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post #6811 of 12520

ALO Studio Six > HD800 is one of the most natural and organic pairing I heard. This combination is most revealing and I do concur that the front end seems to be a limiting factor. With an appropriate front end, cables and power tweaks, its magic. I am using the Lumin network player and with good software the music sounded so "analog" with the setup. 

post #6812 of 12520
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Originally Posted by Thracian View Post

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??

 



Can you demo it with your amp?
I moved from the LCD2 to the HD800 for exactly what you've said. I've never looked back
post #6813 of 12520

Just posted some comments on the Schiit Vali and and Rega DAC for those that might be interested.  The Vali, with the right DAC, may be a great entry into really enjoying the HD800 without spending too much money.

The HD800 really does show what your source and amp can do.  A crazy combo but or me but it works.  Let me know what you think.

 

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 Let me know what you think.

 

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Great read. I'm not so surprised by your review.   

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The Vali, with the right DAC, may be a great entry into really enjoying the HD800 without spending too much money.

 

The HD800 really does show what your source and amp can do.  A crazy combo but or me but it works.

 

Agreed.

 

The new Schiit Vali pairs extremely well especially with the HD800 and a good source. I spent the last couple of days listening to the HD800 with the Master 7 and Vali and was surprised how good the sound was. So good that I did not miss my WA22 (which also pairs very well with the HD800 for that matter).

 

For those with the HD800 and on a budget, I say get the Vali and with the $$$ saved, invest that into a top-class DAC. You will not be disappointed.

post #6816 of 12520
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For those with the HD800 and on a budget, I say get the Vali and with the $$$ saved, invest that into a top-class DAC. You will not be disappointed.

 

Or, a good DAC and some top-class source files.  The HD800 forced me to (happily) discard about 10 years of mp3 music files.  Sign up with Highresaudio.com, Hdtracks, Bluecoast, Linnrecords, e-onkyo, etc. Download their free samples, use their discount codes, download free so-called `needle drop` 24-bit rips from quality vinyl for music you already own, share music with your friends.  I`ve built a new library of high-resolution music and it`s made the HD800s, my IEMs and my speakers huge sources of pleasure.  

 

To appreciate the HD800, you have to move on from over-compressed, lossy files.  The most expensive amps and dacs in the world won`t overcome the issue.  

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For those with the HD800 and on a budget, I say get the Vali and with the $$$ saved, invest that into a top-class DAC. You will not be disappointed.

 

Or, a good DAC and some top-class source files.  The HD800 forced me to (happily) discard about 10 years of mp3 music files.  Sign up with Highresaudio.com, Hdtracks, Bluecoast, Linnrecords, e-onkyo, etc. Download their free samples, use their discount codes, download free so-called `needle drop` 24-bit rips from quality vinyl for music you already own, share music with your friends.  I`ve built a new library of high-resolution music and it`s made the HD800s, my IEMs and my speakers huge sources of pleasure.  

 

To appreciate the HD800, you have to move on from over-compressed, lossy files.  The most expensive amps and dacs in the world won`t overcome the issue.  

 

Another +1 - I've done similar. I've been slowly but surely replacing/rebuilding my music library with hi-res counterparts. I don't have what most would consider a stellar DAC and amp, but with my HD800s, the Cypher Labs Algorhythm Solo -dB and the RSA Intruder (all connected balanced), my new library of hi-res music is thoroughly enjoyable. Alas it's only a USB DAC, but that's OK - I use my MacBook Pro as my primary playback device, so USB is fine, especially since the CLAS -dB supports 192KHz/24bit  playback.

 

I've had a few minor letdowns from some of the hi-res audio dealers, with rips that are less than stellar. They might be encoded with FLAC or ALAC, but if the original source was crap and the tech doing the rip wasn't well versed in good methodology, it's pretty evident. Heck, I have some MP3 rips (320K) that sound better than some of my so-called hi-res audio.

 

That said, I won't go back to ripping with a MP3 encoder. FLAC/ALAC/DSD are definitely my choice for the future.

 

Dale

post #6818 of 12520

Well I got the asgard already so i guess ill skip the Vali, but Im wondering on a tube amp (budget one) and DAC for them :D.

Just 16 days more wait :D.

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Well I got the asgard already so i guess ill skip the Vali, but Im wondering on a tube amp (budget one) and DAC for them :D.

Just 16 days more wait :D.

I use a Littledot mk3 and for about $250.00 and less if you buy it with no tubes because you can buy tubes for this amp for $5.00 each sometimes less if you want and if you like tube rolling  theres tons of 7 pin tubes that are plug and play and adaptors that can be made to use octals ,and 9 pin tubes i use the Littledot with my Senns hd800 and it sounds very good to me and i use my Burson Conductor's Dac .Check out the LITTLEDOT DOT TUBE ROLLING GUIDE thread.

post #6820 of 12520
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I use a Littledot mk3 and for about $250.00 and less if you buy it with no tubes because you can buy tubes for this amp for $5.00 each sometimes less if you want and if you like tube rolling  theres tons of 7 pin tubes that are plug and play and adaptors that can be made to use octals ,and 9 pin tubes i use the Littledot with my Senns hd800 and it sounds very good to me and i use my Burson Conductor's Dac .Check out the LITTLEDOT DOT TUBE ROLLING GUIDE thread.

The problem is where to get it in Poland :D.

post #6821 of 12520
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The problem is where to get it in Poland :D.

Have to order Littledot  from China, on EBAY from David Zhezhe or authorized dealer to get warranty.

post #6822 of 12520

That would be rather risky for me (not only id have to factor in customs, travel damage to the amp and the random "never arrived", but most importantly no chance to test it before buying it).

Hmm, I think ill postpone the tube amp a bit... this is a hobby that is just taking off in Poland so there is a chance I will see an increase in offer from audio stores in the future.

post #6823 of 12520
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Originally Posted by DarknightDK View Post

 

 

For those with the HD800 and on a budget, I say get the Vali and with the $$$ saved, invest that into a top-class DAC. You will not be disappointed.

 

Or, a good DAC and some top-class source files.  The HD800 forced me to (happily) discard about 10 years of mp3 music files.  Sign up with Highresaudio.com, Hdtracks, Bluecoast, Linnrecords, e-onkyo, etc. Download their free samples, use their discount codes, download free so-called `needle drop` 24-bit rips from quality vinyl for music you already own, share music with your friends.  I`ve built a new library of high-resolution music and it`s made the HD800s, my IEMs and my speakers huge sources of pleasure.  

 

To appreciate the HD800, you have to move on from over-compressed, lossy files.  The most expensive amps and dacs in the world won`t overcome the issue.  

Well obviously.

post #6824 of 12520

Uh yeah let's limit our music taste according to the container format, ridiculous. I'm fine with my redbook FLAC/320 and "over-compressed" music.

 

Anything more recent than Napster's 128kbit mp3s is fine and hires is just a bonus, but you don't need that to "appreciate" HD800.


Edited by hekeli - 12/10/13 at 2:47am
post #6825 of 12520
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Uh yeah let's limit our music taste according to the container format, ridiculous. I'm fine with my redbook FLAC/320 and "over-compressed" music.

 

Anything more recent than Napster's 128kbit mp3s is fine and hires is just a bonus, but you don't need that to "appreciate" HD800.

I guess your quote marks are referring to my post.  Your scorn seems odd. Perhaps you missed the context of my comment : I was adding my opinion to the discussion above about expensive DACs and amplifiers, and referring specifically to the fact that the revealing nature of higher-end gear makes lossy rips and poor mastering more blatant than lower-end gear.  So using high-end gear with low-rez music files is a waste of time and money. 
 

In my opinion, which is based on my experience, which is what this is, a forum for opinions and experiences.  And I didn`t say anything about musical tastes.  

 

What exactly is `ridiculous`? 

 

Maybe you should read more carefully. 

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