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post #8986 of 24367
Me too and playing black sabbath master of reality on the setup i showed. Wow the head banging is just second nature. Too bad i have no hair to move with it .
Some how i think the lcd crowd would just not understand LOL
Al
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That is one really good-looking amp LugBug! I have always liked the Technics gear from that period.

Speaking of jitter, I'm on my 3rd cup of coffee...

Thanks buddy, yeah its turning out to be a winner with me - and the HD800. The sound isn't coloured at all, just nice and natural. 

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Me too and playing black sabbath master of reality on the setup i showed. Wow the head banging is just second nature. Too bad i have no hair to move with it .
Some how i think the lcd crowd would just not understand LOL
Al

This one really made me lol. Learning some good stuff from ya bud. Been enjoying my HD800, the new Sabbath record is very good.
Edited by Dionysus - 3/9/14 at 12:48pm
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I'd recommend the Beresford Bushmaster. It is the best budget dac I've heard and the good in-built headphone amp will give you a nice alternative to the Vali. 

Unfortunately my laptop has no spdif out so USB is a must :(.

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Shiny, shiny. Lastest and greatest I see. :cool:

 

Impresssion are of course welcome... amp and headphone.... in your own time.

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Shiny, shiny. Lastest and greatest I see. :cool:

 

Impresssion are of course welcome... amp and headphone.... in your own time.


Initial impressions are great! While I'm a bit sleep deprived pulling an all nighter and picking the amp up this morning at 8am just so I can have a few hours of listening before work, I can still tell some immediate differences, so that bodes well! I'm sure when fully rested I'll be able to hear more. Between my previous setup for the HD800, Bottlehead Quickie + Crack and Schiit Vali, I found the Bottlehead setup to be more musical, while the Vali was more revealing and refined. Well through this amp, the Vali sounds rough in comparison. It brings out a whole new level of refinement and smoothness. I never realized how congested sounding the Vali was before this, but somehow there seems to be a clearer background and less congestion when playing through this amp. Also, it's easier to hear individual sounds and everything decays, once again, more smoothly and naturally. Especially the treble. Amazingly, it also makes the vocals sound natural and intimate, not drawn out. I found with the wide soundstage of the HD800, a lot of amp pairings caused unnaturally wide and thin vocals. Only my Bottlehead setup was able to provide intimate, natural vocals. Until now that is. I was afraid being solid state that this amp would make the HD800 analytical and clinical, but I find it more musical than the Vali because of the smoother sound. All of this is much more apparent on the HD800 than the K812, and that's not too surprising considering this amp was designed with the HD800 in mind.


Edited by Sonido - 3/10/14 at 8:12am
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Initial impressions are great! While I'm a bit sleep deprived pulling an all nighter and picking the amp up this morning at 8am just so I can have a few hours of listening before work, I can still tell some immediate differences, so that bodes well! I'm sure when fully rested I'll be able to hear more. Between my previous setup for the HD800, Bottlehead Quickie + Crack and Schiit Vali, I found the Bottlehead setup to be more musical, while the Vali was more revealing and refined. Well through this amp, the Vali sounds rough in comparison. It brings out a whole new level of refinement and smoothness. I never realized how congested sounding the Vali was before this, but somehow there seems to be a clearer background and less congestion when playing through this amp. Also, it's easier to hear individual sounds and everything decays, once again, more smoothly and naturally. Especially the treble. Amazingly, it also makes the vocals sound natural and intimate, not drawn out. I found with the wide soundstage of the HD800, a lot of amp pairings caused unnaturally wide and thin vocals. Only my Bottlehead setup was able to provide intimate, natural vocals. Until now that is. I was afraid being solid state that this amp would make the HD800 analytical and clinical, but I find it more musical than the Vali because of the smoother sound. All of this is much more apparent on the HD800 than the K812, and that's not too surprising considering this amp was designed with the HD800 in mind.


Great impressions so far, thank you! Sorry for stalking you in this and the Questyle thread :)

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I'm gonna post my further impressions in the Questyle thread from now on. Subscribe to it here if you want to hear more:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/675239/questyle-cma800-current-mode-amp/330#post_10348245

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So it looks like the CMA800R is getting thrown into the mix of options for an SS amp with preamps to be paired with the HD 800.

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Quick question. I just received my HD800's today. I notice that there's a slight unevenness to the foil driver surrounding on one part - the section at the back nearest to the headband. I'm not too bothered as it's the same on both sides, but I can't see the same thing on any pictures I can find, so I'm just wondering whether it's just mine, or whether it might be how the newest ones are (mines sn 27xxx), or whether they're all like that but you just can't see it on the pictures? I'm sure it doesn't affect how they sound - I'm just wondering.

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Out of curiosity, how does the RSA Dark Star compares with GS-X Mk.2 in driving HD800?

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Great impressions so far, thank you! Sorry for stalking you in this and the Questyle thread smily_headphones1.gif
Great post.
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So it looks like the CMA800R is getting thrown into the mix of options for an SS amp with preamps to be paired with the HD 800.
I would also suggest adding into the mix the Lehmann Audio Linear SE. I was fooling around with the gain settings on the amp, and going to the 0db to 10db setting made the hd800 jump to life. It was simply stunning. Prior to this I was primarily using a Lyr with the 800, which sounded great, but the Lehman has really opened everything up. Improved dynamics, greater clarity without any added glare or hardening of the treble, and an iron grip on the bass. The 800 sounds very musical with this pairing without accenting any negatives.
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