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post #7351 of 24367
I've heard mjolnir with hd800. Pairing them with a nice dac, like m51 and vega (at my local shop), actually it was very nice. I like the tonality. For my ears and my taste, the only issue was it seem a bit too forward though. Coupled with my source at home (which have forward sound signature), I think it will be a bit too much for my taste.

So I guess with mjolnir & hd800, it will depend on the source.
post #7352 of 24367
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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post

I've heard mjolnir with hd800. Pairing them with a nice dac, like m51 and vega (at my local shop), actually it was very nice. I like the tonality. For my ears and my taste, the only issue was it seem a bit too forward though. Coupled with my source at home (which have forward sound signature), I think it will be a bit too much for my taste.

So I guess with mjolnir & hd800, it will depend on the source.

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post #7353 of 24367

I definitely agree about the Mjolnir. When I had that amp with the HD800 and the Buffalo III DAC it was a very good pairing. I also tried the Anedio D1 and the pairing wasn't very good and I consider the dac in the D1 a very good dac.

post #7354 of 24367
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 I'll pm you soon to avoid derailing the thread. 

From what I hear, the M51 has better bass, but the Buffalo III has more air in the treble.

post #7355 of 24367
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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post

I've heard mjolnir with hd800. Pairing them with a nice dac, like m51 and vega (at my local shop), actually it was very nice. I like the tonality. For my ears and my taste, the only issue was it seem a bit too forward though. Coupled with my source at home (which have forward sound signature), I think it will be a bit too much for my taste.

So I guess with mjolnir & hd800, it will depend on the source.

 

I like the control and attack of the Mjolnir paired with the smoothness and bass of the M51. Soundstage depth is more compressed though, when compared to the Vali.

post #7356 of 24367
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Just tried it directly with my phone. Rumors of the HD800's demise has been greatly exaggerated. Actually doesn't sound bad at all. At least not in a sense that it hurts your ears to listen to it. Then I compare it to my Quickie + Crack setup, and the difference is apparent. Much more open, more details, and less raw sounding. Everything including vocals are much more natural and realistic sounding. However without a comparison, the HD800 direct to my phone would make most people, especially those outside of hi-fi, think these are the best headphones they've heard.

 

At a recent meet we compared HD800 from laptop line out, Dragonfly, and BCL amp.  My main observation was a progressive improvements in dynamics and openness.  They sound OK from headphone out but just kind of lifeless and sleepy.

post #7357 of 24367

Hello everyone. I got some HD800 a couple weeks ago. And now i am on a continuous hunt for the best flac files for my headphones as everyone knows how picky these cans can be. Even many flac files just dont do these headphones justice. Can anyone provide a link to top tracks for these headphones to really show off its massive soundstage. Looking for the most 3 dimensional recordings. 

 

I like ALL types of music from A-Z. My favorite albums I have found so far are Wycliffe Gordon: Dreams of New Orleans(as i love trumpets & trombones) & Michael Jackson: Thriller was great. 

post #7358 of 24367
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 Michael Jackson: Thriller was great. 

 

 

Through a HD800 ? :blink: 

 

 

Recently I find Music that sounds fantastic through HD800 . It's not my preferred genre but to my ears , HD800 reproduces its atmosphere and sound textures in a very enjoyable way: 

 

 

http://tamas-olejnik.bandcamp.com/album/calm

 

 

In Classical & Contemporary Jazz , I've many many recordings that sound amazing with HD800. These Last Days for example I listen to this :

 


Edited by Sorrodje - 1/9/14 at 3:41am
post #7359 of 24367
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Through a HD800 ? :blink: 

 

 

HD800 is definetely not only excellent for classic.

It is awesome in a lot genres like Jazz, Instrumental and good Pop/Rock/Blues as well.

Recently I listen to Jamiroquai, Green Day, James Brown, Amos Lee, Keb Mo, Rammstein and some other stuff like this and the sound was awesome. For me much better than out of LCD-X or my Beyer 880. So clear and the bass performance is exactly what is stored on the record. Not sounded or overpowered like some other headphones do.

 

 

Edit: thanks for the last video. Very nice song.


Edited by TheDuke990 - 1/9/14 at 4:28am
post #7360 of 24367
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Originally Posted by TheDuke990 View Post
 

 

HD800 is definetely not only excellent for classic.

It is awesome in a lot genres like Jazz, Instrumental and good Pop/Rock/Blues as well.

Recently I listen to Jamiroquai, Green Day, James Brown, Amos Lee, Keb Mo, Rammstein and some other stuff like this and the sound was awesome. For me much better than out of LCD-X or my Beyer 880. So clear and the bass performance is exactly what is stored on the record. Not sounded or overpowered like some other headphones do.

 

 

Edit: thanks for the last video. Very nice song.

 

Good old Rammstein - strangely I find they sound the same no matter what I upgrade in my system though.

post #7361 of 24367
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Originally Posted by TheDuke990 View Post
 

 

HD800 is definetely not only excellent for classic.

 

I'm perfectly convinced of this point myself but I really can't listen to to My edition of "thriller" ( 20th ANV remaster blabla ) more than a few seconds.  
 

You can see My last.fm profile to see what I listen to most of my time ;) 

post #7362 of 24367
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

 

I'm perfectly convinced of this point myself but I really can't listen to to My edition of "thriller" ( 20th ANV remaster blabla ) more than a few seconds.  
 

You can see My last.fm profile to see what I listen to most of my time ;) 

 

In most cases the remastered version is worse than the original. So I understand your point. Bad records are really hard to enjoy by listening with HD800.

post #7363 of 24367
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post

I'm perfectly convinced of this point myself but I really can't listen to to My edition of "thriller" ( 20th ANV remaster blabla ) more than a few seconds.  
You can see My last.fm profile to see what I listen to most of my time wink.gif 
Cant wait to try out your suggestions Sorrodje. Thanks for those. Always looking for different guys top picks, my ears need more.

Actually HDtracks.com has a 176khz / 24bit version of the Thriller and it is surprisingly really good on the HD800. Great instrument separation, clarity, and depth. You can try out samples of the high bit rate version here free. http://www.hdtracks.com/audiophile-picks/thriller-133935
Edited by Swolern - 1/9/14 at 7:31am
post #7364 of 24367
The one genre I've so far discovered the HD800 to be actually kinda bad at is metal.
post #7365 of 24367

These are a good tracks for evaluating new pieces of equipment in your rig.  First link being free download :)  I wouldn't say it is purely the file type that don't do the HD800 justice.  I even have some of those dreaded 256 MP3 files that sound just fine because the recording was done well.  I don't know Wycliffe Gordon, I'll add him to the list.  Thanks  

 

http://www.2l.no/hires/

http://www.hdtracks.com/open-your-ears

http://www.hdtracks.com/explorations-in-space-and-time-binaural

http://www.chesky.com/drchsefaands.html

 

 

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Originally Posted by Swolern View Post
 

Hello everyone. I got some HD800 a couple weeks ago. And now i am on a continuous hunt for the best flac files for my headphones as everyone knows how picky these cans can be. Even many flac files just dont do these headphones justice. Can anyone provide a link to top tracks for these headphones to really show off its massive soundstage. Looking for the most 3 dimensional recordings. 

 

I like ALL types of music from A-Z. My favorite albums I have found so far are Wycliffe Gordon: Dreams of New Orleans(as i love trumpets & trombones) & Michael Jackson: Thriller was great. 


Edited by WNBC - 1/9/14 at 7:54am
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