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Originally Posted by akhyar View Post
 

^ were you using balanced or single-ended headphone cable?

When I auditioned the HDVD800, I only auditioned using the single-ended cable and I wasn't awed at all.

I really wish I can audition again running balanced cable

 balanced from the nad to the amp and single to the hd800

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The HD800 really sounds excellent on the GSX MK11 with the balanced single 4pin XLR and using the Oppo BDP 105 fully balanced with Nordost Blue Heaven and Nordost Blue Heaven power cables with a audioquest USB cable direct to the imac lossless files. The sound is excellent. headphone cable is the Moon Black Dragon

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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post
 

The HD800 really sounds excellent on the GSX MK11 with the balanced single 4pin XLR and using the Oppo BDP 105 fully balanced with Nordost Blue Heaven and Nordost Blue Heaven power cables with a audioquest USB cable direct to the imac lossless files. The sound is excellent. headphone cable is the Moon Black Dragon

if you had to pick between WA5 and GSXMK2 for HD800 only which would you pick? 

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WA5 w/ HD800 is NOTHING special with the HD80 imo. I know Frank probably feels differently though...

 

-Daniel

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Frank you have a hdvd800. How does the amp section sound to you. Using your oppo as source ? I forgot you had one. Not looking to say what is best here just another trusted opinion. .?

Also I am not a fan of balanced over SE. but there are times it makes a big difference. Example the WA22. It stinks in SE. another thought is this. If the dac is balanced it should be used as such. Using only SE you do loose something and it can be heard. Example on my MSB DAC it has a seperate setting for SE. even though both outputs work all the time .
There is. A Marked improvement when using to SE and setting the control to,it. It evens discusses it in the manuel. For me I used the hdvd800 and hd800 in fully balanced all,the time
And even when I tried other dacs with it ,they were always BAL. . This could be why the different opinions here.

Al
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Al I dont have that Sennheiser amp anymore. It sounded excellent with the HD 800 when I had it and the GSX MK11 is fully balanced and sounds even better with my Oppo BDP105 balanced. I am using the Oppo ESS 9018 Dac mostly now

 

Daniel you never had the  WA5 with the proper tubes in there. Using the Chinese tubes is a major trade off. My WA5 with the EML 300b, Tungsol Black glass 1942 6F8G and the 596 rectifier is much different than what you used with them. I dont think you ever heard the HD800 with the proper tubes. My WA5 has been to different meets and you can go read those threads where everyone who heard it thought is sounded fantastic with the hd800. In the NY spring meet there were even people using the balanced HD800 who said  it was the best they every heard.  So i am not surprised you did noyt like the WA5 especially with the tubes you were using. 

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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

if you had to pick between WA5 and GSXMK2 for HD800 only which would you pick? 

I am buying the GSX MK 11 but the WA5 is a step up over the hd800 but the amplifier with the tubes I am using is 4500.00 and should be better and is with a wider soundstage and more air and separation over the GSX Mk11 but that being said if you were looking for an amplifier in the 3K range for the HD800 and wanted  solid state that is at the top of its game the GSX MK11 is near the best I have heard. The Cavalli Liquid Gold is better yet but more expensive. I am writing the review for the GSX and will be finished next week and submitted to Part Time Audiophile so look for the review. I liked the GSX Mk11 enough to want it for reference reviewing and if I did not own the WA5 I could live with this amplifier happily and not look back/.

 

I now have to very high reference amplifiers to evaluate and do reviews with.  I am using the HD800 with the Moon Black Dragon Cable which is excellent with the setup and the Nordost cables work well in my system. Using all Blue Heaven interconnects and power cords.

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Frank sorry to put you on the spot with a stupid question
That you were kind enough to answer

Anyway I do want to get those better tubes we discussed
Soon. And justin emailed me regarding the BHSE
Being now in testing mode.
As for the offramp and AP1/PP. UNTIL the
Last 6 months I did use them and now
Not use most dacs without them. The improvement
Will amaze you.
But thanks for replying and help in picking out equipment

Al
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Al not stupid question. I did the review on the sennheiser and was the first in the US to get one and review it and my feeling on it were very good. It is an outstanding amplifier with the HD800 . They did a terrific jib with how it just got out of the way. Excellent sounding amplifier for the hd800.

 

We cna talk more about the tubes in NY in a couple of weeks. I am not lugging the WA5 this time around. i am trying to go light. I am leaning towards taking the Meier Stax to the meet with the macbook. I got about 800 albums on the macbook.

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Not expecting you to . And as for tubes I will go on your sa so for sure . Not needing to hear them until they are in my amp . This is how much I trust your judgement . We are both beleavers in our ears as good as they can be.

Al
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:beerchug:Thanks Al.

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@Fran I:  All feedbacks about the HD800 & Meier Stack pairing will be much appreciated :beerchug: .  I'm still very interested in the DACCORD and I would like to have some  feedback about this dac compared to some  other reference DAC.

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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

I am buying the GSX MK 11 but the WA5 is a step up over the hd800 but the amplifier with the tubes I am using is 4500.00 and should be better and is with a wider soundstage and more air and separation over the GSX Mk11 but that being said if you were looking for an amplifier in the 3K range for the HD800 and wanted  solid state that is at the top of its game the GSX MK11 is near the best I have heard. The Cavalli Liquid Gold is better yet but more expensive. I am writing the review for the GSX and will be finished next week and submitted to Part Time Audiophile so look for the review. I liked the GSX Mk11 enough to want it for reference reviewing and if I did not own the WA5 I could live with this amplifier happily and not look back/.

I now have to very high reference amplifiers to evaluate and do reviews with.  I am using the HD800 with the Moon Black Dragon Cable which is excellent with the setup and the Nordost cables work well in my system. Using all Blue Heaven interconnects and power cords.
Hi Frank, how would u rate, say in a scale 0-10, the WA5 with stock tubes and WA5 with the upgrade tubes u are having ?
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Originally Posted by zeissiez View Post


Hi Frank, how would u rate, say in a scale 0-10, the WA5 with stock tubes and WA5 with the upgrade tubes u are having ?

stock tube is like a 4 and with the upgrade tubes a 9 and I only rate it a 9 because I have not tried the other exotic 300B yet

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Originally Posted by Sorrodje View Post
 

@Fran I:  All feedbacks about the HD800 & Meier Stack pairing will be much appreciated :beerchug: .  I'm still very interested in the DACCORD and I would like to have some  feedback about this dac compared to some  other reference DAC.

I will be using it for the review with the Stack and will include the impressions.

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