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Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by shabta, Jan 19, 2016.
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  1. Whazzzup
    Rca is se output to a balanced amp is not topographically utilizing the amp. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t sound fine. An adapter defeats the balanced out put. I mean true end to end balanced from power through to hp.
     
  2. Evshrug
    True end to end balanced is indeed ideal, though the HDVA 600 is more than a mere passive adapter. All unbalanced (SE) inputs are converted to balanced at input, and then are balanced through all the amplification stages.
     
  3. rutter
    Yay or nay on the HDVA 600 working well with a low impedance headphone like the LCD-X? Also, do you still consider it a good amp for the 800S?
     
  4. TYATYA
    I use parametric 3 bands for hd800s.
    Feel it better.
    1st. 5dB @30Hz Q0.6
    2nd. 2.5dB@90Hz Q0.4
    3rd. 2.5dB@750Hz Q1.0
    All are peak band filter

    Describle : 1st and 2nd in total is a smooth curve from low end to 500Hz, what ever the gain but keep 2/1 ratio (above +5 and +2.5).
    3rd is for vocal to be bolder a bit.
    Dap is AK sp1000, it respond not much as usuall. I think it is as half, if set +6 it acts like +3.

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    Last edited: Jul 16, 2018
  5. donlin
    In fact, many source components with balanced outputs don't really have balanced circuitry throughout the entire output stage but invert the signal just before the xlr jack. It's really the same thing the HDVA 600 does. In one case it's done in the source and in the other it's done in the amp.
     
  6. ZappaMan
    try to use the 'thumbnail' option when uploading pictures, so others can see your image in one go.
     
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  7. musickid
    Can someone recommend the very best 6.5 to 3.5 adaptor for a senn hd800s with the mojo? i'm considering the hd820 to use with my mojo. how is everyone connecting their hd800s to mojo as i understand it ships with only the 6.5 jack? thanks mk. is sq affected by adaptors.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2018
  8. Whazzzup
    Hp Adapters are cheap and in vast supply. I dunno about mojo as I preferred tt through an external balanced amp than hugo even to hd800S.
     
  9. dbturbo2
    Picked this one up, works fine with mojo
    https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-C...80950&sr=8-13&keywords=6.5mm+to+3.5mm+adapter
     
  10. rutter
    My ears are not big fans of the sound coming through Gumby, Jot, and balanced 800S. The separation, air, and perhaps most of all comfort are nice but the sound is a little thin, dry, female vocals are inferior to a single-ended LCD-X and to my ears there is a tonal imbalance that results in discomfort and ear ringing, i.e. that's bad. I can't get either the comfort or soundstage from the LCD-X so I'm considering giving the 800S a second chance. Will the Schiit Ragnarok give the 800S full, substantial sound with great female vocals while keeping brightness under control? Is there any amp without five tubes that are the size of limbs at $1500 or under that will do this?
     
  11. donlin
    I have not heard the Ragnarok but the Sennheiser HDVD800 really fleshes out the sound a lot compared to the other amps I have. It goes for $1500.00 these days on Amazon. I should add that I use it as an amp only so can't really comment on how the dac sounds.
     
  12. musickid
    A mojo but even better a hugo2 will fulfil all your desires. If hugo2 is outside your budget try a hugo. Hugo 2 will do it.
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
  13. Nik74
    The Icon Audio HP8 with a Mullard ECC83 as the driver tube will give you amazing female vocals. It is below $1500 too and will not sound bright at all.I m sure there s others too like the Feliks Audio offerings. An added benefit of a tube amp is that you can tweak the sound signature by tube rolling, Headfi is full of threads about tube rolling and it's fun too- unless you mind your wallet giving you the side eye ...
     
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2018
  14. Swiftfalcon
    Auralic Taurus MK2
     
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  15. exdmd
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    The Massdrop Eddie Current ZDT Jr is finally shipping now. There should be some used ones showing up in the classifieds soon. This is probably your best choice unless you want to acquire a $2500 - $3000 tube amp known to work very well with the HD800S (Eddie Current ZDS, Kenzie Encore for example.)
     
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