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post #16 of 42
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Rudi on this forum owns both intruder and 800. He is a respectable and friendly member whom you can PM.

I have 650 and intruder and it drives with ease, no hiss. But its not the same league as 800

650 and 800 are easy to drive - both 300ohms but the sensitivity of both is high enough. But looking for a good pairing for 800 is harder than with 650.

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Honestly, i dont know where to reach him. What's his username here? Or will better ti contact him at his blog?

Just head over to the blog.


Thanks...
post #17 of 42
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Originally Posted by Takeanidea View Post

I use the ALO PanAm Tube Dac Headphone Amp with a battery pack which runs the HD800s on low gain to ridiculously loud levels. It's excellent on the battery pack and lasts much longer this way than the Graham Slee Novo. This is because the Novo takes 24V and the PanAm takes 12V. I would have to say I prefer the sound of the Novo, but not by much. I doubt if I could tell the difference under blind listening conditions but both are absolutely superb.
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I get around 9 hours running my HD800s through the Pan Am and rarely turn the volume knob past 9:00, even for classical. I'm not sure if it is the Siemens NOS tubes or my simple imagination, but I experience warm, not blooming bass, lush mids, and "smooth" treble with almost all recordings. I just don't find the flaws commonly associated with the HD800 in my current setup. The great thing is I can take this combo anywhere and still experience the (near) full potential of the HD800. I would define myself as a "sound skeptic" who believes as long as strong linear power can be delivered at the proper impedance, the sound quality will be the same. Keep in mind that I am in agreement that different components (amp, DAC, turntable cartridge, preamp) color the sound and may be used to achieve the desired output from a given pair of headphones. Having stated my satisfaction with my Pan Am, I must admit it is a more "transportable" than portable audio solution, for transportation of the battery, associated cables, amp, and secure enclosure for the tubes requires more space than any pants or jacket pockets can provide. I am currently seeking out a more portable rig so that I may combine the 3 portable devices I now use (HP-P1, Pan Am, rPAC) into a single, versatile device, thus placing me in a very similar boat to you. I am hoping to audition the M8, which many have proffed to be a most excellent amplifier for both the HD800 and low-impedance IEMs, within the next few weeks. Given the $130 price difference between the Pan Am and M8, I would be quite cautious when choosing between the two--one offers features and versatility, while the other is a solid, minimalistic, yet robust unit.
post #18 of 42
Hi good to hear from a panam owner. A more portable rig that achieves it all may well be the dx100 the astell and kern or the colorfly c4. I can only say that I have the hm601 and that will run the hd800s out and about on high gain but it sounds strained.
That would mean that all your great kit including your itunes collection becomes redundant. ... I don't think there's an easy solution to this
post #19 of 42
From what I've heard, the M8 does everything. It takes USB B input from computers, USB A input from iDevices, and hosts plethora of available outputs ranging from 1/8 in to fully balanced output.
post #20 of 42

The review is out on the M8 with the HD800.  Long story short: get it!  I already ordered one just for this, and I haven't even gotten my HD800 yet.

post #21 of 42
Do you not think that the v amp verza will power the hd800s? How do they work with your other phonrs?
post #22 of 42
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Originally Posted by Takeanidea View Post

Do you not think that the v amp verza will power the hd800s? How do they work with your other phonrs?

The VERZA is good for general use, but not for anything over 150 ohms in my opinion.

post #23 of 42
From what I've heard, no. The Verza and M8 cost roughly the same, but one can power almost every headphone in existence without effort, while the other sits nicely in your pocket as a bulky phone case.
post #24 of 42
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Originally Posted by Takeanidea View Post

I use the ALO PanAm Tube Dac Headphone Amp with a battery pack which runs the HD800s on low gain to ridiculously loud levels. It's excellent on the battery pack and lasts much longer this way than the Graham Slee Novo. This is because the Novo takes 24V and the PanAm takes 12V. I would have to say I prefer the sound of the Novo, but not by much. I doubt if I could tell the difference under blind listening conditions but both are absolutely superb.

Hi,

 

I'm interested to know how to get a battery pack if I decide to go for the Nova amp? I can see you're based in the UK, can you tell me how you were to get ALO Pan Am from the states?

 

Thanks.

post #25 of 42
The battery pack is a power gorilla. Whichever dc battery pack you get for a nova it has to be able to handle 24v. For the panam it needs 12v. The dc pplug adapter for the novo was a standard plug that came with the battery but the panam I had to get from china.
The panam I bought 2nd hand from Ebay and the plug was through ebay too
post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by Takeanidea View Post

The battery pack is a power gorilla. Whichever dc battery pack you get for a nova it has to be able to handle 24v. For the panam it needs 12v. The dc pplug adapter for the novo was a standard plug that came with the battery but the panam I had to get from china.
The panam I bought 2nd hand from Ebay and the plug was through ebay too

Thank you very much for the information.

post #27 of 42

Just one question.

 

Would you recommend the Nova to go with my HD800 or  should I spend a little bit more and get something else? 

post #28 of 42
Beemarman, the nova is a superb headphone amplifier. Try that one first. I've bought others but the nova is still one I use loads. I like it better than the panam but remember the panam is a dac too.
Edited by Takeanidea - 10/18/13 at 12:52pm
post #29 of 42
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Originally Posted by Takeanidea View Post

Beemarman, the nova is a superb headphone amplifier. Try that one first. I've bought others but the nova is still one I use loads. I like it better than the panam but remember the panam is a dac too.

Thanks for getting back to me on this. I'll try and get a listen to one.

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