- Jan 30, 2008
The only headphones that I like with the 789 are my Meze Rai Penta IEMs.I didn’t love the 789 with any headphone. That is just me, and I know not the most popular viewpoint. I will say this, the amp is incredibly clean and powerful. My issue is that it lacks a bit of Je Ne Sais Quoi. The soundstage always felt compressed and lacked air, which made it feel like I couldn’t hear the space between the notes. There is no doubt it faithfully reproduces an amplified signal completely free of grain, hash or any hint of distortion. It is dead quiet.
My very first ever headphone amp from 2008 is leaps and bounds ahead of the 789 (Meier Corda Arietta). It is my current go-to with the Sennheiser HD800S.
The 789 is a flat piece of paper, the Arietta is an opened book - dimensionality, space, timbre are all enhanced.