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post #9556 of 24295
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Classical and jazz listeners likely won't need the Anax mod. This has been stated several times already. The existence of the mod or people who think the HD800 is on the bright sounding side should not be taken as a affront to people who are perfectly happy with the HD800 as is.

 

 

Sounds about right.   Also through in R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop and Rap listeners as well.

post #9557 of 24295
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Agreed on the cable lengths and effects on the "blackground".

 

However, I think it's a stretch to say internal USB to i2s implementations are always superior in X regards. I don't know if you knew this, but USB to i2s conversion is done on practically every DAC that uses USB. I don't hear the internal VIA chip USB to i2s implementation on the M7 or XMOS chip USB to i2s PWD as better than the external implementations using the OR5, even in the "blackground" aspect. In fact, they are far far worse.

 

Umm, I don't especially when there's a cable or cable length involved.

post #9558 of 24295
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I'm not reading about too many people with the HD 800 paired with the AURALiC TAURUS Mk2, but it seems like it's really hitting it out of the park in terms of reviews. Anyone here take the leap and, if you did, what do you think? I would say it's this and the CMA800R that are at the top of the list right now for me.
I've read comment somewhere about the Questyle dulling the sound too much, making it good for bad recordings with the HD800, but not up to the level of the Taurus or a GS-X on decent or good recordings. Personally I aim for the best performance with the best recordings and just deal with the blemishes on poorer recordings.
post #9559 of 24295

I find the taurus with the HD800 to be a great match.. brings out all the details (good dac is a must though..) with no hardness whatsoever, and great bass amount, slam and impact - more than what i have heard before off the HD800 to be honest (This is with Bryston BDA-2 as DAC)

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Umm, I don't especially when there's a cable or cable length involved.

 

Then why does the OR5 with its external i2s cable sound better than the USB to i2s internal solutions of the PWD2 or M7? You gather what I am saying?

post #9561 of 24295
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I've read comment somewhere about the Questyle dulling the sound too much, making it good for bad recordings with the HD800, but not up to the level of the Taurus or a GS-X on decent or good recordings. Personally I aim for the best performance with the best recordings and just deal with the blemishes on poorer recordings.


I think you are referring to me? I can't say if it was the Questyle amp or DAC. But either one or both them were dulling up the sound, smoothing out a lot of apparent bite, treble, air, etc. In some ways, tonal response, you can say that's a good match. In other ways it's bad if the upstream equipment isn't able to reproduce what the HD800 is capable of.

post #9562 of 24295
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I've read comment somewhere about the Questyle dulling the sound too much, making it good for bad recordings with the HD800, but not up to the level of the Taurus or a GS-X on decent or good recordings. Personally I aim for the best performance with the best recordings and just deal with the blemishes on poorer recordings.

Not true - the Questyle (CMA800R) definitely does not "dull" the sound or "smooth over" bad recordings. I find it to be very transparent and resolving with all of my recordings, good or bad. Pairing the amp with a good dac is key.
post #9563 of 24295

As always-point of reference is key.

 

-Daniel

post #9564 of 24295

Well maybe it's the Questyle DAC which is craptastic. Now I wish I pulled the two units apart to determine which was the culprit, or at least how the craptastic-ness was distributed. Bah, just buy an HDVD800. Doesn't compare to the best, but pretty darn good with excellent synergy with the HD800; and at a "reasonable" price too for the package. Sexy looking box too.

 

ADD: Use balanced from the HDVD800. The single ended out is gimp.


Edited by purrin - 3/26/14 at 7:04pm
post #9565 of 24295
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Well maybe it's the Questyle DAC which is craptastic. Now I wish I pulled the two units apart to determine which was the culprit, or at least how the craptastic-ness was distributed. Bah, just buy an HDVD800. Doesn't compare to the best, but pretty darn good with excellent synergy with the HD800; and at a "reasonable" price too for the package. Sexy looking box too.

 

ADD: Use balanced from the HDVD800. The single ended out is gimp.

craptastic huh!   lmao.  

post #9566 of 24295
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

Well maybe it's the Questyle DAC which is craptastic. Now I wish I pulled the two units apart to determine which was the culprit, or at least how the craptastic-ness was distributed. Bah, just buy an HDVD800. Doesn't compare to the best, but pretty darn good with excellent synergy with the HD800; and at a "reasonable" price too for the package. Sexy looking box too.

 

ADD: Use balanced from the HDVD800. The single ended out is gimp.

 

Yes, I personally believe that DAC's matter more than the AMP so that's what's so tricky about all this. It's really hard to judge a single product in the chain if more than that single product keeps changing.

 

And don't forget that we change from day to day too! I know my ears have bad days and good days.

 

Anyone got any Sheikh friends who are into headphones? We'll just ask them to buy "one of everything" and set it up in a dedicated listening room with perfect power and then we can could really start comparing. :rolleyes:

post #9567 of 24295
The HD800 is 5 years old.
How is it possible that it's still the best for the price in the market?
Is there another flagship from Sennheiser on the horizon that would replace the HD800?
Thanks.
post #9568 of 24295
Considering the previous design was in flagship use for about 15 years (HD580/600/650), no, probably not.
Edited by Maxvla - 3/26/14 at 7:52pm
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And the HD800 still sells like hotcakes. I'm surprised Sennheiser hasn't raised the price to $1999.

post #9570 of 24295
Don't give them any ideas (;
What is the latest S/N btw?
Edited by pearljam50000 - 3/26/14 at 8:12pm
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