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post #61 of 94

Sorry guys, life's just been nutty and I'm still not feeling well these days. I've got a review 3/4 done sitting on my computer...

post #62 of 94
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Sorry guys, life's just been nutty and I'm still not feeling well these days. I've got a review 3/4 done sitting on my computer...

 

Oh, no worries at all; I don't think anyone was trying to make that point.

 

FWIW, I've decided that the HA-200 is my next amp (mostly based on my previous experience with NuForce gear and your own anecdotal comments).

post #63 of 94

I recommend getting two :biggrin:

post #64 of 94
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I recommend getting two :biggrin:

 

Yeah... I saw that in your earlier comments.  I don't have any balanced phones, but maybe I need LCD-3s to go with the new mono blocks. :o2smile:

post #65 of 94
Im sorry for the noobish question, but can you use it if you only have only one amp and not two?
post #66 of 94
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Yeah... I saw that in your earlier comments.  I don't have any balanced phones, but maybe I need LCD-3s to go with the new mono blocks. :o2smile:

 

Both and HD598 and 650 stock cables have four conductors... not too hard to reterminate them :cool:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/719661/sennheiser-hd598-recable-single-sided-balanced

 

 

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Im sorry for the noobish question, but can you use it if you only have only one amp and not two?

 

Yes. If using it single ended, feed the amp from the RCA inputs and use the 1/4" jack.

 

If using balanced, feed the amp from the XLR on the back, and plug (one half) of your headphones into the front XLR jack under the flip cover.

post #67 of 94

Is it good with HD800?

post #68 of 94
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post
 

 

Both and HD598 and 650 stock cables have four conductors... not too hard to reterminate them :cool:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/719661/sennheiser-hd598-recable-single-sided-balanced

 

 

Ha Ha, nice.

 

Of course, there is also a thread showing me how to mod my Arcam DAC to include XLR outs?

post #69 of 94
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Is it good with HD800?

 

I've had a chance to compare using an HD800 vs the likes of a Nuforce DAC-100, Yulong DA8, Violectric V181, Wadia 121. None of those are slouches at all. The improvement with the HA-200 in balanced mode was startling.

 

I am of the opinion that Nuforce gear matches very well with Sennheiser.

 

edit: While my primary headphone is the HE-6, I do feel that the HD800 is a better match with the HA-200.

 

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Ha Ha, nice.

 

Of course, there is also a thread showing me how to mod my Arcam DAC to include XLR outs?

 

You could do it with a transformer... here you go:  http://www.jensen-transformers.com/as/as052.pdf


Edited by Armaegis - 5/28/14 at 7:32pm
post #70 of 94
I can only afford one (;
post #71 of 94
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I've had a chance to compare using an HD800 vs the likes of a Nuforce DAC-100, Yulong DA8, Violectric V181, Wadia 121. None of those are slouches at all. The improvement with the HA-200 in balanced mode was startling.

I am of the opinion that Nuforce gear matches very well with Sennheiser.

edit: While my primary headphone is the HE-6, I do feel that the HD800 is a better match with the HA-200.


You could do it with a transformer... here you go:  http://www.jensen-transformers.com/as/as052.pdf

do you think D18 plus two HA-200 would be a good match, from what I read the HA-200 has a warm sound signature, so maybe D18 is the wrong choice here? Pairing with balanced HD650 and balanced HD540ii whihc has a pretty similar sound signature to Hd800. in general do I undestand correctly that the HA-200 is better with high impedance phones? Thanks guys:)
post #72 of 94

I haven't heard the D18, but I did have the DA8 hooked up and thought it was a very good match. I've been considering a new dac and the Yulong stuff is on the short list.

 

I wouldn't say the HA-200 is really warm. It leans slightly that way, but is more punchy than fuzzy.

post #73 of 94

I organized a meet the other day and had a chance to compare the HA-200 (monoblock config) vs the Emotiva Mini-X. Listening was done primarily with the HD800 and HE-6, fed from a Yulong DA8. I think it is fair to suggest that the source and headphones used were of acceptably high calibre for such a comparison.

 

 

 

 

Well, I can safely say that the HA-200 loses out in terms of sheer volume... but for everything else, the Nuforce monoblocks smacked the Emotiva around like an *insert appropriate euphemism here*. Simply no contest at all. Yeah ok it's $220 vs $700, so cost is 3.2x higher*. Would I say it's 3.2x better? You know what... absolutely it is. Even if you can't afford two units for mono, even in single ended use it sounds better. (*coincidence: the gain of the HA-200 is 3.2x). The only hiccup is that if you're trying to push something like the HE-6, you'll need a dac with high output to get sufficient headroom (I suggest 4V).

 

As much as I like the HE-6, I do think the HD800 is a better pairing (if you twisted my arm to pick one). Actually, in my experience so far I find Nuforce gear tends to mesh really well with the HD800 and gives it a really nice impact in the bass.

 

I am also finding now that the HA-200 is letting me pick out differences in dacs much more easily.


Edited by Armaegis - 6/17/14 at 1:54am
post #74 of 94

I was at Armaegis' meet, and I have to say, everything he said in the previous post is spot on. Now I have a yen for a pair of those Nuforce monoblocks. 

post #75 of 94

Now if only I had your dac, which was clearly a league above mine.

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