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post #9751 of 15428
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post
 

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to mod the HD800 to be a closed set of cans? Then I would understand all this talk about portable dacs and the HD800 better.

 

Strange question I know, just curious... what it would sound like... no I'm not going to do it... :rolleyes: 

 

I guess cupping your hands around the outside while wearing them gives a pretty good approximation.

Cupping your hands around them makes them sound like crap. ;) 

 

 Amazing how bad they sound when you cover the grill 

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I have had good success placing a medium size cardboard box over my head.  Make sure to leave approx. 6 inches on either side.  Just remember to poke some air holes.

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I always read that the STAX SR-009 is better than HD800 , i wonder in what way are they better, and how much in % are they better?
post #9754 of 15428
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I have had good success placing a medium size cardboard box over my head.  Make sure to leave approx. 6 inches on either side.  Just remember to poke some air holes.
can we get a photo of this mod?
post #9755 of 15428
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I always read that the STAX SR-009 is better than HD800 , i wonder in what way are they better, and how much in % are they better?

 

At this level, I believe no phones is a complete improvement over another. Unlike what the T1 is to the DT880, The SR-009 may be a better overall cans, but there might still be some areas where the HD800 have the upper hand (Soundstage and maybe, detail retrieval?)

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At this level, I believe no phones is a complete improvement over another. Unlike what the T1 is to the DT880, The SR-009 may be a better overall cans, but there might still be some areas where the HD800 have the upper hand (Soundstage and maybe, detail retrieval?)

 

Have you heard the SR-009?

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HD800 is better in detail retrieval and depth presentation by far, IMHO, FWIW, m2c, GFY, etc. Also hits with more impact in the lower bass (depending upon amp). HD800 allows one to use SET amps if one likes that sound (although Frank Cooter did once make a great SET electrostatic amp, I doubt such will ever enter commercial production.) SR009 tonal response, transient response, speed, and cleanness (low distortion) is better than HD800. Pick your poison.


Edited by purrin - 4/1/14 at 8:05pm
post #9758 of 15428
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post
 

 

Have you heard the SR-009?

 

Nope, just forwarding the impressions of some who have heard both.

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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

HD800 is better in detail retrieval and depth presentation by far, IMHO, FWIW, m2c, GFY, etc. Also hits with more impact in the lower bass (depending upon amp). HD800 allows one to use SET amps if one likes that sound (although Frank Cooter did once make a great SET electrostatic amp, I doubt such will ever enter commercial production.) SR009 tonal response, transient response, speed, and cleanness (low distortion) is better than HD800. Pick your poison.

What are some good SET amps for the HD800?

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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post

used to do that myself. Then i sold the 650's frown.gif

What do you use as a portable now?
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

HD800 is better in detail retrieval and depth presentation by far, IMHO, FWIW, m2c, GFY, etc. Also hits with more impact in the lower bass (depending upon amp). HD800 allows one to use SET amps if one likes that sound (although Frank Cooter did once make a great SET electrostatic amp, I doubt such will ever enter commercial production.) SR009 tonal response, transient response, speed, and cleanness (low distortion) is better than HD800. Pick your poison.

What are some good SET amps for the HD800?

Decware CSP3+ is great....You can pick up a CSP2+ for under $1000 if you keep an eye out.

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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 
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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post

I always read that the STAX SR-009 is better than HD800 , i wonder in what way are they better, and how much in % are they better?

 

At this level, I believe no phones is a complete improvement over another. Unlike what the T1 is to the DT880, The SR-009 may be a better overall cans, but there might still be some areas where the HD800 have the upper hand (Soundstage and maybe, detail retrieval?)

 

The main upper hand they have is that they don't need a $5000 amp to sound fantastic IMO.:smile:

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Originally Posted by Rayzilla View Post


What do you use as a portable now?

HD595 - not the greatest because its not closed but either was the 650. I want to get the LCDXC and i plan on selling my T1 but i don't know yet whether i will get the LCDXC or upgrade my DAC. I probably need the DAC more than the headphone. When this DNA Stratus comes in my lowly ole RDAC wont cut the mustard.  

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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

HD800 is better in detail retrieval and depth presentation by far, IMHO, FWIW, m2c, GFY, etc. Also hits with more impact in the lower bass (depending upon amp). HD800 allows one to use SET amps if one likes that sound (although Frank Cooter did once make a great SET electrostatic amp, I doubt such will ever enter commercial production.) SR009 tonal response, transient response, speed, and cleanness (low distortion) is better than HD800. Pick your poison.

Here is a question i asked in the DNA thread ¬


 

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Just as a matter of interest -has anyone heard the BHSE/009 and DNA/HD800 side by side

for a lengthy period of time and come out preferring the DNA/HD800?

 

 

maybe you could say considering you heard both. I think you spend a bit of time with the Stratus yourself? 

 

 

Thanks 

 

 Paddy

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I've never heard the SR-009 myself but reading through the pages here on head-fi it seems there are some who have gone from HD800 to SR-009, and others who have gone from SR-009 to HD800. Then there are others who prefers orthos to both of those.

 

I think one of the most important thing to realize during your head-fi journey is that headphones are just like cars. There really is no "best car", there are cars that are better than others, and there are cars that do some things better than others, but there really is no "best" overall car. Although there are some cars who are utter dogs though.

 

Then there are people who are perfectly happy to have an average middle prized car and it gets them from A to B and makes them happy. Then there are others who keep changing from Ferrari to Maserati to Aston Martin each year and who never are happy, or maybe they are just curious and like to change things up a bit?

 

Personally I know I prefer my HD800 to the LCD-2/3, and that's not because I think they are worse, they're just different. I would love to try the SR-009 to see what all the fuzz is about though :rolleyes: 

 

Right now I'm keeping my eyes on the HE-560. If it's anything like the HE-500 but with lower weight, better comfort etc I think it could be a potential giant slayer.


Edited by TwoEars - 4/2/14 at 10:51am
post #9765 of 15428
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Originally Posted by frankrondaniel View Post
 

 

How difficult was it to put together?  I received on as a gift this past Christmas but haven't had a chance to build it yet.  I'm very curious to hear how it pairs with the 800's.

It's definitely worth the price of admission. I tool around all the time on cars, but hadn't picked up a soldering iron in a decade and was able to get the whole thing done in about two days with minimal difficulty. Absolutely more fun than it was frustrating and it sounds pretty good. It's an easy recommendation for me.

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