Edited by palmfish - 3/8/13 at 5:06pm
Congrats. I remember when you were talking about the HD-700 compared to the K702 65th. I certainly have no regrets skipping the HD700 and no regrets selling the K702 65th to help fund my HD800 purchase.
Unless you have some really nice tubes on the Lyr, I have to recommend trying the HD800 on something more transparent. When I had the Lyr, I found it to even bottleneck the transparency of the R1 LCD-2. I never tried it with any other tubes than what Schiit sells though.
Those of you who use (have used) the HD-800 with speaker amps:
1. Do you use resistors on the speaker amp or go straight without resistors?
2. Only have an SS 100-watt amp to test with at present but do have a very good fine-tune preamp.
3. Would the 300 ohm load be a problem for an amp used to 4-8 ohm loads?
Thank you for your consideration.
I am running the hd800 off my F3 -- directly(no resistors) with no problems). This is an SS amp that puts out 15 WPC so ti si not a very powerful amp. I would worry about pigging them directly into anything more powerful or a tube amp designed for an 4-16 ohm load.
For me, it is the best amp I currently own. It is not night and day though. I have the Sonett at work so cannot compare side by side. Compared to the phonitor, the presentation is sharper ( as in better focused) and the edges of sound are more defined. To me this is like I am looking at a sharper TV screen. The details are easier to notice the extension seems a bit better and the layering is really nice. The phonitor by comparison is smoother. The detail is still there but not as obvious. Now, this is all relative and the phonitor still has excellent detail. I think the phonitor sounds a bit tubey in comparison. Smoother and less in your face, like the F3 is 1st row and the phonitor is a little further back. These differences are very subtle though and I could see how someone could actually prefer the phonitor. Besides the phonitor has that nice crossfeed function that is a nice perc.
but seriously, it uses one of tyhe most respected triodes out there,. I bet it is one of the best amps for the hd800 out there. i will hear it in May. Will be able to let you know then. I am sure others will be able to do it before then.
I auditioned the Stratus and the Sonnett 2 at the same time. The Stratus has way more power, soundstage, slam, presence and just sounds like the BIGGER amp....for me the difference was not subtle. That's not taking away anything from the Sonnett 2...it's a fine amp. But the Stratus is in a different league.
I would have thought your LaFigaro 339 would be the perfect match for your HD800"s? I'm curious why you are looking for another alternative?
My HD-800 package didn't include a frequency response chart with serial number and signature as those shown on this thread. Was it supposed to be in the box with the manual? I bought the headphones new last year from B&H.
The LF339 IS quite wonderful with the 800. Since I also enjoy my HE 5-LE with the Threshold amp, I ordered a new 800 cable with 4-pin stereo XLR (nothing fancy: Canare wire, 10ft) to try with a speaker amp (the "curiosity" bug when one has too much time on their hands).
Well, tonight I took a bit of a dive (could have been a $1400+ splat) off the cliff by trying the 800 with the Threshold (a low-brow combo of Power Mac-->Audio-gd NFB-11.32 (variable out)-->amp). Listening (classical, jazz) only for a half-hour, I am VERY impressed by the combination. First, there's no noise issues, the amp is dead-silent. I can run the gain on the Audio-gd to about 9 with the classical and between 8-9 with most jazz. The depth and width of stage in the symphonic repertory (usual ball-busters like Rite of Spring, Plants, as well as Arnold and Prokofiev symphonies) have spectacular proportions. It feels like "I am in the hall." Instrumental separation and timbres are superb. The bass in Patricia Barber's new "Smash" album (1st track) has a cleanliness, depth and definition that I haven't experience previously, and her infinite vocal inflections are all there. Again, it's too early in this trial for me to make pronouncements and I have to go back to the LF339 to gain some perspective as to the differences. I'll start throwing some better front end gear at the Threshold now that I know I am not blowing it up ot frying the 800s.
So, for whatever it's worth, there are my two rusty cents.