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Poll Results: "Guess that Smell..." - SPOILERS BE WARNED!!! Thankfully, "Smell-O-Vision" doesn't exist, so the voting will show everyone's favorite Theory!

 
  • 14% (5)
    Theory 1: "Estate Sale Closeout"... aka Rigamortis Funkubus
  • 17% (6)
    Theory 2: "Death Bead Doorbuster"... aka killer sound
  • 37% (13)
    Theory 3: "Musical Mortician Madness"
  • 5% (2)
    Theory 4: "Z for Zennheiser - Z for Zombie"
  • 14% (5)
    Theory 5: "Clean your ears folks!"... aka leprosy, bringing it back!
  • 11% (4)
    Theory 6: "Taxidermy Treasure"
35 Total Votes  
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Thanks MrScotchGuy and all contributing Head-Fiers, had me totally enthralled throughout, was getting frustrated waiting for the conclusion. I admit the suspense was worth it, just had to keep reading after that. I love the before and after photos, you look like the cat that got the cream :atsmile: I just couldn't take the white elephant story and skipped to the end (groan!!). Think that right now I really need a whisky and ginger beer.

 

:beerchug: 


Edited by RayMusicLover - 1/1/14 at 12:11pm
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mrscotchguy doesn't answer pm's... =(

Sorry bud, I usually do. It was the super-busy holiday season at my small shop. I must've miss it...

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Thanks MrScotchGuy and all contributing Head-Fiers, had me totally enthralled throughout, was getting frustrated waiting for the conclusion. I admit the suspense was worth it, just had to keep reading after that. I love the before and after photos, you look like the cat that got the cream :atsmile: I just couldn't take the white elephant story and skipped to the end (groan!!). Think that right now I really need a whisky and ginger beer.

 

:beerchug: 

Glad you liked enjoyed it.  Now I am trying to figure out what to buy to make it sound its best.  I bounce between my PS Audio GCHA (music) and my iPad (shows). 

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Glad you liked enjoyed it.  Now I am trying to figure out what to buy to make it sound its best.  I bounce between my PS Audio GCHA (music) and my iPad (shows). 

 

I recently got the HD800 as well. Got it for $890 new from that Amazon sale. I hope you got it for far cheaper after all the hoops you had to jump through. :o

 

Anyways, I had already spend way more than I should this holiday season, so I wasn't looking to get a new amp, but to use existing gear. I had the Bottlehead Crack already, and it pairs decently with the HD800, compared to solid state amps. However, even then, I still found it to sound a bit reserved and polite for livelier music like rock or pop. On a whim, I added my Bottlehead Quickie preamp to the chain, and to my surprise the sound became something else. I found it to have a lot more body and weight, and sound a lot lusher. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the sound. For about $400, I haven't heard of any other well praised amp for the HD800.

 

I made some interesting observations after some playing around with my chain and various headphones. I found the Quickie to really pull the weight in my chain, and that even Quickie + solid state amp sounds better than Crack alone. You can read about it here if you're interested: http://www.head-fi.org/t/607079/beyerdynamic-t90-d/1395#post_10124880

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I recently got the HD800 as well. Got it for $890 new from that Amazon sale. I hope you got it for far cheaper after all the hoops you had to jump through. :o

 

Anyways, I had already spend way more than I should this holiday season, so I wasn't looking to get a new amp, but to use existing gear. I had the Bottlehead Crack already, and it pairs decently with the HD800, compared to solid state amps. However, even then, I still found it to sound a bit reserved and polite for livelier music like rock or pop. On a whim, I added my Bottlehead Quickie preamp to the chain, and to my surprise the sound became something else. I found it to have a lot more body and weight, and sound a lot lusher. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the sound. For about $400, I haven't heard of any other well praised amp for the HD800.

 

I made some interesting observations after some playing around with my chain and various headphones. I found the Quickie to really pull the weight in my chain, and that even Quickie + solid state amp sounds better than Crack alone. You can read about it here if you're interested: http://www.head-fi.org/t/607079/beyerdynamic-t90-d/1395#post_10124880

I still won't comment on the price I paid, however, mine was well used.  Soo I am thinking you got the better deal (saw it while drooling at the Deals Thread) even if I got the better story to go with it.  I hope the HD800 treats you well.  I never bothered with the Bottlehead since I am not good at all at soldering and the whole DIY audio equipment.  The most I ever got into it was ruining a good pair of Fostex T50rps :eek:

 

There is a local guy who has one, I hope he'll haul his out so I can have a listen next meetup.  Truth be told, I don't see owning a tube amp.  The two amps I keep eyeballing are the new Phonitor2 and the Oppo HA-1.  Until then, just need to decide on a dac!

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I still won't comment on the price I paid, however, mine was well used.  Soo I am thinking you got the better deal (saw it while drooling at the Deals Thread) even if I got the better story to go with it.  I hope the HD800 treats you well.  I never bothered with the Bottlehead since I am not good at all at soldering and the whole DIY audio equipment.  The most I ever got into it was ruining a good pair of Fostex T50rps eek.gif

There is a local guy who has one, I hope he'll haul his out so I can have a listen next meetup.  Truth be told, I don't see owning a tube amp.  The two amps I keep eyeballing are the new Phonitor2 and the Oppo HA-1.  Until then, just need to decide on a dac!

If you end up going for the OPPO, your DAC decision is covered. Is the phoinitor 2 amp, only? I've considered the phonitor, myself.

I keep thinking about buying a Smyth Realiser now that it has HDMI. The ability to customize my own HRTF and share systems/speakers/room treatments is really appealing to me. And head tracking, too.
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If you end up going for the OPPO, your DAC decision is covered. Is the phoinitor 2 amp, only? I've considered the phonitor, myself.

I keep thinking about buying a Smyth Realiser now that it has HDMI. The ability to customize my own HRTF and share systems/speakers/room treatments is really appealing to me. And head tracking, too.

Hey there BMF!

 

Yeah, I'm just playing the waiting game right now.  I am probably going to go with a mid level dac until I can save up for a nicer option (crossing my fingers for the Oppo).  

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