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Hi guys, can you HD800 gurus help me out on the polling here http://www.head-fi.org/t/696721/which-of-these-tube-amps-would-be-best-to-pair-hd800 :D

 

 

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I cant say enough good things about the Fosgate Signature/HD800 pairing, it is like the amp was made for them.

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Any info regarding Graham Slee Solo Ultralinear pairing with HD800? Cause I read somewhere that Graham Slee uses Sennheiser phones to test their amps (not sure which model).

 

 

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I only know one graham slee owner but he uses grado. 

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Any info regarding Graham Slee Solo Ultralinear pairing with HD800? Cause I read somewhere that Graham Slee uses Sennheiser phones to test their amps (not sure which model).

 

 

Cheers

I haven't heard it, but I think you can do better for the money these days. The lehmann amp (I have heard) is very similar apparently and so what you will get is a typical solid state sound with very low distortion and great neutrality. Boring. :D This is just my 2 cents regarding these high priced SS amps. About 10 year ago they were all that there was and they were designed to work well with  HD600/650. The HD800 is much more transparent than those hp's and your choice of amp is of much more importance ime. The Solo and Lehmann will give you a great detailed, balanced and tight sound, but I feel that a good tube amp can give more satisfaction with the HD800's in regards to body, depth and atmosphere. Some of my vintage amps wipe the floor of the Lehmann in regards to pure engagement of music. Not as tight or detailed, but enjoyment of music is what its all about.      

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New HD800s arriving tomorrow. :smile:

 

The wallet emptying continues... :confused_face:

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hahaha

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Lulz
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It looks my ride with the HD800 are over. These were my first TOTL headphones and boy were they good. However ever since getting Stax they haven't been used as often and it just doesn't make sense for something so expensive to just sit there in a box. I'll probably regret them at some point every now and then :)

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Interesting turn of events Rawrster. I went from the 007 mk1 to the HD800 and have no regrets at all. The 007s to me just sound off, and have poor staging, and I wasn't looking forward to the $5-6k amp requirement to bring out their potential. They aren't as comfortable either.
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I kept both for probably a year or so but as time went on the HD800 got used less and less with almost no use in the last 6-7 months or so. I simplified my HD800 setup to just my Anedio D1 dac/amp (which I'm on the fence about selling or keeping to use with my ciem or get something smaller that isn't overkill). The SR007 isn't for everyone and I feel like I haven't brought out it's full potential but it's good enough to use 99% of the time when I'm at home. It's not a knock against the HD800 which I still consider #1 among current headphones that are not Stax. I considered sending these to colorware to all black but it never happened.

 

My preferences have changed slightly as well to balanced with a bit of warmth which could have contributed to this. However with the SR007 I feel like I've found my end game.

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Interesting move rawrster, do the 007's have more meat on the bone compared to the HD800's? 

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They do have different signatures but in a nutshell the HD800 is more neutral with more precision and the O2 is better balanced with more warmth. Over time I ended up enjoying the O2 more as it is a slightly more relaxed sound. This is what I wanted the LCD2 to sound like but with more highs and not as much bass would be the best headphone example I can think of in terms of sound signature.

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Well, count me in.  My HD800 will arrive next week.  This will be it for me in this interesting hobby.  I won't sink anymore $ into HP/Amp/DAC.

You can say that I am at "end game" and very content.

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