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post #9316 of 25193
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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.

 

How well the Mjolnir matches with the HD800 is wholly dependant on the source component IME. I find the M51 to strike a good balance with this amp/headphone combo.

 

That said, the MJ/HD650 pairing is freaking awesome. Really special synergy going on there.

post #9317 of 25193
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Both could be true, the guy who wites cma800 is bright is used to tube amps, preproman might have a different perspective and also be speaking the truth.

I actually just recently stepped into tubes for the HD800's, and am more familiar with the SS amps out there. As mentioned, I've owned the mjolnir, phonitor and BHA-1; and the Questyle outshines them easily, it's special.

 

CMA800R is not necessarily bright, but is definitely not forgiving. I made it clear that the HD800's won't loose that energy up high with the CMA800R, as it is just being true to the source. I'll repeat it again, the issue in the whole chain is the HD800's treble, which is not much of an issue for most, and definitely liveable for me.

 

I now own the Questyle CMA800R, and will be doing the Anax mod to sort things out. And yes, it still sounds artificial in comparaison to my McIntosh; but it's the best yet in SS to my ears indeed.

 

I recall your impression of the M51's hdmi as smoother and more musical than usb. I agree. I employed usb without qualms but after utilising hdmi exclusive for a while I can now barely tolerate the switch. Give hdmi a try. It might take the edge off that solid state rig like it does for mine.

post #9318 of 25193
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Originally Posted by zeissiez View Post

Hey, that's something I have not thought of, thanks for the tips. But I f I were to get an amp which will balance the tone of HD800, i.e. give more bottom weight, hence a fuller tone, with a budget of USD3000, do u have any recommendation? Thanks

 

That's a very sizable budget. You could spring for the Eddie Current Balancing Act with a pure copper headphone cable. They occasionally pop up on the second hand market around here. That will give you a very powerful high-end smooth sound. That amp is also powerful enough to drive anything on the market, including the LCD headphones.

 

There is also the zana deux. If you don't already have a good dac you could do matrix x-sabre dac, zana dux amp and pure copper cable for around $3000 in total. That should be one helluva combo. :basshead: 

 

Another runner up is the DNA Sonett 2 or Stratus. They are not really bottom heavy, but very nice sounding and I think Donald can tune them to your preference as well.

 

Also worth mentioning are the Woo Audio WA 2/3/6. Warm nice tube sound, many people like them.

 

As you can notice these are all tube amps... :rolleyes:


Edited by TwoEars - 3/19/14 at 4:55am
post #9319 of 25193
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post

 

 

Another runner up is the DNA Sonett 2 or Stratus. They are not really bottom heavy, but very nice sounding and I think Donald can tune them to your preference as well.

 

 

Really?  you worry me a bit. :o  . Do you think your Sonett/HD800 lacks bass? When you say it's not bottom heavy , you're comparing to what ?

 

 

 

PS : Yes I'm anxious while I'm waiting my new amp. :D


Edited by Sorrodje - 3/19/14 at 6:01am
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Really?  you worry me a bit. :o  . Do you think your Sonett/HD800 lacks bass? When you say it's not bottom heavy , you're comparing to what ?

 

 

 

PS : Yes I'm anxious while I'm waiting my new amp. :D

 

 

Haha...  no it's not lean, there is bass. It's just that some people are looking for that dark tubey sound and then the sonett is the wrong choice.

 

The sonett is very balanced and musical, it's really a very transparent amp and neither dark nor bright I would say.

 

Don't worry - the sonett plays wonderful music, you'll love it. ;)

post #9321 of 25193

Haha . Thanks ! :beerchug:

 

 

It's always the same thing.. I kwow what I leave but I'm not sure of what to expect and the HD800  really sounded so wrong with some gear I tried. :rolleyes: .  The best bass I heard from the HD800 was with the Jan Meier amps. Extended, clear , layered & and even faster than everything i heard before. That been said , Jan meier's amp kept with the HD800 some slight edginess . it's the only thing that preventing me to order his complete stack DACCORD+CLASSIC.  There's something special to my ears with good tube amps: clarity & transparency are totally free of edginess.

post #9322 of 25193

When are you getting your Sonett 2 anyway? Is it in the mail or being made as we speak?


Edited by TwoEars - 3/19/14 at 6:58am
post #9323 of 25193
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When are you getting your Sonett 2 anyway?

 

Mid April I think . I ordered it a week ago.

post #9324 of 25193
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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

 

Mid April I think . I ordered it a week ago.

 

I can understand your anticipation. :wink:

 

There are some fun tube rolling options for it you can read up on in the meantime.

 

Or you can recable your HD800's like I did, or do the anaxilus mod.

 

I'm pretty damn happy with my setup right now but I might do the anaxilus mod just for fun.

post #9325 of 25193
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post

That's a very sizable budget. You could spring for the Eddie Current Balancing Act with a pure copper headphone cable. They occasionally pop up on the second hand market around here. That will give you a very powerful high-end smooth sound. That amp is also powerful enough to drive anything on the market, including the LCD headphones.

There is also the zana deux. If you don't already have a good dac you could do matrix x-sabre dac, zana dux amp and pure copper cable for around $3000 in total. That should be one helluva combo. basshead.gif  

Another runner up is the DNA Sonett 2 or Stratus. They are not really bottom heavy, but very nice sounding and I think Donald can tune them to your preference as well.

Also worth mentioning are the Woo Audio WA 2/3/6. Warm nice tube sound, many people like them.

As you can notice these are all tube amps... rolleyes.gif

TwoEars, thanks for the recommendation!! But wow!! the Balancing Act is close to 4K, but I'll check out the others u mentioned :-)
post #9326 of 25193

I really wish someone here can try the HD800 with Earmax Pro Silver Edition OTL tube amp...

 

:o

post #9327 of 25193
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Originally Posted by zeissiez View Post

Thanks for the description. I find when using the Phonitor, no doubt details, imaging, soundstage is good, but I need use EQ to lift the bottom and roll-off the top to sound natural/full. But EQ is a poor solution as distortion sets in and it works for some tracks while not for some other tracks. So I wonder which amp will give the HD800 a full and natural tone. Any advice? Thanks

I would suggest you try the Violectric v200. It fits exactly what you are looking for, an ss amp that rolls a tiny bit off the highs and gives a very full sound with great mids and bass!

The Yulong A18 is also very close sounding to the v200 and offers a balanced output (not true balanced tho), and costs a bit less too!
Edited by Viper2005 - 3/19/14 at 2:44pm
post #9328 of 25193
After trying about 15 amps , I am happy to reccomend the HDVD600 amp. It is as good or far better than the majority of amps out there with these hesdphones. . I think it gets bashed as it is a name brand and not a specialty brand. .
I am going to attend the ny meet. And will be bringing mine and really want to go head to head with all takers. .

Al
post #9329 of 25193
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

After trying about 15 amps , I am happy to reccomend the HDVD600 amp. It is as good or far better than the majority of amps out there with these hesdphones. . I think it gets bashed as it is a name brand and not a specialty brand. .
I am going to attend the ny meet. And will be bringing mine and really want to go head to head with all takers. .

Al

Which amplifiers have you tried? With the HD800?

post #9330 of 25193
I will,list later having diner now .

Al
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