New to using HE Cans, but not audiophile systems. I just received the promise of a gift - a set of HD800s. Will be ordering them - from someone - in app a week. Great birthday gift!
The 800s will be used strictly for TV (Sony) and on some occasions music (jazz, classical, soft rock). Most of my music listening though is done in another room.
I require a toslink connection to the the Amp/DAC. Not that it will make too much difference, but I will be using a AudioQuest class 1 optical cable.
Budget: $1500 +/-
Solid State or Tubes:
I normally prefer solid state (SS) and was thinking I would just purchase the HDVD800 from Senn. However, then I read some comments from experienced users using Woo's Fire Flies. After studying the reviews and online comments I was sort of back to ground zero on what to purchase.
Try Before I Buy?
Unfortunately, the HE audio store in our town - while they carry some great systems (such as McIntosh) - do not carry hardly anything in the way Headphone gear. So, I can't try before I buy.
The dealer desires to sell me an Meridan Prime. But it does not have a toslink connection and it is a little more than I desire to invest.
I would appreciate your suggestions on any SS or Tubes systems that you think would work well. Since I will not be able to experience the sound for myself any descriptions (though subjective) would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your opinions.