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post #9151 of 19574
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haha I don't know why I would have expected any other answer from you guys. "Hey, should I spend money?" "Absolutely!" I'm not a hard person to sell. beerchug.gif
When do you plan to get a $1500 amp? Other than for comparison purposes, little point in getting Vali if you're getting the high end amp soon.
post #9152 of 19574

Sell the Lyr (crappy pairing with the HD800 IMO), grab a Vali (used or new) and use the rest of the money from the Lyr to save for something higher end. 

post #9153 of 19574
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Sell the Lyr (crappy pairing with the HD800 IMO), grab a Vali (used or new) and use the rest of the money from the Lyr to save for something higher end. 

I'm not getting rid of the Lyr. It pairs well with other cans I have and is very decent with the HD 800. There's a place for it on my desk at this point.

 

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When do you plan to get a $1500 amp? Other than for comparison purposes, little point in getting Vali if you're getting the high end amp soon.

Ehh. 2-6 months? Maybe sooner if my damn bonuses get here.

post #9154 of 19574

If you listen primarily to HD800s then I think the Vali is worth getting, esp. as a temporary amp or for a second system.

 

Like sorrodje I am using the Vali with the HD800s and the Rega DAC while I wait for the gs-x. I'm impressed how great it sounds with the HD800s, esp. for the price.

post #9155 of 19574

Ehh, I'll grab one for fun.

 

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  • AURALiC Taurus MKII: $1899, ss, single-ended, balanced, RCA+balanced preamp
  • Questyle CMA800R: $1499, ss, single-ended (2), balanced, RCA preamp
  • Lehmannaudio Linear SE: ss, single-ended (2), RCA preamp
  • Senn HDVA 600: $1499, ss, single-ended (2), balanced (2), balanced preamp?
  • Bryston BHA-1: $1395, ss, single-ended, balanced (2), balanced preamp?
  • Luxman P-1u: ss, single-ended (2), RCA preamp
  • Schiit Ragnarok: $1499, ss, single-ended, balanced, RCA preamp, balanced preamp?

 

 

Speaking of my larger amp purchase, I'm focusing on the top two listed above right now, but probably wont make a decision until Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame for amps is up. Hopefully that's soon.

post #9156 of 19574
The hdvd800 and 600 have a balanced and SE. Analog input. So yes .

Al
post #9157 of 19574
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Ehh, I'll grab one for fun.

 

Speaking of my larger amp purchase, I'm focusing on the top two listed above right now, but probably wont make a decision until Innerfidelity's Wall of Fame for amps is up. Hopefully that's soon.


Get the Questyle if you plan to go all in for the HD800. It's not that great for the other headphones I've tried so far, and sentiments are similar for other owners. I've not heard the other high end amps yet, but to me the HD800 + Questyle is a good 30% better than HD800 + Vali, which is quite significant in at this point in diminishing marginal returns. Other owners of the Questyle have pretty much all said it's better than other amps they've used in the past with the HD800. Of course their opinions, and the recurring theme has been adding the qualifier of when using with the HD800. I find it to be a great option that doesn't completely break the bank, but get close to the best sound out of the HD800 for a fraction of comparable sounding amps, with the caveat that it's not going to give that level of sound to other headphones. I guess that's pretty much expected when the design principle was to revolve everything around the HD800.

post #9158 of 19574

Hello I need to know where to buy Sennheiser HD800 in Rome, Italy, parents are heading there for the holidays and asked for a gift:D
Thanks in advance

post #9159 of 19574
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

Sell the Lyr (crappy pairing with the HD800 IMO), grab a Vali (used or new) and use the rest of the money from the Lyr to save for something higher end. 

Hi greed how is the DNA HD800 combo coming along? It must be well burnt in by now? Any differences so far? What 2A3's have you got in it again? 

post #9160 of 19574

Going to audition the HDVD800/HDVA600 tomorrow morning.  Will bring my MBA and AQ Carbon with me.  In Canada, my choices are limited cause if I import, I'll be nailed with all the extra charges and don't want to go there.  

I think the shop also has the Bryston BHA-1 but 1) it's too big for my desk and 2) from what I've read, the Sennheiser SQ is somewhere between the BHA-1 and Auralic.  If I can get a good deal on the HDVA600 and I really, really love it, I may go for it.  

The shop also has the Naim DAC on display so I can directly compare.

Maybe I should leave my credit cards at home. 

Cr@p.. sorry for my wallet.  Hope I hate it. It's going to bee a long night.

post #9161 of 19574
I'd still try the BHA-1. I haven't heard the Senn or Auralic, but I liked the BHA-1 when I had it. GS-X was just too good, though.
post #9162 of 19574
Some tips. Bring your own music that you know very well . Really good redbook is fine . But if you hAve some hinrez that is reference grDecrecordings that even better. . Next when using the hdvd 600 use there best dac . Why cause now you know how good it can be. The shop needs to quiet find a quiet room. And last and this is important for all of the stuff . It must be on and warm 30 mins . It can be less if it is warm already . The warm is very important all dacs and amps change big time from cold to hot. .most amps and dacs sound thin when cold . Good luck.

Al
post #9163 of 19574

I'll give the BHA-1 a go too.  It's cheaper. Like the Senn's cause I can have my RS1i and HD800 plugged in at the same time and switch between the two seamlessly.  In the ToneAudio review, they liked the RS2i with it so the RS1i should be good.  

Aurilac is out as that would be an import. Hoping that the Bryston or HDVA600 will be end game and they fit the budget.  Bye Bye Tax return. 12 hours and counting.

 

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post #9164 of 19574

Hopefully I'll be able to pair up the Naim DAC-V1 with the HDVA600/HDVD600.  Yes, I'm taking my laptop with my own music and my personal HD800. I'll be there at opening and they're good with all the time I need.  Warm up time should be good. Yes, I should be able to use a separate/quiet room.

 

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post #9165 of 19574
Looking forward for your impression on BHA-1 vs HDVA600 / HDVD800, MickeyVee.
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