Hello Head-Fi :) I'll keep it brief.
I'm looking for opinions, and or any hands-on experience you folk have on the Beyerdynamic Headzone H1 Virtual Surround Sound Base Station.
I plan to drive my Sennheiser HD800 with this amp, which I'm sure you know is a mercilessly honest headset as to the quality of its sources, from beginning to end. While I am near certain more suited amps are available for the price of the Headzone H1 ($900 USD), the reason I am drawn to this DAC is due to its highly reputable virtual surround sound decoding, alongside seeming to be a solid general usage amp.
The reason the virtual surround simulation is so important, is because I use my HD800 for gaming. I perfectly understand I went (way) overboard purchasing the HD800 for gaming. Though on that note, I do not regret it at all. I have tested the AD1000X, PS1000, and LCDX, along with less note-worthy headphones looking for sound stage precision, comfort, and overall sound signature pleasing to me. I actually really enjoyed the Grado PS1000, and for music may actually have chosen that headset, but as far as precision is concerned, the HD800 is King from my (short) testing. I truly enjoy these headphones, and their performance in games with lossless audio files like Battlefield 4, is simply unbelievable, or well, VERY believable lol.
I understand a high-end sound card, mixed with the right program, could supply good virtual surround sound, but I would like a full-sized amp to properly drive these rather power hungry headphones.
For now, my goal is to supply the best virtual surround sound to my HD800, while maintaining the high quality source standards the HD800 demands, that last part is why I am not interested in cheap units such as the Astro Mixamp, or Creative HD Recon.
TLDR: Please share opinions, and experience of the Beyerdynamic Headzone H1 Virtual Surround Sound Base Station.
Edited by MultiKillGaming - 5/10/14 at 9:57pm