em buggars you could end up spending and spending without any real improvement.. 

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To quote James,

 

"We use a proprietary Ultra-pure copper formulated to yield a rich, musical sonic presentation. It is the best in the industry - guaranteed."

 

Which could mean OFC, OFHC, OCC, UP-OCC, or even ETP. All of them are small percentage apart (95%-99.99-%) which could mean "ultra-pure" depending on the individual's definition. They have a serious lack of technical info about their wire which makes me think they don't want people to know.

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Which could mean OFC, OFHC, OCC, UP-OCC, or even ETP. All of them are small percentage apart (95%-99.99-%) which could mean "ultra-pure" depending on the individual's definition. They have a serious lack of technical info about their wire which makes me think they don't want people to know.

 

E,

 

James is a great guy to talk to.  I'm sure he would tell you all the specifics if you call him.  Real easy guy to get along with and very professional.

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E,

 

James is a great guy to talk to.  I'm sure he would tell you all the specifics if you call him.  Real easy guy to get along with and very professional.

 

Cool, maybe I'll give him a holler and see if I can get the skinny. :D

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