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post #8476 of 24349

The Vali is an insane vale.  I keep taking it in and out of my system and it's back in again.  I think the Naim has an edge over it but at 17x the list price, it had better! :blink: The Naim definitely has 17x the cool factor. :veryevil:

The Vali is just stunning with the Grado's. I just need to hold off long enough to get the HD800 end-game amp.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Stapsy View Post
If you want a taste of a high quality tube amp the Vali is the place to start.

Edited by MickeyVee - 2/21/14 at 9:53pm
post #8477 of 24349

What about the Conductor vs HDVD800? Any thoughts on that? And how does the Conductor/Soloist and HDVD800/HDVA600 compares to M-Stage? (sorry if this is a stupid question, I hope it isn't).

post #8478 of 24349
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

HD 800 should be arriving any day now. I already have a Lyr and Asgard 2 powering my other cans. How do you guys generally feel about the synergy between those and the HD 800?

 

I'm pretty happy with my Lyr + HD800 combo but it is definitely not an ultimate setup. 

post #8479 of 24349

^^ I think MacedonianHero used to drive the HD800 by the Lyr, and he also compared the Lyr with some other amps for the HD800. Maybe he can help! 

post #8480 of 24349
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

I'm pretty happy with my Lyr + HD800 combo but it is definitely not an ultimate setup. 


The Lyr is a good amp, but you are probably listening to about 60% of what the HD 800 is capable of IMHO. Even I haven't heard the HD 800 driven of a TOTL amp like DNA Stratus / Gs-X etc. I am basing the 60% on the following assumption - from Lyr to Btlhd Crack I felt an improvement of 20% i.e moved from 60% to 80% performance , which I assume will improve to near 100% driven by these TOTL amps. IMHO & YMMV.


Edited by punit - 2/22/14 at 12:04am
post #8481 of 24349
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The Lyr is a good amp, but you are probably listening to about 60% of what the HD 800 is capable of IMHO. Even I haven't heard the HD 800 driven of a TOTL amp like DNA Stratus / Gs-X etc. I am basing the 60% on the following assumption - from Lyr to Btlhd Crack I felt an improvement of 20% i.e moved from 60% to 80% performance , which I assume will improve to near 100% driven by these TOTL amps. IMHO & YMMV.

 

Honestly I don't think an amp (alone) can improve the sound quality up to 40%. I believe the HD600 is about 70% of the HD800.  30% is a lot in audio quality, IMO.


Edited by pdrm360 - 2/22/14 at 12:09am
post #8482 of 24349
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 I believe the HD600 is about 70% of the HD800.  30% is a lot in audio quality, IMO.

Agreed. Its all subjective.

post #8483 of 24349
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Agreed. Its all subjective.

 

Yes it's all subjective.  It looks IYO, the BHC is a step up from the Lyr. 

post #8484 of 24349

For the HD 800, yes.

post #8485 of 24349

Yes, definitely not for the HE-500 :D

post #8486 of 24349

Also very good for the T1 & HD650.

post #8487 of 24349
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

Yes it's all subjective.  It looks IYO, the BHC is a step up from the Lyr. 

I have even heard the BHC be compared to the same sound quality as the WA2 when combined with the HD800. And that came from a user that owned both amps. Now that is impressive for such a much cheaper DIY amp. 

post #8488 of 24349
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

 

Honestly I don't think an amp (alone) can improve the sound quality up to 40%. I believe the HD600 is about 70% of the HD800.  30% is a lot in audio quality, IMO.

 

I'm inclined to agree. For it to be 40% you'd have to be comparing an Iphone to a Luxman or something along those lines.

 

I'd even say a properly setup HD600 is more like 80-85% or the HD800, the rest is personal taste.

post #8489 of 24349
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I'm inclined to agree. For it to be 40% you'd have to be comparing an Iphone to a Luxman or something along those lines.

 

I'd even say a properly setup HD600 is more like 80-85% or the HD800, the rest is personal taste.

 

Just tried to be polite about the percentage ;) 

post #8490 of 24349
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I'm inclined to agree. For it to be 40% you'd have to be comparing an Iphone to a Luxman or something along those lines.

 

 

You think that a high-end amp is only 40% better than an iphone to power the HD800???  I was thinking around 3 or 4 times better (300-400%) or more. 

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