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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post


I think this will be me on Monday, except with the HD800 and Questyle CMA800R, but hopefully the K812 will surprise me with its pairing with the Questyle.
I've never heard of that amp, but I wish you great success in seeking the perfect match.
post #1757 of 3074
I'm going into this with some skepticism, so my take on it would likely be less embellished, at least not in a positive way. That said, a similar thing happened for me with the HD800. I first had a week-long demo with my friend's pair, and I honestly wasn't impressed compared to my HE-500. Later I got a pair myself because of the $889 Amazon deal, and I expected the same impression. However, by this time I had better amplification and with further listening, my opinion changed. I stopped using the HE-500 altogether and am selling out now.

So if the K812 can reverse my skepticism and have me praising it, then maybe there's something to it. If I give a negative review, take it with a grain of salt because I am admitting my negative bias here before I even listen to it. A positive review on this from me will be of more value than a negative one. As I'm using an amp made for the HD800, it's unlikely the K812 will come out on top or even match the HD800.
Edited by Sonido - 3/7/14 at 9:01am
post #1758 of 3074
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post

I guess I'm now going to reconsider the Sennheiser HD800 again. If it was easy to drive, I would have bought it already ( hence why the AKG K812 caught my interest, as an easy to drive alternative to the Sennheiser HD800)
HD800 is actually fairly easy to drive (easier than HD600). The only problem is that many affordable amps don't have good synergy with them. Stick to the few known good combos like Vali/M-Stage/Crack and ignore everything else until you can afford a top amp.
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


HD800 is actually fairly easy to drive (easier than HD600). The only problem is that many affordable amps don't have good synergy with them. Stick to the few known good combos like Vali/M-Stage/Crack and ignore everything else until you can afford a top amp.

I don't know if it's synergy or the HD800's impeccable ability to reveal flaws and issues in upstream gear. Maybe a bit of both?

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Lehmann Audio Linear amps have been KING in my collection for a long time. You did well choosing the SE.
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The new stuff always sounds better.


Edited by Dreyka - 3/7/14 at 2:29pm
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

Are you getting yours today?

 

Mine is definitely coming in tomorrow. I have the tracking and everything. This time it's air mail so there shouldn't be any problems with trains. I'm hoping there isn't a plane derailment.

post #1763 of 3074
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Originally Posted by HiFiGuy528 View Post

Lehmann Audio Linear amps have been KING in my collection for a long time. You did well choosing the SE.[/quote

Thanks, I'm not sour what to set the gain setting at on the bottom of the amp, any advice for the k812 and hd800?
post #1764 of 3074
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Are you getting yours today?

Mine is definitely coming in tomorrow. I have the tracking and everything. This time it's air mail so there shouldn't be any problems with trains. I'm hoping there isn't a plane derailment.
Was scheduled to come in today, but it didn't like I thought. It only shipped out from California yesterday enroute to Georgia. We'll see if it comes tomorrow.
post #1765 of 3074
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


HD800 is actually fairly easy to drive (easier than HD600). The only problem is that many affordable amps don't have good synergy with them. Stick to the few known good combos like Vali/M-Stage/Crack and ignore everything else until you can afford a top amp.

 

So you get a Vali and M-stage, smoke some crack and the HD800 sounds great?

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So you get a Vali and M-stage, smoke some crack and the HD800 sounds great?

Only if you're the mayor or my city (Toronto). 

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So you get a Vali and M-stage, smoke some crack and the HD800 sounds great?
That works too!
post #1768 of 3074
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Are you getting yours today?

Mine is definitely coming in tomorrow. I have the tracking and everything. This time it's air mail so there shouldn't be any problems with trains. I'm hoping there isn't a plane derailment.
Or high jacked! Gla do hear your ordeal is finally just about over.
post #1769 of 3074
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How's the HD800 on that amp? And how's it compare to the K812 from the same amp?
I'm listening to the HD800 now, and the Linear SE is providing the best sound I've ever heard out the 800. It's given me a new appreciation for the 800. Hearing both the 812 and the 800 on the Linear SE, they both are much closer than I heard before. The 812 still has a fuller, deeper bass and more body to the music, but the 800 presents a beautifully balanced sound. Very articulated bass and great mids and highs. They don't sound as lean as they did on the Schitt amps.
post #1770 of 3074
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post

Just listened to Tyll's review. 

He was surprised how warm the AKG K812 sounds in comparison to the more colder / analytical sounding HD 800 despite with the Frequency Plots suggests. I guess the Harmonic Distortion is giving the AKG K812 a more musical & warmer sound that he likes? 

There seems to be a huge problem in the treble region. 

I can live with the sub optimal measurements since it's easy to drive, comfortable, huge soundstage and is great for mixing and mastering. But a flawed treble region is really a deal breaker. Hopefully AKG will release an AKG K812 MKII version which addresses the treble issue. I'm not paying $1500 for a headphone that has major issues that even $500 do correctly frown.gif  It's quite sad because the AKG K812 looked to be the #1 headphone for me to buy if it didn't have this flawed treble region.


I have to thank Tyll for preventing me from making a huge $1500 miss-buy / mistake. beerchug.gif  

I guess I'm now going to reconsider the Sennheiser HD800 again. If it was easy to drive, I would have bought it already ( hence why the AKG K812 caught my interest, as an easy to drive alternative to the Sennheiser HD800)

Perhaps you should trust your own ears and have a listen?
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