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Poll Results: (Stock Tubes)

 
  • 6% (1)
    Alo Pan Am
  • 18% (3)
    Schiit Valhalla
  • 12% (2)
    Schiit Lyr
  • 25% (4)
    Woo WA3 (OTL)
  • 37% (6)
    Woo WA6
16 Total Votes  
post #16 of 23
Never heard one, so can't say much. But being an opamp design, it is about as far away in the spectrum from a tube you can get. What matters is if it sounds good to you and represents an upgrade in sound quality. If your going down that path the Burson HA-160 is worth a look.
Edited by GrindingThud - 12/26/13 at 7:41am
post #17 of 23

If you're contemplating solid state, there's a headamp GS1 up on audiogon that might be worth a look.  (http://app.audiogon.com/listings/amplifiers-headamp-gs-1-headphone-amp-pre-amp-2013-12-02-headphones-80401 )  Well executed dynalos (e.g. the GS-1) have really stood the test of time.  In fact, headamp's much praised $2.5k flagship of today is a high end balanced dynalo reboot.  Some folks have said the Burson soloist is a dynalo derivative as well (see post 825 - http://www.head-fi.org/t/613800/burson-new-soloist-headphone-amp/810 )

 

Finding someone who is skilled in SMD to build "The Wire" for you is another good option.  Boards are finally available again.  Parts are relatively cheap, and feedback has been very positive.  http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/vendors-bazaar/237152-wire-official-boards-all-projects-available-here-bal-bal-se-se-lpuhp.html  I'm planning to give one a go but my last attempt as SMD was a bit of a mess, so I'm definitely not your guy :wink_face: 

post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by skeptic View Post
 

If you're contemplating solid state, there's a headamp GS1 up on audiogon that might be worth a look.  (http://app.audiogon.com/listings/amplifiers-headamp-gs-1-headphone-amp-pre-amp-2013-12-02-headphones-80401 )  Well executed dynalos (e.g. the GS-1) have really stood the test of time.  In fact, headamp's much praised $2.5k flagship of today is a high end balanced dynalo reboot.  Some folks have said the Burson soloist is a dynalo derivative as well (see post 825 - http://www.head-fi.org/t/613800/burson-new-soloist-headphone-amp/810 )

 

Finding someone who is skilled in SMD to build "The Wire" for you is another good option.  Boards are finally available again.  Parts are relatively cheap, and feedback has been very positive.  http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/vendors-bazaar/237152-wire-official-boards-all-projects-available-here-bal-bal-se-se-lpuhp.html  I'm planning to give one a go but my last attempt as SMD was a bit of a mess, so I'm definitely not your guy :wink_face: 


Agreed that Headamp's stuff is first-rate.  I've met and talked to Justin personally, along with KG, too.  Headamp's stuff is exactly what a DIY-er would build, if they had access to top-flite machining and finish-processing, that is.

 

Another very different but extremely high quality source - because they do stuff "out-of-the-box" and tubes - is ECP Audio (check the Summit-Fi forum section).  Head-Fi user Dsavitsk is the force behind ECP Audio.  Tyll Hertsens even mentioned that the ECP Audio L-2 is an excellent pairing with the HD800 in his comparative review of the Abyss headphone on innerfidelity (http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/jps-labs-abyss-ab-1266-planar-magnetic-headphones-page-2) :
 

Quote:

Sennheiser's HD 800 is a long-time favorite of mine, but finding an appropriate amp for it has always eluded me. After reading some very good impressions from people who's opinions I trust, I asked Doug Savitsky of ECP Audio for a loan of his L-2 amp. Holy guacamole! I've never heard my modified HD 800s sound better. Truly a fabulous pairing that retains all the speed of the HD 800 and significantly rids it of it's sterile edge. Nate Maher's InnerFidelity review of the L-2 is here. My review of the HD 800 is here, see this article for HD 800 modification instructions.

 

Just an FYI, though - I am not one in the O2 or "wire" camp.  It's quite possible to build a headphone amp that measures excellently (CMoy?) but falls short of sufficiently powering real-world headphone loads with complicated music passages. 

post #19 of 23

WA22 is not listed.  :)

post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

WA22 is not listed.  :)

i think because of its price, he wants to keep it low cost. 

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

i think because of its price, he wants to keep it low cost. 

Thx! I missed that.  Then, I'll pick Schiit Valhalla.

post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Thx! I missed that.  Then, I'll pick Schiit Valhalla.

 

The problem is I read somewhere that the Valhalla is a bright amp, but many people seem to suggest that it might be a good pairing with HD800. And I'm very surprised that not a single person favours the Pan Am.

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by 62ohm View Post
 

 

The problem is I read somewhere that the Valhalla is a bright amp, but many people seem to suggest that it might be a good pairing with HD800. And I'm very surprised that not a single person favours the Pan Am.

I have personally tried the HD800 on Valhalla.  To my ears, I dont think it's bright at all.  Stock tubes too.  With upgraded tubes, it should improve more.

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