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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    How about Sennheiser? Much research keeps coming back to these. Any opinions? How about HD800S versus HD700? Looking at over $1600 compared to about $770 with balanced cable... reviews seem to love the HD800S, but most talk very highly about the HD700.
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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    Have the HD800, which probably are the highest resolution cans out there. W/o a little TLC they tend to be a little too bright, but with an appropriate HP amp incl. power treatment, good DAC and a replacement cable (Cardas is very good) they really deliver resolution and detail aplenty and a very well defined bass (latter requires the aforementioned treatments to shine). They are a little like Magico speakers: Drive them appropriately and they are superb; plug them into you integrated amp's HP outlet and you will not have fun. But in terms of details and a spatial sound they are unbeatable.

    Have not heard the HD800S, but I understand they make the bass a bit easier to handle. Between the HD700 and the HD800 there still is a class difference.


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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    The big ticket item is going is be the balanced headphone amp that does justice to either the HD800 , I just couldn't swing the extra for a Woo WA22 so I went with the WA6se instead,. It drives the HD800 with ease vast soundstage, clear. . But we always seem to go back to me old HD600 and the HD650 as headphones that just seem to work with all types of music. My dealer has the Mr Speaker Ether c and that will most like be my next pair as they are very comfortable for those long sessions.
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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    How are the cable connections on the HD650? The pictures look like they are using those slot type connector. Do they hold well? I had a pair of Audeze EL-8 and they were not the most comfortable to me, but the slot type cable really was kind of a pain.

    I ask this because no matter which I choose the plan is to add a balanced cable.

    I have the KEF M500 which are very nice sound and very comfortable headphones. They work great for mobile use (with the Ayres Pono) but I want something a little better for my in home music listening.
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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    How are the cable connections on the HD650?
    Hi Randy, I'm not sure $600,- cans would warrant a $300-400,- balanced cable...


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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    Sure they do .... the HD650 can be had at about $380-$390 and the balanced cable is $240 from what I am seeing at this point.
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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    How are the cable connections on the HD650? The pictures look like they are using those slot type connector. Do they hold well? I had a pair of Audeze EL-8 and they were not the most comfortable to me, but the slot type cable really was kind of a pain.

    I ask this because no matter which I choose the plan is to add a balanced cable.

    I have the KEF M500 which are very nice sound and very comfortable headphones. They work great for mobile use (with the Ayres Pono) but I want something a little better for my in home music listening.
    The connection have been holding for years. Its a little 2 pin per side for the 600 and the 650's. If you are going to a balanced connection what headphone amp are you going to use that supports a balanced headphone connection?
    Chris

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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    I am playing around with the NuPrime DAC-10H. Seems like a pretty darn nice unit and a very highly rated headphone amplifier. The KEF's sound excellent with it!
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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    I am playing around with the NuPrime DAC-10H. Seems like a pretty darn nice unit and a very highly rated headphone amplifier. The KEF's sound excellent with it!
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    Chris

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    Re: Balanced headphone suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Sure they do .... the HD650 can be had at about $380-$390 and the balanced cable is $240 from what I am seeing at this point.
    Ok, fair enough. We're talking a different price point then. My headphone set up is between $5000-6000,-.


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