Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › Driving a Senn HD800 with a Nuforce HDP and a CEntrance DacPort
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Driving a Senn HD800 with a Nuforce HDP and a CEntrance DacPort

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

Just bought a HD800 to replace my T1. This is probably a really stupid noob question, but will they drive (moderately to decently) ok with a Nuforce HDP or a CEntrance DacPort (I wanted a portable USB amp with a 1/4" output)? These are the only AMP/DAC's I have (unless you count cheap Fiios), and I can't really afford a $1000 WooAudio Amp. I've heard the HD800's are notoriously hard to drive/amp-picky, but I'm just not sure to what extent. Thanks!

 

-D

post #2 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by davisxu View Post

Hi all,

 

Just bought a HD800 to replace my T1. This is probably a really stupid noob question, but will they drive (moderately to decently) ok with a Nuforce HDP or a CEntrance DacPort (I wanted a portable USB amp with a 1/4" output)? These are the only AMP/DAC's I have (unless you count cheap Fiios), and I can't really afford a $1000 WooAudio Amp. I've heard the HD800's are notoriously hard to drive/amp-picky, but I'm just not sure to what extent. Thanks!

 

-D

 

 

It should in theory power the HD800 decently, same as it powers the T1's.  You won't have issues with volume. But IMHO, HDP is a very bad choice for both the T1 and HD800 when it comes to sound signature, its too thin and harsh.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks! Any other opinions?

post #4 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by derbigpr View Post

 

 

It should in theory power the HD800 decently, same as it powers the T1's.  You won't have issues with volume. But IMHO, HDP is a very bad choice for both the T1 and HD800 when it comes to sound signature, its too thin and harsh.

 

Really? My experience with the HDP and Dacport is that they lean on the slightly warmer side of things. Especially with the higher output impedance which will give a warmer sound in the HD800. I've tried the HDP + HD800 briefly and thought it was decent with enough power to spare.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

any other opinions? I'm find that the sound off of my Centrance DacPort is too bright... any cheap tube amplifiers to drive the HD800?

 

Also, besides the dacport, what else is USB powered, 1/4" terminated, and can drive a HD800? Also interested in desktop amps (I currently have the NuForce HDP) with tubes?


Edited by davisxu - 8/8/13 at 2:01am
post #6 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by davisxu View Post

any other opinions? I'm find that the sound off of my Centrance DacPort is too bright... any cheap tube amplifiers to drive the HD800?

 

Also, besides the dacport, what else is USB powered, 1/4" terminated, and can drive a HD800? Also interested in desktop amps (I currently have the NuForce HDP) with tubes?

 

 

Again, cant speak for HD800, but I recently got the Little Dot MKIII tube amp, its only 200 dollars, but has plenty of power for T1's and sounds far better than Nuforce HDP; in fact, to put it nicely, HDP's headphone out sounds like crap next to it, lean, thin, lifeless, dull, plasticky... So, you might wanna take a look at Little dot.  They also have the MK4, which is more expensive, but takes it up to a different level. Also take a look at Darkvoice tube amps, and Bottlehead crack.  Depends on your budget... I find T1's listenable with MKIII, didn't find it listenable with HDP. What I mean by that, I rather even listen to my 8 year old Sennheiser HD212 than T1's with most music when used with HDP, thats how bad it is, so I assume HD800, which is even more amp dependent, cant be any better.


Edited by derbigpr - 8/8/13 at 3:22am
post #7 of 8

By the way I doubt anything thats USB powered will run the HD800's properly.

post #8 of 8

will power fine, but will probably sound thin and bright

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphone Amps (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphone Amps (full-size) › Driving a Senn HD800 with a Nuforce HDP and a CEntrance DacPort