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post #9421 of 25463
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

 

No need to look forward for impressions.  I can tell you now.  It's the best amp they've ever heard with the HD800's period.  To much hype for it not to be..

I'm not sure if that's sarcasm or not. Sometimes i cant tell. Have you heard it yourself? Are you a fan of the Levi or Eddie current products? 

post #9422 of 25463

Always picking on Daniel - that's all.  I'm trying to get on the next run for the Balancing Act.  

 

I don't think a production unit of the Levi is out yet..

post #9423 of 25463
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

Always picking on Daniel - that's all.  I'm trying to get on the next run for the Balancing Act.  

 

I don't think a production unit of the Levi is out yet..

so is the Stratus/HD800 off your list now? 

post #9424 of 25463

Yeah - I just couldn't get past the blue.  Besides, I like the way the BA is designed as well.

post #9425 of 25463
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

Yeah - I just couldn't get past the blue.  Besides, I like the way the BA is designed as well.

 

That's funny. I love the blue, love that he's a saab fan and so on.

 

I also like the look of the Zana Deux - it's "steam-punk-ish".

 

But for some reason I personally don't like the look of the BA, it's looks too... I don't know. Not as elegant as the DNA or Zana.

 

That's me personally though. And it might just sound the best so who knows. ;)

post #9426 of 25463
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

It's way more than just synergy. Although
I shake me head sometimes how bad a really
Good amp may sound with the hd&00

But how can we all be of the same opinion
When the DAC s are mostly different
And then cables and music choice.
It's very complex and amazing how it works at all
And last is what we all expect how if should sound
No one here was there when recorded
Even people here who are musicians
Are not there to here. Recording of there
Own music. So it's just try to find common ground
What little there is. I say something is good
And someone else says no it's not.
Although there are oblivious posts that are just wrong
Example wa22 with the he6. It's not good
But the truth is it's not completely wrong either
For some that is the way they want the he6
To sound.
Al

 

I'm baffled as to why your posts are structured in that manner. Surely that requires more effort than the conventional method? Is Frank I your ghostwriter?

post #9427 of 25463
Hahahaha.

I know I stink at writing. But read it a few times and feel free to ask me for further interpitaion.

Now if your serious and I am sure your not. , you will learn no important grammer info from me !!!!

Lmao. If nothing else it is interesting reading

Al
post #9428 of 25463
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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'd go for the WA5 if your primary headphone is the HD800. The GSX2 was a bit too treble etched for me with the HD800s. Although I should mention that many people like the GSX2 / HD800 combination. 

 

The downside (or upside depending upon how you look at it) with the WA5 is the tube rolling. You've two driver tubes, two output tubes, and then a power supply tube (which does matter quite a bit on this amp). The WA5 needs really good tubes to shine. The WA5 was one the first headamps I heard which really made me appreciate the HD800.

post #9429 of 25463
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Other SS amps to consider - Not sure if they're Hi end or Mid Fi:

Luxman - sure does look good.
BHA-1 - slowly declining 
Questyle CMA800R - new and on the rise
HDVD800 / HDVD600 - lots of mixed reviews..

 


The P1-u meets criteria. The others are lower priced. HDVD800 is only $2000 because the added DAC, not going to include it since you can get the 600 which is the same amp for less.
post #9430 of 25463
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Originally Posted by jsgraha View Post
 

I have stratus for about 2-3 weeks, so I think I'm not that qualify to describe its sound yet.

In a nutshell, using current tube combo (marconi u52, sophia 2a3), it give deeper and wider soundstage, smoother sound, deeper bass, and more extension on treble (without being harsh with stock hd800). While vali is more intimate (but with deep soundstage), slightly warmer presentation (and slightly more forgiving as well). Both amps are quite fast, although I sense that stratus is faster (I can't stand a slow sound signature)

 

The downside is stratus need to warm up quite a while (at least 60-90 min).

 

Source is quite important IMO for both amp (although it may depend on individual preference)

Before I bought vali, I tried it at local shop with Auralic Vega (fed by Luxman D-06, I think) and hd800, and they sound really good indeed.

 

Grats on the Stratus! The Sophia 2A3s (and many other Chinese tubes) actually work well on the Stratus. If you want a tighter or more precise sound, especially in the bass, go for the EML 2A3 meshes. I love those on the Stratus.

post #9431 of 25463
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

The P1-u meets criteria. The others are lower priced. HDVD800 is only $2000 because the added DAC, not going to include it since you can get the 600 which is the same amp for less.
CMA800R x2 for balanced wink.gif
post #9432 of 25463
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

 

Grats on the Stratus! The Sophia 2A3s (and many other Chinese tubes) actually work well on the Stratus. If you want a tighter or more precise sound, especially in the bass, go for the EML 2A3 meshes. I love those on the Stratus.

 

Why are all the good tubes always so damn expensive?

 

One reason to go for the DNA Sonett 2 / Super Seven or even Zana Deux.

 

Correct my if I'm wrong but I think those are much cheaper to get good tubes for than the Balancing Act / Stratus etc.

post #9433 of 25463

Heh yeah, but the Sonnet 2 / Super 7 aren't as good as the Stratus / BA. And the Zana Deux is a little "out there", although I do like the sound.

 

Talking about spending a minor fortune on tubes: http://www.head-fi.org/t/694899/official-2014-socal-head-fi-meet-march-22-2014-westin-south-coast-plaza/675#post_10382444

 

I didn't have much a choice. Old stock 45 tubes are rare now and I didn't want to chance anything on fleabay.


Edited by purrin - 3/21/14 at 9:41am
post #9434 of 25463
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

Heh yeah, but the Sonnet 2 / Super 7 aren't as good as the Stratus / BA. And the Zana Deux is a little "out there", although I do like the sound.

 

Talking about spending a minor fortune on tubes: http://www.head-fi.org/t/694899/official-2014-socal-head-fi-meet-march-22-2014-westin-south-coast-plaza/675#post_10382444

 

I didn't have much a choice. Old stock 45 tubes are rare now and I didn't want to chance anything on fleabay.

 

That's crazy. :D

 

But while I have you... so in your experience the Zana Deux is the pick of the bunch if one wants to stay with resonably priced tube rolling options?

 

I believe I've read that it has a rich midrage but still plenty of drive correct?

post #9435 of 25463
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

Heh yeah, but the Sonnet 2 / Super 7 aren't as good as the Stratus / BA. And the Zana Deux is a little "out there", although I do like the sound.

 

Talking about spending a minor fortune on tubes: http://www.head-fi.org/t/694899/official-2014-socal-head-fi-meet-march-22-2014-westin-south-coast-plaza/675#post_10382444

 

I didn't have much a choice. Old stock 45 tubes are rare now and I didn't want to chance anything on fleabay.

yea i just don't like the look of Eddie current gear. It needs to be ticking all the boxes for that price. They must of left the aesthetics box unchecked on the design sheet. 

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