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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    I have experienced this too with the Icon and judging by how much more it happens during the day as opposed to very late at night, I d say too that it is related to power quality. However the noise of a defective tube is not that dissimilar so it can be confusing to figure out what’s what. The...
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    if you want warm and gooey get your hands on a Mullard ECC83 in place of your Gold Lion, much more of an effect on overall sound plus the most magic midrange!
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    6SN7 are not as readily available here in the UK as they are in the states so take this from someone who hasn’t tried several of the great ones but my favourites with the Icon have been a pair of CBS Hytron- dirty cheap on eBay. Such an expansive sound space and 3D sense with the HD800S...
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    I gave up on the Tubestore very early on. On my first order they sent the wrong 12AX7 which at least was in working order. When I emailed them to let them know they admittedly sent me a replacement free of charge but the replacement was humming so intensely that it was unusable. I ve had more...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    So passing through Spiritland in Mayfair today I had the opportunity to have a quickie with the Heddphone and a very brief side to side with the 800S. Listened to Pagan Poetry and Unravel by Bjork and Song of Los by Apparat, no acoustic instruments or anything orchestral as I was not in the...
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    They are both great amplifiers but to my ears the Luxman is a significant step up in transparency, layering and detail retrieval. Both are musically involving with the luxman having faultless PRAT while the icon is generally more laid back. I tend to listen to the Luxman more these days also...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    I m actually referring to True-fi, it just wasn't to my taste I guess or perhaps not right for my setup.
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    I wonder if they still have the one month free trial. I tried sonarworks with mine and always prefered them without any EQ for classical orchestral material which is- to my ears anyway- the ultimate test...
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    HEDD Announces HEDDphone With AMT Technology

    I can't wait for these to be available in the UK! I heard them in CanJam London and although I was impressed, they felt slightly underdriven by a Hugo2. Would love to see if my amps are up to the task, at this price they are very attractive for many of us on a more modest budget.
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    Icon Audio HP8/MP 3

    I have a Tungsram ECC83 that I agree sounds reminiscent of Telefunken so I d be very keen on trying their EL84s. One of my Gold Lion EL84s spectacularly died on the weekend so I m using a quad of Siemens that sound wonderful and very extended and solid down in the sub 100hz region!
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    I think i finally have to try the 800 and compare to the 800S with my own ears.
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    Glad you re enjoying it :-) Did you find it a lesser combo with the 800S?
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    That was quick! Remember , it needs a bit of time and a good 12AX7 ;-) Enjoy
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    The Gold Lion is very decent. The mullard new production are Russian made reissues so the only common thing with the NOS ones is the name. I agree with the above opinion though, great that you have extra tubes but first let the amp play and burn in a bit with the stock tubes also so that you...
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    Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

    It's the one I have as well. I d get a better 12AX7/ ECC83 for now to replace the stock one. The 800 s will give you endless fun with this amp, if you enjoy tube rolling, it really highlights how nuanced and scaleable these headphones can be. I wish I had the space for both the Luxman and the...
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