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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    Amp-related question - Those of you who live in Europe and cannot/do not wish to purchase American/Chinese products - what are the recommended amps for the HD800? Is Sennheiser's own HDVD 800 a recommended option? I have heard good things in terms of pairing with the following European amps:  ...
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

    Does anyone use the Feliks Audio Elise with their HD800?
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      Interesting personal opinion, thanks. I do not own the K1000 however I own a late SN HD800 (40K+) and about 20 recordings of Beethoven's piano sonatas, including the DG Gilels box set the reviewer above has selected. I, too, am intimately familiar with the sound of a pianoforte as two members...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      That doesn't sound like my V200 I'm afraid. Any chance you might own a faulty sample? Mine renders micro-detail marvellously. I am lucky enough to have listened to the same performance live and on recording (Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI on AliaVox). I am extremely familiar with Jordi...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

    I have to disagree with the opinion below. My (late SN) HD800 works beautifully with my Violectric V200 - beautifully detailed, incredible microdynamics on well recorded acoustic music. The match is, to my ears, superior to the one achieved with the Schiit amp I had before (admittedly, one of...
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    Review: Violectric HPA V200 amp

    Hi guys   I was wondering if there is a set of recommended settings for the V200 + HD800 combo. I'm using the Violectric USB 24/96 DAC module FWIW. The back jumpers on the V200 are currently at the -6db position - and my listening volume is mostly at the 11-13 o'clock range, depending on the...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      Hi thanks for the above - what music do you listen to, mostly?
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

      Have to disagree. Jascha Heifetz has been captured on excellent audiophile recordings (RCA Red seal SACD); Wilhelm Kempff has been served extremely well by DG (the mono and later stereo Beethoven sonatas for example are really fine imho). I have several CDs by both that sound astounding on my...
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    Violectric DAC V850 - General Discussion and Impressions Thread

    Any impressions on this? I'm trying to decide whether to go for a used V800 or shell out for the new 850. Amp would be their V200 and headphones are a pair of HD800.
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

      Ahhh, the good old "ipse dixit" of Pythagorean memory!    Between a "well known music reviewer" or an open community of people who actually sit down and measure the dynamic range of tens of thousands of recordings using a foobar2000 plugin - I know whose data I would rather trust.  ...
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

        I do not think you are experiencing an amplifier or headphone problem. I think it is more likely that the issue is with the poor quality (high dynamic range compression) of the recordings you are listening to. If you visit the Dynamic Range Database and input "empire of the sun", for...
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

        I see your point thanks. So could the HD800 S be considered, in your experience, a more 'forgiving' type of instrument compared to the HD800, designed to give satisfactory results with a broader range of recordings?
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    Best recording of Brahms: The complete symphonies?

    I own the following:   -Bruno Walter CSO -Abbado, BPO -Gardiner's 4th. -Bernstein, VPO cycle -Sanderling, Dresden [RCA] -Karajan, BPO, late 70s cycle -Karajan, BPO, 60s 2nd/3rd symphony -Kleiber 4th   For a full cycle, I would recommend either the Abbado or the Walter (two different...
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

      Hi, would you care to provide a link to the peer-reviewed scientific publication showing this? I cannot find any trace in the literature for what you state above - though I do find subjective measurements by enthusiasts on a number of forums.   To clarify, is the "well understood" and "well...
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

      This, 1000 times.
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    The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

      Hmm this is not the case in my experience. Based on my recently acquired HD800 (late 40K S/N) powered by a Violectric V200, the mids are extremely lush and organic, provided they are actually present and well captured in the original recording. I find these HD800 to be extremely revealing...
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

      Yep extremely happy with my recent  (SN > 40.000) HD800 sample. No sonic flaws I can detect and  they let me thoroughly enjoy my music. The first headphones in a long list that I will never sell :)
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    Sennheiser HD800S Unveiled!

    Quote:   Refreshingly honest post, thanks. Agreed 100%.
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    New Beyerdynamic T1 (2nd Generation)

      No sibilance whatsoever here with stock, late SN, HD800s. Beautiful extended treble. Relatively young ears for me too, which can easily pick 17Khz :)   I would suggest the sibilance is in your music. What do you listen to? Overproduced pop/rock music mastered hot will sound sibilant on most...
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    Alessandro Music Series MS PRO FAN CLUB!

    Really tempted to buy a pair of the new MS Pro - e. Does anyone know how these compare to the current RS1/RS2? I have heard the RS1i at a local hifi fair (powered by a Graham Slee diamond amplifier) and they were absolutely stellar. I wonder if the Ms Pro-e would be comparable.
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    Lake People G109 / G103 thread

      I see thanks. What, in your experience, was better?
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    Lake People G109 / G103 thread

    Hi, can you expand? How does the G109 make your LCD3 sound?   Quote:
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    Lake People G109 / G103 thread

    What's the output impedance (at the jack) of the G103s and the G109s? I can't seem to find this info on the manufacturer's website.   EDIT - it was in the manuals: <0.2ohm for the G109 and <0.1ohm for the G103.
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    Violectric HPA V90 VS Lake People G109S VS Meier Audio Corda Jazz

      Sorrodje, thanks for this. I'm particularly interested in the above comment on the effect of the crossfeed on old jazz recordings. Could you elaborate further?
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