Originally Posted by mikek200
Just to add with what LongBow has said.
I have owned the lcd-2's,and the he-6's-I have to say ,that imho,the hd800's are probably ,the finest headphones I've ever owned
I can't understand ,why so many ,find them bright--I do not,not,... with the type of music I listen to ,...mostly classical,,,jazz,70's rock,,,,and lately female vocals.,some opera??
My setup is:
Taboo II > Metrum Octave II.
Here are the tubes I'm currently using:
Raytheon 5751 windmill getter---signal tube
JJ 6p15-ev stock tune ---Output tubes
There are a few other tubes that I do sometimes use ,like the Mullards,Siemens Silverplate,and recently a Mazda 12au7 Cifte.
Hope this helps,& good luck.,with the incoming taboo III
Originally Posted by longbowbbs
Mark, one of the nice things about either the Silver Poison or the Silver Widows is the small amount of gold that is in the wire. It negates the general brightness that all silver seems to have and really makes the low end come out nice and clean. I have never considered the HD800's overly bright. Generally when a review suggests this, the rest of the chain is not up to the HD800's in quality. Once you get to the better amps, then the HD800's stay clean. The brightness seems to be a result of the lack of quality they are receiving.
I have listened to both the LCD-2's and HD800's with the Taboo MK III and I prefer the HD800's. I have used a balanced cable for both cans. I did not have SW's for the LCD 2's but I would expect nothing but improved sound from them.
Good luck with your choices!
Thanks everyone for your input. I think I'll give the HD 800's a shot but wouldn't ever give up the LCD 2.2s......well maybe for a LCD 3...hehe. Nothing wrong with two flavors...right? I have a question in to Frank of Toxic Cables to see if he could make a Silver Widow adapter so I could use my LCD SWs with the HD 800s. I'm not sure I'm ready to spend another $490 for a second dedicated set for the HD 800s.
mikek200, I've got a pair of those Raytheon's coming today for use in my Jolida CDP but before they go in I think I'll try one in the taboo as you are. Is it really a 5751 if it isn't a triple mica but rather a 2 mica with a "windmill". Below is what I read at "Joe's tube lore" on this tube. Thanks, Mark.
"Raytheon - Well this guy is one of the happy surprises on the list. I first stumbled on him about a year ago and lived quite happily with a pair in the Thor until I finally found some of the killer Sylvanias. The great thing about this tube beyond its sound quality is its availability, but more on that later. The strength of this tube is its overall balance. Its got the 5751 sense of focus in spades, is clean, open and evenhanded in frequency response if just a little sweet on top. As a result it has just a bit less life and energy than some of the premium Sylvanias and even the GE black plate. Its also a bit less forward in terms of where it puts the performers in the soundstage compared to those tubes - but I still wouldn't call it laid back. Availability on this guy is pretty good. Tube world has been selling these for the past several months, SND has had them in the past as well, and a pair or two are on auction at ebay every few weeks. Price? Usually $15 to $18 a tube. I'd definitely track down a pair of these if I were playing around with 5751s...
In my part 3 installation above, I identified the Raytheon as a 3 mica spacer design. It is in fact a 2 mica spacer with a "windmill" getter that looks more than a bit like a 3 spacer design on quick glance - I should have checked closer."