this is an agara agh-01gx. a 13 000 usd$ balanced Japanese headphone amplifier. wonder if anyone has ever heard this with hd 800.
Maybe less amping requirements.
I think HD800's are going to be around for a very, very long time.
With their ring drive technology and large light membranes they are pretty much the perfect transparent transducer, almost impossible to improve upon.
It's recordings, DACs and AMPs that are flawed... not the HD800.
Yup. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing with the sound at all. My only ever quip is to have a shorter cable :)
It took a very long time to design and they got it right. It just took a little while for peeps to realize it. Most folks had gone straight from the HD650 to the new HD800 and thought 'wooah this is a bit treble happy!' But in fact it was the 650 that was treble deficient.. (in a nice way)
Soundstage, imaging, dynamics, tone, detail, transparency. I've not heard a dynamic headphone that can touch it in any of these areas.
(I sound like a proper fanboy haha maybe I am!)
As to the talk about a new Sennheiser flagship … A poster named "Nomax" has strongly hinted in other threads that Sennheiser will be releasing a new flagship in the second half of this year. He has further hinted that it will not be a dynamic headphone, and will likely be priced around $2,500. I take these rumors seriously because Nomax was dead on in his prerelease rumors regarding the AKG 812 and the SPL Phonitor 2.
There was an interview with Alex Grell and I don't remember the exact phrasing but he hinted something along the lines of "well Sennheiser has a lot past experience with orthodynamic headphone".
*IF* Sennheiser is going to release a new top headphone in the near future I can definitely believe that it will be an ortho.
Actually if they used the same drivers in a closed back hp, might be interesting. Bassier and fuller. Wouldn't be my ideal but it could be a nice compliment.
I have recently started listening to my HD800s again. It is really quite a sensational pair of Headphones, especially out of the Cavalli LAu balanced.
Probably, one of the best amps that I have heard the HD800 off. The other amp is the ALO SS with fancy tubes, a Nordost power cord and Stealth Sakra interconnects that my good friend owns. A shame that the ALO is only single ended as I feel the HD800 sounds slightly better balanced.
spkrs01 and jackskelly,
Would you classify the SR-009 as a headphone of a different league compared to the HD800, or would you classify both of them as headphones of the same level, with one of them being "slightly?" better?