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whats your opinion then on Schiit Magni/Modi combo for HD 800? Only problem is hard for europeans to get it to work w/o adapters and 230>110 transformers.


Also I have ATH-AD900, don't want to upgrade to another $300~ cans smile.gif
Edited by Yahar - 6/5/13 at 1:25pm
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If you stick with the ATH-AD900 then you would be fine with a sound card with an amp on-board. The problem with these sound cards with amps are high impedance headphones. They don't don't have the oomph to drive them properly. Low impedance headphones take a low voltage and a ton of current. That's easy to supply in a computer. High impedance headphones take very high voltages and very little current. That's tricky. I believe in solid state for low impedance and tubes for high impedance.
 
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Can i get and external amp for HD 800, eventhough Creative ZxR has internal headphone amp? Or does the soundcard amp override the external one? I'm not sure how would that work..

What Amp do you suggest for HD 800?
Edited by Yahar - 6/6/13 at 8:39pm
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Can i get and external amp for HD 800, eventhough Creative ZxR has internal headphone amp? Or does the soundcard amp override the external one? I'm not sure how would that work..

What Amp do you suggest for HD 800?

Yes, you can.
Simply use your ZxR as a source, in this case using the RCA outputs (on your soundcard) and they are going to feed the external headphone amp. You won't lose any sound capabilities of the soundcard by doing this, as the headphone amp function is to amplify the signal.

I notice the ZxR have a nice dac section.

As for headphone amp recommendation, i highly recommend the Burson Soloist Sl. Will drive the HD800 perfeclty.
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As for headphone amp recommendation, i highly recommend the Burson Soloist Sl. Will drive the HD800 perfeclty.

His budget for the amp in the OP was $200.

I would probably look at something that is easier to drive than the HD800. Do you have any shops near you that specialise in headphones? They will normally let you bring in your music and audition combinations of headphones/amps together that fit within your price range.
   
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I have the a Creative X-Fi Titanium HD hooked via RCA to a Musical Fidelity V-Can II for my HD800's. It's a cheap $200 amp. Is it enough to maximize the HD800's? NO. They are harsh headphones and unless they're paired with an appropriately powerful and consequently EXPENSIVE amp, they can sound harsh. For me, the harshness is passable while I wait for a more expensive amp...

But on this particular setup, the Hd800 takes a dump on Beyer T1, HIfiman HE500, AKG 701, AKG 702, Beyer DT880, and anything else I've owned. The only headset that's impressed me like the HD800's were the Ultrasone 8's, but they're in a different category.
post #17 of 27
Probably gonna get flamed, but I would get an ODAC+O2 combo. Spending anything more than that is past the point of diminishing returns. That combo is audibly transparent. If you don't like the way the HD800 sounds with those, you don't like the HD800. So many people buy amps to "mesh" with the gear they have. Why not just buy an amp that doesn't do anything to the sound and simply does what am amp is supposed to do: amplify a signal? Oh, and the O2 will have more than enough power to drive the HD800s despite its small size. Spend more on amps with fancy cases and knobs if you want the audiophile snob appeal but I guarantee you once you've heard this combo, you will kick yourself for considering spending more.
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HD800 is a very picky headphone. It will work well with a few amps and sound terrible with others. Maybe some headphones that don't need as much juice?
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post #19 of 27
I say get the HD800's. They're incredible and you can't go back to $300 headsets after it. Just save and get an amp to go with it - it's an end-all solution to studio headphones. If not, then downgrade to a $500 amp/headphone setup and continue to blow money on different setups until you inevitably end up at the 1k+ end of the spectrum.
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His budget for the amp in the OP was $200.

I would probably look at something that is easier to drive than the HD800. Do you have any shops near you that specialise in headphones? They will normally let you bring in your music and audition combinations of headphones/amps together that fit within your price range.

Yeah, i realized that. The problem if OP buys a $200 amp with a high end can such as the HD800 he won't be satisfied and will look for an upgrade in a short time.
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