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    Sony's DSD-capable PHA-2 portable headphone amp/DAC

    anyone here use the PHA-2 with IEM's?  I'm planning on using mine with Westone 4's.  Do y'all think they'll pair well?  Also gonna try out with some HD700's, although I don't think 150 ohm cans will be driven as well.  In the future, I may have to invest in a pair of XBA-H3's as I've heard they...
  2. Bigglesworth

    Sony's DSD-capable PHA-2 portable headphone amp/DAC

    Really getting excited about this amp/dac. Thinking about biting the bullet and buying from Japan. Anyone around here do this and can you share your experiences?
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    I don't think that the Vali will give you an increase in sound quality, rather will degrade your sound. I think that hd700's really cry out for pure sources and amps. Skip the cheap Schiit, and hold out for something nice like a WooAudio tube amp or a Burson or Violectric solid state Class A.
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    I wouldn't alter my recommendation st all. Sounds like you're a neutral kinda guy and I'm more of a euphonic audiophile kinda guy. I've never heard a "neutral" headphone or speaker that I didn't despise. For example, I love hd700s because they are far from neutral...it's what makes them exciting...
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    For a budget DAC, I would suggest Cambridge Audio DACmagic and Musical Fidelity V-DACII.  IMHO, these will beat anything under 500 bucks and they both have very smooth tubelike quality to them, especially the MF V-DACII....also heard the V90 is great and it's cheap.  For amp, I don't have much...
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    As good of a deal the o2 may be as a budget amp, it is definitely not a high end amp. Not sure what you're thinking pairing a 1000 dollar headphone with a 130 dollar amp. JMHO.
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    Wait until you hear these headphones with a nice class A solid state or tube amp....you'll be blown away 
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    I've had first hand experience with a friend's HD800 headphones and I own HD700's, so I can chime in on this.  In a word:  Musicality.  I find the HD700's to have a more organic, spirited sound.  While I find the HD800's to have a somewhat cold and clinical approach to sound without much "soul"...
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    Contratulations!  Still breaking mine in...maybe 100 hrs so far?     Yes, your sound blaster card is a weak link.  You should eventually get both a DAC and an Amp if you want to fully take advantage of the capabilities of the HD700 headphones.  If you think they sound good with a SoundBlaster...
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    Newbie need`s help connecting Burson Amp to integrated amplifier please!

    First of all, congratulations on a truly awesome amp. Secondly, do not hook up the amp to your receiver, but rather hook your source up to your amp - cd/DVD/sacd/vinyl/dap directly to the Burson. Thirdly, simply use your ears to figure out what gain setting to use...whatever one sounds the best...
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    Don't think I'm ever going to sell these babies.  I had listened to the HD800's, and while they resolved incredible amounts of detail, I thought they sounded a little too clinical and cold.  On the contrary, HD700's resolve almost as much detail, yet they have a more natural and organic...
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    Sennheiser HD 700 Impressions Thread

    Just got the HD700's for my B-day (best wife ever!), and all I can say is they sound INCREDIBLE.  Listening to Beethoven Violin Sonatas (Leonidas Kavakos) - the realism is eerie...just pure music making, like "you're there" feeling.  I never got this with my HD580's.  The rendition of the piano...
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    NEW Vali Schiit AMP!!!

    I dunno, maybe this little Schiit doesn't have the power you need to get good treble performance at high volumes with ortho's? I'm half joking, but looking at the specs says it doesn't quite have the power to properly power orthodynamic headphones....might want to step up to a lyr, mjolnihr, or...
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    I think i might go ahead and buy the Sennheiser HD600 for music production. Should i do it?

    I own a pair of hd580's and can attest to their sound.  While not SUPER detailed, they are quite transparent and give you very balanced overall presentation that is revealing without ever being fatiguing.  Recording engineers often have to listen for many hours (sometimes 8-12 hrs/day) and can't...
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