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post #7471 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

plenty of expensive amps also have light bass though, usually its very clean and extended bass, but still lighter than neutral.

 

 

If i didn't need a new car, I would have a WA2 right now. next to gsx , its the best hd 800 amp i've heard, its very forgiving too. i love how the WA2 makes music sound so good on T1 and HD 800. the GSX is better, but is less forgiving than the WA2.


+1.  You are really tempting me about the WA2...

post #7472 of 24297
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+1.  You are really tempting me about the WA2...

 

lol, its good for hd 800, but not for HE-500. 

 

with good tubes though, the WA22 is equal or better in mids and highs, and is better with soundstage, it also has more details and is more lush and warm, though it doesn't have that silky euphonic musicality that the WA2 has. I did not enjoy the WA22 until I had the WE422A in it.


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 1/13/14 at 10:34pm
post #7473 of 24297

I've optimized my chain for the HD800 for warmth and euphony (at least as much I could with what gear I had). I think I've noticed some distortion on the bass, but it happens rarely, and I can live with it. I noticed this more when turning the preamp to max and using the Crack for volume control.

 

Note: Now that I wrote this, I decided to mess around a bit with the volume knobs. I was using 9 o'clock on Crack and around 12 o'clock on Quickie. I did the opposite of the distortion effect, turning the Crack to max, and using the Quickie as volume control, which is now at 7 o'clock. The bass actually tighter and more impactful now, and the distortion is gone. I guess that's what preamps are for: volume control. Only slight drawback is there is a very slight hum now when nothing is playing. Nothing compared to Emotiva though. Presentation of the bass is still not the same as the HE-500, but I find (dare I say?) the quantity of bass to be on par with the HE-500. The HD800 definitely has a quicker, tighter bass, where the HE-500 has a looser, wetter bass.

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I've optimized my chain for the HD800 for warmth and euphony (at least as much I could with what gear I had). I think I've noticed some distortion on the bass, but it happens rarely, and I can live with it. I noticed this more when turning the preamp to max and using the Crack for volume control.

 

Note: Now that I wrote this, I decided to mess around a bit with the volume knobs. I was using 9 o'clock on Crack and around 12 o'clock on Quickie. I did the opposite of the distortion effect, turning the Crack to max, and using the Quickie as volume control, which is now at 7 o'clock. The bass actually tighter and more impactful now, and the distortion is gone. I guess that's what preamps are for: volume control. Only slight drawback is there is a very slight hum now when nothing is playing. Nothing compared to Emotiva though. Presentation of the bass is still not the same as the HE-500, but I find (dare I say?) the quantity of bass to be on par with the HE-500. The HD800 definitely has a quicker, tighter bass, where the HE-500 has a looser, wetter bass.

 

put the Crack to max and lower it by like a really tiny bit, it might get rid of the hum, what i found with alot of amps is that when on max volume, theres also a high frequency ring you hear along with the hum.

post #7475 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

put the Crack to max and lower it by like a really tiny bit, it might get rid of the hum, what i found with alot of amps is that when on max volume, theres also a high frequency ring you hear along with the hum.

The hum doesn't really disappear until turned back to 12 o'clock (max is at 4 o'clock). It's only audible when nothing is playing. Maybe a problem for softer genres like classical, but then I could turn it back to 12 o'clock, and maybe there's a little less bass presence, but those genres generally aren't bass centric anyways.

post #7476 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

If i didn't need a new car, I would have a WA2 right now. next to gsx , its the best hd 800 amp i've heard, its very forgiving too. i love how the WA2 makes music sound so good on T1 and HD 800. the GSX is better, but is less forgiving than the WA2.

Out of curiosity, what kind of car are you looking to get?

post #7477 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

lol, its good for hd 800, but not for HE-500. 

 

with good tubes though, the WA22 is equal or better in mids and highs, and is better with soundstage, it also has more details and is more lush and warm, though it doesn't have that silky euphonic musicality that the WA2 has. I did not enjoy the WA22 until I had the WE422A in it.

I got you.  I was just thinking to try out a used WA2 for the HD800 only and maybe give Glenn's OTL amp a shot.  The price is reasonable enough.  First, I got to verify the DAC myth to find out how shiity my DAC is.  Then, I'll play around more with the HD800.

 

....And I thought I was done.... I need to ask for a self-imposed ban.  You all are bad influences.  :p

post #7478 of 24297
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Out of curiosity, what kind of car are you looking to get?

Fully discussed in the Woo amp thread.  :D

post #7479 of 24297
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Fully discussed in the Woo amp thread.  :D


Wow I just looked it up and no lie, I had a guess on something retro like the Challenger, since she's a big tube person. I personally like tube amps over SS as well, and I drive a Camaro. Maybe we're onto something here? Go for the ZL1! :p Or the new Z28 which has an old-school rear, and no A/C!

 

post #7480 of 24297
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Wow I just looked it up and no lie, I had a guess on something retro like the Challenger, since she's a big tube person. I personally like tube amps over SS as well, and I drive a Camaro. Maybe we're onto something here? Go for the ZL1! :p Or the new Z28 which has an old-school rear, and no A/C!

 

I told DG.  Go hemi or go home.  Seriously though.  :D

post #7481 of 24297

HD800. King of headphones. Best bass I've heard too, and that includes TH900, HE-6, LCD 2.2s, Pro 900 etc etc... HE-6 trolls must have that nagging voice in the back of their mind all the time reminding them what could have been if they'd just kept up with the HD800 journey. It's not a journey all will make-and that's fine. Glad I made it though-no nagging voices here. :L3000:

 

-Daniel

post #7482 of 24297

No German cars for HD800 owners :D.  Charger fan here.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post


Wow I just looked it up and no lie, I had a guess on something retro like the Challenger, since she's a big tube person. I personally like tube amps over SS as well, and I drive a Camaro. Maybe we're onto something here? Go for the ZL1! :p Or the new Z28 which has an old-school rear, and no A/C!

post #7483 of 24297

If I had the money, that new Corvette Stingray is really the best bang for your buck in terms of power, looks, and just awesomeness. It's like the HE-500 of cars if the HE-500 also looked good.

post #7484 of 24297
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Yes, I got a burn on my ass too.  You wanna see?  :D

 

"Brian burn-in" means accepting a new sound signature by mind. 

post #7485 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

If I had the money, that new Corvette Stingray is really the best bang for your buck in terms of power, looks, and just awesomeness. It's like the HE-500 of cars if the HE-500 also looked good.

 

The new Corvette Stingray!? You know what the HE-500 looks like, a Ford F-150.

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