The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread
Mar 10, 2015 at 12:44 AM Post #17,431 of 28,705

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  I did, then I didn't then I did -then I sold my last pair that I put a lot of work in.  The buyer allowed me to buy them back at the price she paid for them.  I have them now.  Maynot ever leave home again. 


Oh  preproman you just made my day.  I've just ordered a pair for the 3rd time also, from a dealer in Montreal that I've done business with on a few occasions so he's giving me a bargain (20% off) but I was sitting down later today asking myself if I was sane or not 
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Mar 10, 2015 at 12:47 AM Post #17,432 of 28,705

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I am actually wondering why Valhalla 2 isn't talked about more in this thread, it is a killer combo with HD800 and should be in pricerange for most who are looking for a great sounding tube amp for HD800. 

I find the Val2 to be quite bright paired with the 800s.  Perhaps a little thinner in the bass, but that could be my imagination.  
 
Mar 10, 2015 at 8:35 AM Post #17,433 of 28,705

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My current HD800 rig, including a dedicated equalizer (31-band graphic EQ, 10-band parametric EQ)
 
DAC: Matrix Mini-i PRO DSD (Balanced)
 
AMP (SS): Matrix Quattro (Balanced) 
 
AMP (tube): La Figaro 339
 
EQ: Behringer ULTRACURVE PRO DEQ2496 (Balanced)
 
Mar 10, 2015 at 9:45 AM Post #17,434 of 28,705

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How's the LF 339 with the HD800?
 
Mar 10, 2015 at 9:53 AM Post #17,435 of 28,705

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I find the Val2 to be quite bright paired with the 800s.  Perhaps a little thinner in the bass, but that could be my imagination.  

Could the issue of thinned out bass, be addressed with tube rolling?
 
Mar 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM Post #17,438 of 28,705

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  I find the Val2 to be quite bright paired with the 800s.  Perhaps a little thinner in the bass, but that could be my imagination.  

 
That doesn't sound quite right since I find that the Valhalla 2 tilts the HD 800 toward a warm low end response with somewhat relaxed high frequencies.  I'm using stock tubes.  Definitely not bright by any means.
 
Mar 10, 2015 at 11:00 PM Post #17,442 of 28,705

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Owned the LF339 once upon a time and while it was great with the hd650, it was sorely disappointing with the hd800


Thanks. That's all I need to know.
 
Mar 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM Post #17,443 of 28,705

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I am looking for a Dac recommendation. I currently have a Dacmini which pairs EXTREMELY well with my Grado PS1000 and RS1i but not so well with my HD800. I am currently using the WA7 and WA7tp (tube power supply) as my amp and Dac for the HD800 but am waiting on delivery of DNA Stratus from Donald in a few months.
 
I'd say my budget is around $500 used but will stretch if worth it and if the new dac will allow me to sell my Dacmini. 
 
For reference, I like the Dacmini's soundstage and mid performance
 
Mar 11, 2015 at 6:32 AM Post #17,444 of 28,705

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After years of listening to my LCD Rev 2, i dusted off my AKG 701's plugged them in. This confirmed that they are relatively bright and that the LCD's are very very warm in comparison, not necessarily rolled off in the higher FR, but more emphasised in the lower FR. But there is something special about how the 701's convey the music and the details. My foot was tapping again and i now feel i have (unknowingly) been craving this type of sound signature... or at least something between the 701's and LCD's.
 
I suspect the time may have come for the HD 800's???
 
Mar 11, 2015 at 7:38 AM Post #17,445 of 28,705

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After years of listening to my LCD Rev 2, i dusted off my AKG 701's plugged them in. This confirmed that they are relatively bright and that the LCD's are very very warm in comparison, not necessarily rolled off in the higher FR, but more emphasised in the lower FR. But there is something special about how the 701's convey the music and the details. My foot was tapping again and i now feel i have (unknowingly) been craving this type of sound signature... or at least something between the 701's and LCD's.

I suspect the time may have come for the HD 800's???



I can answer this soon.

I had both the lcd and the k701. Will be getting the hd800 tomorrow.
 

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