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post #8311 of 24297
Guys and gals. If someone is starting out they should get a tube amp. The choices by different sounds is too many with tubes. I feel the HDVD800 is affine start. And that person can buy a better DAC down the road .

Guys look at the stuff I have its good stuff. And do you think a flagship sennheiser combo is that bad.
The amp for those heahones is great. No to be rude who here has 40 k DAC , well. If I say the amp is great
Maybe I a right . I have many other items I have bought new and sold. The hd800 and the hdvd800 is a solid combo to start .
Al
post #8312 of 24297
What about the Woo Audio WA7?

Not super cheap but it might be worth it?
post #8313 of 24297
I tried mine with Audio-gd 11.32 and didn't quite like it. So just ordered M-stage for now. Can anyone tell me how m-stage fares against Asgard 2?
post #8314 of 24297
Here is something to ponder. I have 15 year old aragon amps for my office rig. And wow how good the HE6 and the HD800 sounded. Crazy right.

Al
post #8315 of 24297
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Originally Posted by jerrick85 View Post

I tried mine with Audio-gd 11.32 and didn't quite like it. So just ordered M-stage for now. Can anyone tell me how m-stage fares against Asgard 2?

 

 

The 11.32 is a "sabre based" dac. You should better try the wolfson based 15.32 . ;) 

post #8316 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post


The 11.32 is a "sabre based" dac. You should better try the wolfson based 15.32 . wink.gif  
I really like 11.32 with my he-500. As for hd800, l'm trying to explore other options like Asgard 2/bifrost.
post #8317 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

 

 

The 11.32 is a "sabre based" dac. You should better try the wolfson based 15.32 . ;) 

 

Why?

 

I use my HD800's with NFB-7 and it sounds superb, even with silver/silver&gold cables.

 

Sabre32 dac will maximize the speed, clarity, detail and dynamics inherent in the HD800's.


Edited by nigeljames - 2/18/14 at 1:51pm
post #8318 of 24297
Yupp, I have a sabre based DAC with my HD800's.

I love it, especially for electronic music, but it's not a combo I can easily recommend. It's hyper-detailed and a bit like like having the contrast turned up to elven. It requires some EQ'ing and super clean source material or it will be very tiring.

The Wolfson chip is a much safer bet if you want to enjoy music in general.
post #8319 of 24297
I have a vali with custom linear ac psu (replacing generic wallwart), and I think it sound great. Even using iMod gen4 as a source. It give a smooth fast and intimate sq with 3d soundstage.
post #8320 of 24297

Can anyone give me some impressions on how does the HD800 pairs with M-Stage? I prefer tube amps, but I have no problem switching to solid states at all, especially if the M-Stage outperforms WA3/WA6/Lyr with HD800. Also, Does the HPA-2 offers significant improvement over the original M-Stage?

 

And should I just get myself an M-Stage, or save the money and go for a WA2? It would take me some time to save up for WA2, while M-Stage can be bought much sooner. Any insight would be very appreciated, thanks.

post #8321 of 24297
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post

I prefer tube amps, but I have no problem switching to solid states at all, especially if the M-Stage outperforms WA3/WA6/Lyr with HD800.

It does.
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Also, Does the HPA-2 offers significant improvement over the original M-Stage?

It does not. (unless you are talking about the optional DAC, see my recent review)
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And should I just get myself an M-Stage, or save the money and go for a WA2? It would take me some time to save up for WA2, while M-Stage can be bought much sooner.

Not sure WA2 would be the best choice. The M-Stage would at least give you time to try other things, especially if you can attend meets.
post #8322 of 24297
I highly recommend the M-Stage, it's a good match for the HD800 and outstanding for it's price. Very solid build quality under the lid.

It's commonly known as the "lehmann black cube clone". That was the amp the HD800 was designed with and is about 3x the price.

It's a fast detailed amp that isn't overly bright, and that's exactly what the HD800 needs.

I'm not a big fan of low-end tube amps. If you want a tube amp be prepared to spend at least $800-1000.

On a budget I'd take the m-stage and a nos dac in a heartbeat.
post #8323 of 24297

Does anyone here EQ his HD-800?

post #8324 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


It does.
It does not. (unless you are talking about the optional DAC, see my recent review)
Not sure WA2 would be the best choice. The M-Stage would at least give you time to try other things, especially if you can attend meets.

 

What is the advantage of the M-Stage over the WA3/WA6/Lyr except the solid state's advantages?

post #8325 of 24297
The woo WA 22 is balanced and must be for the hd800 to sound great. It is a very good match.
PS I have one listed for sale. With the tube upgrades.
Al
Edited by ALRAINBOW - 2/18/14 at 3:08pm
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