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post #7231 of 13924
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Oh and thats what he looked like after he heard the HD800 for the first time. He was sad and it was quite amusing for me :popcorn: .

 

Whos the "retard" now Charlie, who.

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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HD800 envy in it's purest form...
post #7233 of 13924

As I promised that I would report in after directly comparing on my WA22.

To my ears, the common HD800(#24361), that both I and Sonido listened to, does not sound any difference than mine(#26614).  Our minds and bias are indeed powerful.

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As I promised that I would report in after directly comparing on my WA22.

To my ears, the common HD800(#24361), that both I and Sonido listened to, does not sound any difference than mine(#26614).  

Our minds and bias are indeed powerful.

 

Sad but true! ;)

post #7235 of 13924
Ownership bias for sure.
post #7236 of 13924
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

As I promised that I would report in after directly comparing on my WA22.
To my ears, the common HD800(#24361), that both I and Sonido listened to, does not sound any difference than mine(#26614).  Our minds and bias are indeed powerful.

Indeed!

I was already aware of this, but the extent of the influence of bias still surprised me when a friend and I did a blind and volume matched test of a couple of phones a while back.

Even the most vaunted here are not immune to it, as Tyll's UE9000 review proves.
post #7237 of 13924

I'm torn between these and the LCD-2. Is there a $1,500 amplifier + DAC combination that would do justice to the HD800? For the LCD-2 there is the Mjolnir + Gungnir combo.

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Concero and CSP2+
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Originally Posted by CDCollector View Post
 

I'm torn between these and the LCD-2. Is there a $1,500 amplifier + DAC combination that would do justice to the HD800? For the LCD-2 there is the Mjolnir + Gungnir combo.

Yes, bifrost and WA2 would be another combo right at your price point.

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Concero and CSP2+

I had taboo MKIII for a little bit.  The amp sounded great with HD800 but unfortunately, I had other associated problems that I ended up returning the Taboo to Steve.  Super customer service, IMO.

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Concero and CSP2+

 

 

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Yes, bifrost and WA2 would be another combo right at your price point.

 

What about solid state?

post #7242 of 13924

Concero, BH Crack + Speedball, and room for upgraded cables as well. 

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What about solid state?

I have only listened to SS above $1500 price point so I can't comment.  My $170 Emotiva is excellent for HE500 but doesn't pair well with HD800 in my set up.

Sonido recently put the quickie and crack in front of the Emotiva and according to him, he got pretty good synergy with this chain for his HD800.  I also tried putting my Woo WA22 => Emotiva => HD800.  It did sound better but to my ears, not optimal even in comparison to WA22 alone.  I personally found tube amps more suitable for

HD800 and my taste.  Btw, Glenn can make you an OTL for the HD800.  There are quite a few happy owners of Glenn's amps driving HD800's.  Check the thread out.

$1500 is pretty good for DAC/amp combo.  I have found that HD800 is very amp "sensitive" but not as picky like others have suggested.  Even from a low end amp, HD800 will still sound like HD800; it has a very strong sound signature.  Take your time and look around.


Edited by koiloco - 1/4/14 at 6:45pm
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Buddy is lending me his Violectric V200 and I'll let you know.  Should be a very good pairing.

 

 

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What about solid state?

post #7245 of 13924

Thanks for all your recommendations. I gather these headphones work best with tubes, which is something I wanted to avoid but now am not sure I should.

 

It is difficult to make a decision without the opportunity of listening to the gear first -which is impossible here- and at the prices involved one really cannot afford to make the wrong one.

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