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Just want to let you guys know my HD-800 with balanced cable is up for sale :)

 

 

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Lol, as was mine. Good luck with the sales.

Absolute madness. :biggrin: 

 

Suppose there's no accounting for taste... ;) 


Edited by LugBug1 - 12/30/13 at 11:03am
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Apparently the $100 Wire didn't tap the Senns potential Brunk? :o

 

In other news, the Vali's bass just thumps with the HD800 at times.what a great little monster amp for it's price-probably sneaking it the top 5 amps for the HD800 that I've owned-cost no object either. ZDSE, P1u, Bryston, Vali/m-Stage is my quick five second order...

 

-Daniel

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Apparently the $100 Wire didn't tap the Senns potential Brunk? :o

 

In other news, the Vali's bass just thumps with the HD800 at times.what a great little monster amp for it's price-probably sneaking it the top 5 amps for the HD800 that I've owned-cost no object either. ZDSE, P1u, Bryston, Vali/m-Stage is my quick five second order...

 

-Daniel

Hmmm next pay day.. :D

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Hmmm next pay day.. :D

 

For what-the Vali? I was just telling Cradon via PM that the Vali reminds me  a lot of the WA5LE w/tube upgrades w/ the HD800. The Woo is more transparent, but they seem to have similar sonics imo: thumping rounded bass, 'big' upfront sound, nice highs that are still somewhat sibilant. And yes, I took the Woo into consideration while making the above list. :O

 

-Daniel

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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

Apparently the Wire didn't tap the Senns potential Brunk? :o

 

In other news, the Vali's bass just thumps with the HD800 at times.what a great little monster amp for it's price-probably sneaking it the top 5 amps for the HD800 that I've owned-cost no object either. ZDSE, P1u, Bryston, Vali/m-Stage is my quick five second order...

 

-Daniel

No, The Wire BAL-BAL is an absolute monster amp for the HD-800. I just no longer prefer their sound signature. Matter of fact, I don't think there's a much better option than a fully balanced wire amp regardless of price. Exceptions would be some tube amps to tailor your flavor of course. My HD-800 is still up for sale guys! I also have an 8ft. balanced extension cable available if you like to move around :)

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For what-the Vali? I was just telling Cradon via PM that the Vali reminds me  a lot of the WA5LE w/tube upgrades w/ the HD800. The Woo is more transparent, but they seem to have similar sonics imo: thumping rounded bass, 'big' upfront sound, nice highs that are still somewhat sibilant. And yes, I took the Woo into consideration while making the above list. :O

 

-Daniel


I'm having Cradon come over to my house for a mini meet... Looking forward to trying his DNA Stratus again! Last time his M7 wasn't playing nicely with my surface pro, so I couldn't use my own music. He was pretty impressed by the Vali though :P

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For what-the Vali? I was just telling Cradon via PM that the Vali reminds me  a lot of the WA5LE w/tube upgrades w/ the HD800. The Woo is more transparent, but they seem to have similar sonics imo: thumping rounded bass, 'big' upfront sound, nice highs that are still somewhat sibilant. And yes, I took the Woo into consideration while making the above list. :O

 

-Daniel

Yeah the Vali. I'm gona see if it can compete with my better vintage amps at the mo :) For the price its a no brainer! 

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No, The Wire BAL-BAL is an absolute monster amp for the HD-800. I just no longer prefer their sound signature. Matter of fact, I don't think there's a much better option than a fully balanced wire amp regardless of price. Exceptions would be some tube amps to tailor your flavor of course. My HD-800 is still up for sale guys! I also have an 8ft. balanced extension cable available if you like to move around :)

 

I thought you didn't get the balanced one?? Either way-do you have impressions anywhere?

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I'm having Cradon come over to my house for a mini meet... Looking forward to trying his DNA Stratus again! Last time his M7 wasn't playing nicely with my surface pro, so I couldn't use my own music. He was pretty impressed by the Vali though :P

 

Looking forward to your impressions...the Stratus seems to be all the rage for the HD800, I'm sure you guys will have a blast!

 

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Yeah the Vali. I'm gona see if it can compete with my better vintage amps at the mo :) For the price its a no brainer!

Nice-I wish I still had an m-Stage to compare side by side. I think I still might prefer it's warmer sig with the Senn overall, although they are both ridiculously good at their pricepoints. I might just give the m-Stage HPA-2 a shot in the near future-John's preliminary reports seem to indicate it's better than the original.

 

-Daniel

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I thought you didn't get the balanced one?? Either way-do you have impressions anywhere?

 

-Daniel

Yeah I built a balanced one. This amp is seriously good. You don't even realize it's powered on, dead quiet. There is no shortage of power, approx. 7W into 100 ohms, and I can't even measure the output impedance with a standard DMM. Music is effortless, airy, and is the most transparent headphone amp I have never heard lol! I am currently using it with just the DA8's preamp output, but I can tell it deserves more. I wouldn't hesitate to put this in front of a much costlier DAC. Bass is also incredible, but it has no bloom, so what you get is exactly what your DAC is capable of. It really is a gem, and I can't believe no one else around here hasn't thought of getting this amp. It's also quite small, and I am wanting to put either a Khozmo or Alps quad pot inside the box. If I was to sum up this amp in one word it would be "pure".

 

Best,

Brunk

post #7060 of 24299
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Yeah I built a balanced one. This amp is seriously good. You don't even realize it's powered on, dead quiet. There is no shortage of power, approx. 7W into 100 ohms, and I can't even measure the output impedance with a standard DMM. Music is effortless, airy, and is the most transparent headphone amp I have never heard lol! I am currently using it with just the DA8's preamp output, but I can tell it deserves more. I wouldn't hesitate to put this in front of a much costlier DAC. Bass is also incredible, but it has no bloom, so what you get is exactly what your DAC is capable of. It really is a gem, and I can't believe no one else around here hasn't thought of getting this amp. It's also quite small, and I am wanting to put either a Khozmo or Alps quad pot inside the box. If I was to sum up this amp in one word it would be "pure".

 

Best,

Brunk

Ok I'll take it. How much? ;) My diy skills would be terrible I bet so I have haven't pulled the trigger. Anyone sell them prebuilt?

 

-Daniel

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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

Ok I'll take it. How much? ;) My diy skills would be terrible I bet so I have haven't pulled the trigger. Anyone sell them prebuilt?

 

-Daniel

I can definitely build one for you :) Just send me a PM with options you want and I'll shoot you a quote. Unity gain or higher? I recommend unity gain for HD-800. Dual Mono PSU? 7N Silver UP-OCC Wire? Volume Pot and what brand/type? Again I recommend without, so you can put a high-end pre in front of it, your call. What kind of case/color do you desire? Is a Hammond box, or Chinese headphone amp box acceptable, or do you want something nicer? 

 

Best,

Brunk


Edited by brunk - 12/30/13 at 1:04pm
post #7062 of 24299
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post
 

Ok I'll take it. How much? ;) My diy skills would be terrible I bet so I have haven't pulled the trigger. Anyone sell them prebuilt?

 

-Daniel

I can definitely build one for you :) Just send me a PM with options you want and I'll shoot you a quote. Unity gain or higher? I recommend unity gain for HD-800. Dual Mono PSU? 7N Silver UP-OCC Wire? Volume Pot and what brand/type? Again I recommend without, so you can put a high-end one in front of it, your call. What kind of case/color do you desire? Is a Hammond box, or Chinese headphone amp box acceptable, or do you want something nicer? 

 

Best,

Brunk

Altoids metal box for heat sink properties.


Edited by DarKen23 - 12/30/13 at 1:03pm
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Altoids metal box for heat sink properties.

Lol, do they make those in extra-large? :tongue:

post #7064 of 24299
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Lol, do they make those in extra-large? :tongue:

 

 

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Altoids metal box for heat sink properties.

 

Stretch the can!

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