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post #8611 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post

I read this too and frankly like anything else it's his ears not mine follow me smily_headphones1.gif
So I have the E-1 sold, but it's a work associate and I am subsidizing the cost so out of pocket it won't hurt as much, the sale is also not final, meaning if I decide the E-1 sounds fantastic I can also decide to keep amp/Dac and not have the expense, so for me it's a win, win.
You should consider the HDVA600 as well since you're not getting it from Brian and taking advantage of the 20% off. It has same amp section of the HDVD800, which is the part that gets the praise. Spend the $500 difference on a separate DAC that gets more praise like Uber Bifrost. I owned the WA7 and O2+ODAC combo and having a combined unit sucked for me when I wanted to keep one part of the device only. It gives freedom on upgrading the DAC later on. This is the biggest reason I would choose the HDVA600 over HDVD800.

Just think when you inevitably get a better DAC, you have $500 sitting in the HDVD800 you can't sell. Some combos like WA7, there is no choice. There's no standalone amp section of the WA7. But you can get the standalone amp in this case.

The only reason I can see getting the HDVD800 is if you plan on going balanced, as there aren't many balanced DACs in the $500 range. My Emotiva DC-1 is one of the few in that price range and is balanced. Some have compared it to the Gungnir
post #8612 of 24297
Mini-I Pro is a good match with HD800 if using a dedicated amp. It is balanced and around $500 as well. See my recent review.
post #8613 of 24297
That is one of the reasons to get the 800 over the 600
And he can also use the DAC as a seperate bal DAC too
But I do see your point in upgrading.
But my outlook on upgrades is we all will at some point as technology
Gets better
Al
post #8614 of 24297
I do appreciate the recommendations, I have thought that through as well. Man you guys make it hard lol.
I have considered the separates because the Dac on the E-1 is pretty good, and I could use it for a little bit until I can get a better one, and selling the E-1 may provide that avenue.

I will have to think this through if Best buy price matches the 20% off I was getting, I may just go with the HDVA600 and call it a day. I have an email as leverage so I might get away with a price match. We will see.
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post #8616 of 24297
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post

I do appreciate the recommendations, I have thought that through as well. Man you guys make it hard lol.
I have considered the separates because the Dac on the E-1 is pretty good, and I could use it for a little bit until I can get a better one, and selling the E-1 may provide that avenue.

I will have to think this through if Best buy price matches the 20% off I was getting, I may just go with the HDVA600 and call it a day. I have an email as leverage so I might get away with a price match. We will see.
At 20% off, you're pretty much getting the DAC for free, so why not? Now if you can get HDVA600 for 20% off... wink.gif
post #8617 of 24297
And just to throw a curveball at you, if you really want to spend around $2000, Bakoon is releasing the HPA-01, a cheaper, less powerful version of the legendary HPA-21 for $1800-$2000. It's a special amp that has a current out mode. The HPA-21 is suppose to be endgame SS amp for the HD800 and many other headphones. No balanced though.
post #8618 of 24297

Has anyone ever tried the HD800/Phonitor pairing? I heard the Phonitor/Auditor actually leans toward the warm side, can someone clarify that?

post #8619 of 24297
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

 

^ What he said. The HA-160 was pretty poor with all the headphones I tried with it. Good thing the Soloist is quite good.

post #8620 of 24297
Funny you ask I have that amp and those headphones and they do pair very well. The amp works well most headphones and some IEM,S.

Al
post #8621 of 24297
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Funny you ask I have that amp and those headphones and they do pair very well. The amp works well most headphones and some IEM,S.

Al

 

Does it really, completely eliminate the "super-stereo-effect" ?

post #8622 of 24297
Yes it does , it really pretty cool . It cN make you sit to the left or right in a stereo recoding and does mono as well. But mono like you have not heard it before. In mono staging is much more dimensional .

It's only draw back is it 9 ohms output imp. So it does do low imp CIEMS well like the jh13/16!
but does very well the rest I have .
Al
post #8623 of 24297
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Yes it does , it really pretty cool . It cN make you sit to the left or right in a stereo recoding and does mono as well. But mono like you have not heard it before. In mono staging is much more dimensional .

It's only draw back is it 9 ohms output imp. So it does do low imp CIEMS well like the jh13/16!
but does very well the rest I have .
Al

 

The Phonitor 2 seems to have a much lower output impedance (0.18 ohm) but also much lower power output. Does this make the Phonitor 1 better for the HD800 due to the higher power output?

post #8624 of 24297
Honestly I do not know , I bought this amp on a recommendation and I got lucky it was a good one . It is a German made class one amp. I do not know about the new amp. But there is A simpler model for the one I have though .
And it Appears they have fixed the output imp problem too

Al
Edited by ALRAINBOW - 2/24/14 at 6:14pm
post #8625 of 24297
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

 

The Phonitor 2 seems to have a much lower output impedance (0.18 ohm) but also much lower power output. Does this make the Phonitor 1 better for the HD800 due to the higher power output?

The higher output impedance in theory is better for the HD800s. That said, the GS-X Mk2 is my favourite HD800 amp and it's got a very low output impedance.

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