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post #8296 of 24267

Thanks but I'm fully aware of what am getting into and am so thrilled. HD800's are my dream can for almost 4 years and now a long time wish came true.  

post #8297 of 24267
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Congrats and good luck....

Tell us what is the maximum you want to spend on the amp, and we will come up with many suggestions 2 to 3 times your budget :dt880smile:

That's the only part am scared of. 

post #8298 of 24267
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Congrats and good luck....

Tell us what is the maximum you want to spend on the amp, and we will come up with many suggestions 2 to 3 times your budget :dt880smile:



Ain't that true!

 

post #8299 of 24267
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Congrats and good luck....

Tell us what is the maximum you want to spend on the amp, and we will come up with many suggestions 2 to 3 times your budget 

 



Don't forget the DAC designed by a blind savant and the cables blessed by the third son of of castrated Tibetan monk.

Honestly though... the HD800 sounds pretty good even on modest equipment. It just scales very well when you pay more....

A nos DAC and matrix m-stage won't show you everything the HD800 can do but it should be an excellent starting point.
Edited by TwoEars - 2/18/14 at 11:32am
post #8300 of 24267

Decided that I am going to upgrade to HD 800. Hopefully will purchase soon (been watching the classifieds hoping for an all black colorware set) but I have been researching amps/dacs for $600 or less and I am not sure I have fully decided what I want yet. Tubes sound appealing and some of them look pretty amazing (woo/la figaro), but I honestly think I would forget to turn the amp off often since I use the computer for a few hours a night for games/movies/music and am forgetful.

 

Some solid state options I have considered - Asus Essence One, Matrix M Stage, Schiit (seems some like magni/modi with HD800, or maybe Uberfrost + Asgard 2).


I read a lot about how picky HD 800 is for amps, but then also how a lot people think some of these reasonably priced options sound great. I guess it is just a little difficult to determine how much to spend.

 

I have only heard the headphone through the BH Crack, and that was over a year ago.

post #8301 of 24267
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Decided that I am going to upgrade to HD 800. Hopefully will purchase soon (been watching the classifieds hoping for an all black colorware set) but I have been researching amps/dacs for $600 or less and I am not sure I have fully decided what I want yet. Tubes sound appealing and some of them look pretty amazing (woo/la figaro), but I honestly think I would forget to turn the amp off often since I use the computer for a few hours a night for games/movies/music and am forgetful.

 

Some solid state options I have considered - Asus Essence One, Matrix M Stage, Schiit (seems some like magni/modi with HD800, or maybe Uberfrost + Asgard 2).


I read a lot about how picky HD 800 is for amps, but then also how a lot people think some of these reasonably priced options sound great. I guess it is just a little difficult to determine how much to spend.

 

I have only heard the headphone through the BH Crack, and that was over a year ago.

 

I can recommend WA3 / WA6 for a starter (WA3 if you want lusher, more tubey sound, and WA6 if you want more detailed, SS-like sound). And if you want a tube-like sound but don't want the hassle of tubes, there's the Graham Slee Solo. I have never heard the Ultra Linear DE, but I've heard the SRG-II (with PSU1) with HD800 and it was pretty phenomenal. Graham Slee even recommended to never turn off the amp as well, another less hassle for you there. Till this date, I still sort of regretted getting the WA3 instead of the GSP Solo.

 

I can't recommend Magni/Modi with HD800 at all. Tried it, sounds very bad IMO. YMMV though.

post #8302 of 24267

If you go the Schiit route, take a look at the Bifrost/Vali.  Good starting place.

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post #8303 of 24267

I have Bttlhd Crack & WA6, I prefer the Crack more than the WA6 with the HD 800.

post #8304 of 24267
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I have Bttlhd Crack & WA6, I prefer the Crack more than the WA6 with the HD 800.

 

I noticed on your profile that you have a Lyr. Care to give a concise impression on how does it compare to WA6 with HD800?

post #8305 of 24267

Ok Let's start a new game : "vote for the most cheap & valuable rig  for HD800"  :D 

 

 

@Lugbug1:  you're banned from the game, Vintage gear are too old. Period. :D 

post #8306 of 24267
Don't confuse "picky" with "expensive" smily_headphones1.gif

It's important to get the synergy right, but you can get the synergy right even on less expensive equipment.

The HD800 is a very transparent/detailed and slightly "lean" headphone.

So in my mind a general baseline recommendation would be that you want a dac that's "organic sounding", that is it's more "musical" than "analytical". Nos DAC's tend to be good for this. And you want an amp that's fast and detailed but not cold sounding.
post #8307 of 24267
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So in my mind a general baseline recommendation would be that you want a dac that's "organic sounding", that is it's more "musical" than "analytical". Nos DAC's tend to be good for this. And you want an amp that's fast and detailed but not cold sounding.

 

+1 .. Same experience here and I experienced good dacs that sounded awfully with my HD800. 

post #8308 of 24267
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I noticed on your profile that you have a Lyr. Care to give a concise impression on how does it compare to WA6 with HD800?


I haven't heard the Lyr since 3-4 weeks, the Crack, WA6 & Meier Classic have taken up all the listening time. I do not want to do a comparison based on the sound of Lyr from my memory. I  will post my impressions after a side by side comparison between the Lyr & WA6 on Thursday.

post #8309 of 24267
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I haven't heard the Lyr since 3-4 weeks, the Crack, WA6 & Meier Classic have taken up all the listening time. I do not want to do a comparison based on the sound of Lyr from my memory. I  will post my impressions after a side by side comparison between the Lyr & WA6 on Thursday.

 

Thanks mate, much appreciated!

post #8310 of 24267
How about the Little Dot MK VII+ Balanced Headphone Amp? ($385)

And solder your own connectors on the stock cable?

Otherwise the matrix-m stage I know is ridiculous good for it's price.

NOS DAC maybe something from Metrum? Could be better/cheaper options out there though. I know there are a lot of really cheap nos amps floating around on ebay that some people say sound 10x their price.
Edited by TwoEars - 2/18/14 at 12:14pm
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