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post #9271 of 24303

This is going to be amusing.. Argument war starts in 3..2....1.......

post #9272 of 24303

Who are all these people? Do they even own the HD800? I'd wager not. I want their face, id, receipt and HD800 all in one picture before I believe it.

post #9273 of 24303
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Originally Posted by kaesar94 View Post

Preproman says the CMA800R is too smooth with HD800, and he dislike it too for this...cool.gif

WHERE IS THE TRUE? (sorry for the insistence, but i was, and still now, seriously considering to buy the CMA800R for my HD800...and after numerous very strongly positive review of CMA800R/HD800, like project86 and each other, these lastly comments made me hesitate....)

I seriously want to say if the Questyle really is the best overall choice in the 2k$ budget for HD800, and if is so far to the GS-X MKII...

Sorry again....thank you in advance...
Trust your own ears.
post #9274 of 24303
If you want I'd use the serial numbers of the head sets. I Am 15000.

Al
post #9275 of 24303

Not everyone wants the ultimate in transparency and to get the absolute most of the HD800.  :biggrin:

The beauty of them is that you can tailor the sound with amp/dac to suit your own tastes. I for one will probably never go balanced.  If I want the clean transparent sound, I plug into my Naim but most of the time now it's the WA6. Works for me. YMMV.

 

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Originally Posted by Dadracer View Post
 

Tell you what though, the HD800 will sound good via good valve or transistor powered amplifiers, BUT the big difference is balanced versus standard. So please for the love of all that's holy get a amp and cables for balanced operation otherwise you have not truly heard what your HD800s are capable of......no really.

post #9276 of 24303
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There is always the Alo Studio Six :D

post #9277 of 24303

Or the new McIntosh headphone/integraded amp/dac.. Yummy on both!!

Someone has the McIntosh D100 with the ALO - that may work for me.  Would love to hear it!

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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post

There is always the Alo Studio Six :D


Edited by MickeyVee - 3/17/14 at 2:49pm
post #9278 of 24303
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Not everyone wants the ultimate in transparency and to get the absolute most of the HD800.  :biggrin:

The beauty of them is that you can tailor the sound with amp/dac to suit your own tastes. I for one will probably never go balanced.  If I want the clean transparent sound, I plug into my Naim but most of the time now it's the WA6. Works for me. YMMV.

 

YMMV is the key phrase and I couldn't agree more.

 

The HD800's are very transparent, it's all about what kind of sound you want to and what makes you happy. At this level there really isn't "better or worse" just different.

 

It's a bit like cars. Is a Porsche better than a Hummer? How? Are we talking through a swamp or around a race course? Is a Mazda Miata slower than the Porsche? Yes... but you might actually have more fun in the Miata on the road. As you say - YMMV :wink: 


Edited by TwoEars - 3/17/14 at 2:52pm
post #9279 of 24303
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

@Eee Pee : :beerchug: .... thanks for the picture.

 

Alright, here I am, back after a weekend of a lot of listening, though I didn't need much time to assess the differences between the Vali and Sonett.  Lotta Dead Can Dance - Toward The Within on SACD (MFSL).  One thing that happened a few times was when I was totally in the zone and noticing how good everything sounded, when I opened my eyes, it was always the Sonett.  Smoother, clearer window into the recording, larger soundstage.  The Vali might have the edge in image definition but the larger in every way soundstage was more my style than one that is pin point.  I like a bigger space than one that's like, around my eyes.  Closer to a speaker set up, I guess.

 

Extension was good on both amps.  Sonett with the Mullard and Reflektor tube has more balls.  Simple as that.

 

Wait, I'm gonna cut my self short.  Seeing how it's the HD 800 appreciation thread I will simple state, I liked the Sonett with the 800s way more than the Vali, and I don't care what either one costs.  I also like my Mjolnir with my headphones more than I do with the Vali.  Vali is nice, but it's not living up to the hype for me, and I'm pretty sure I don't feel the need to buy one, cause I was considering it.  

 

I suppose buying one as a stopgap before you really dump some cash on this stuff is an okay suggestion... but personally, I wouldn't expect TOOOOO much from it.


Edited by Eee Pee - 3/17/14 at 4:06pm
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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post
 

 

Alright, here I am, back after a weekend of a lot of listening, though I didn't need much time to assess the differences between the Vali and Sonett.  Lotta Dead Can Dance - Toward The Within on SACD (MFSL).  One thing that happened a few times was when I was totally in the zone and noticing how good everything sounded, when I opened my eyes, it was always the Sonett.  Smoother, clearer window into the recording, larger soundstage.  The Vali might have the edge in image definition but the larger in every way soundstage was more my style than one that is pin point.  I like a bigger space than one that's like, around my eyes.  Closer to a speaker set up, I guess.

 

Extension was good on both amps.  Sonett with the Mullard and Reflektor tube has more balls.  Simple as that.

 

Wait, I'm gonna cut my self short.  Seeing how it's the HD 800 appreciation thread I will simple state, I liked the Sonett with the 800s way more than the Vali, and I don't care what either one costs.  I also like my Mjolnir with my headphones more than I do with the Vali.  Vali is nice, but it's not living up to the hype for me, and I'm pretty sure I don't feel the need to buy one, cause I was considering it.  

 

I suppose buying one as a stopgap before you really dump some cash on this stuff is an okay suggestion... but personally, I wouldn't expect TOOOOO much from it.


Pretty sure there was always an implicit "for the money" qualifier when people talked about how great the Vali/HD800 pairing was.

post #9281 of 24303

I always expect too much from things...

post #9282 of 24303

So you like Mjolnir with the HD 800? How does it compare to the Sonett?

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I haven't acquire a cable to make that pairing happen yet.  Dragging my feet a little bit there.  I do have cables for the Senn 600/650/700s though.  When I first got the Mjolnir I couldn't get over the feeling that the thing is just boring.  Yes it has authority and slam and pace, and is clear and concise and doesn't do much wrong.  But again, I felt bored.  So I wavered back and forth with it and the Sonett for a while.  Then as I settled in, the Mjolnir became my daily driver digital set up (with 600/650), and the Sonett (usually w/800s) was my special night analog rig set up.  I feel there's something about DNA's tuning or voicing that makes me feel like I'm listening to real music more than a recording and I really like that, but for listening hours on end the Mjolnir and 600/650 is pretty great.

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I am listening to the HD800 directly driven by the e20 DAC (see avatar) and since I have the Sennheiser (about 3 month now) I have bought about 50 new CD's. That's simply how much fun it is to listen to this combo. I can't imagine how much improvement the balanced drive with the GSX-MkII can possibly bring to the party but I will let you know in about half a year ... batch 2014 ;).

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