Justin S
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Getting closer with the HD800S s. Swapped the Rebel Amp for a BHA-1 today. LynxHilo->BAL->BHA-1->BAL->HD800S. More space, dynamics, clarity. Jul 28, 2022

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    1. Justin S
      Justin S
      Getting closer with the HD800S s. Swapped the Rebel Amp for a BHA-1 today. LynxHilo->BAL->BHA-1->BAL->HD800S. More space, dynamics, clarity.
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      3. internethandle
        internethandle
        I only have experience with Valhalla 2 to BHA-1 with the 800 but I’m still happy with it in a USB nervosa -> LIM -> BHA-1 -> HD-800 chain. I didn’t like it as much when I had A2/OG Yggdrasil — too grey and the sharp transients/treble energy were too much with the 800 vs. LIM’s more even handed/“nutritious” tone.
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        Jul 29, 2022
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      4. internethandle
        internethandle
        I still do wonder about “awesomesauce” amps by DNA and EC with the 800 — conventional wisdom is that the 800 pairs best with tubes, and while BHA-1 is one of the few SS amps that folks seem to have a consensus around for being a good match with it, you can tell it’s not on the same level from folks’ comments (not to mention BHA-1 is just generally polarizing).
        Jul 29, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        Totally polarizing. I am certainly not as experienced as people reporting they don't like the BHA-1. For me, I feel that it synergizes well with the HD800S. I like the idea that the tone of the LIM is "nutritious". I am leaning that way. I love it in my home system. Off to BC for a couple of weeks and I'll see how I feel when I return.
        Jul 29, 2022
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    2. Justin S
      Justin S
      YFS Litz "Super 30" HD800 cable from Kevin hooked up and playing music. I am kind of blown away at how different it is from the stock cable.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @gixxerwimp - tried looking under the hood on the BAL jack, but it''s all heatshrink-wrapped. I'm going to try a few DIY cables in the fall as well: Neotek OCC, and a crazy Deulund Tinned Copper cable. I also have some pure silver I thought to try, but I'm not sure that would be a good mix with the HD800S s.
        Jul 27, 2022
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I haven't used the stock cable since very soon after getting the HD800 so have no recollection of how it sounds. A phat Cu cable compliments the face tweeter IMO.
        Jul 27, 2022
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Just pulled it out for another look, it's above the Y-split that I find a bit stiff (I think he used heatshrink). The "dual-track" cable in webbing is fairly flexible. Inside the XLR is covered, it was the inside the REAN TRS connectors that I saw "bare wires" from both polarities. It was converted from 2.5 to 3.5mm for me, and wires are now covered with heatshrink.
        Jul 27, 2022
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    3. Justin S
      Justin S
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Looking forward to some listening reports of the BF 2/64.
        Jul 22, 2022
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Jul 23, 2022
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        Want!
        Jul 24, 2022
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    4. Justin S
      Justin S
      HD800S arrived this afternoon. Hilo->Lokius->Rebel Amp->HD800S. Early listening impression is that they're like mini-monitors in my system.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Tales of the massive never-ending borderless soundstage do not match my experience. The staging is just pleasantly out of my head with excellent instrument separation. When I listen my P3XDs, I put them in a near-field triangle about 4-5 feet out - the 800Ss are like that. With my current chain, they're less lusty sounding than the Harbeths, but pretty great.
        Jul 18, 2022
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      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I think "4-5 feet out" is the equivalent of "massive never-ending borderless soundstage" when you're talking about headphones. Most are like "4-5 inches out" if you're lucky.
        Jul 19, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        @gixxerwimp Point taken. When I listen to my old AKG 600ohm K240 monitor headphones, it presents a very distant stage - it's unnatural. When listening nearfield with mini-monitors, it sounds quite "naturally" outfront as it does with the 800S s.
        Jul 19, 2022
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    5. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lokius has EQ-converted me. Quick bypass vs my dials is a pretty small delta but the long listen is transformative.
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    6. Justin S
      Justin S
      Lokius in! Fun. A couple "Gentle Tweaks" to the midbass and high end and the HD600s are more full and open.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Some weirdness: the Hilo outputs 1v at the +0dBV trim level. Hilo-> Bal @ +0dBV-> Lokius-> SE -> amp creates distortion. With the bypass on, the distortion goes away. If I feed Lokius SE using a BAL to SE Cable from the Hilo (Lynx spec: 1 to shield, 2 to RCA tip, 3 to RCA ring, no shield at RCA) everything sounds really good. What could be happening here?
        Jul 7, 2022
    7. Justin S
      Justin S
      Decided to give up my RMA'ed OG Clears. I worry they're too delicate for daily drivers. Looking at LCDX and 800Ss. Want smart fun.
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        @roshambo123 , I have a pair of 800S s inbound. In my short audition with them, the sound signature is really interesting to me. Also the fact that Senn continues to support their headphones decades in, and the reported durability of them were all deciding factors. What amp are you using with them? I am planning to reterminate a Neotech OCC cable with 800-cup jacks.
        Jul 14, 2022
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      4. roshambo123
        roshambo123
        Mjolnir 2 and Jot 2. Both are good pairings I think for HD800S / SDR.
        Jul 14, 2022
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      5. Justin S
        Justin S
        @roshambo123. Thanks! I have been looking at the MJ2. I had a JOT 2 while ago and sold it, hastily, when it didn't sound right with my Hilo. I hadn't understood how the gain staging worked with the Hilo at that point. I have a Rebel Amp right now and will see how it sits with the 800Ss.
        Jul 14, 2022
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    8. Justin S
      Justin S
      Won a backyard chili competition with friends. I did chili paste from scratch with shortribs. Chuffed to be crowned the Chili Kween 2022.
    9. Justin S
      Justin S
      NDH 30. As a 600s and KH120As kind of guy these look appealing.
    10. Justin S
      Justin S
      Awaiting my OG Clears from an RMA. It's love but they're fussy. Considering selling to do a planar. LCD, DC, HFM? I'm an HD600 guy.
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      3. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        If you can swing them I'd recommend the ZMF Atrium if you want "fun" but not in an unnatural way
        Jun 11, 2022
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      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        The Atrium make me wince a bit, but I will look into them. Fun but natural is the right spot for me. It's perhaps a bit of bluster about planars - I have been a dynamic guy my whole life. All that vibrating membrane stuff weirds me out :-)
        Jun 11, 2022
      5. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        I just can't get along with most planars. Something about all of them sounds strange to me. Or maybe I'm used to dynamic "grain" and think anything else is weird.
        Jun 12, 2022
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    11. Justin S
      Justin S
      Kind of digging the Dekoni Fenestrated Sheepskin on my 600s. The openness and bass are like a new pair of headphones. They feel speaker-y.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Oh. Pluses and Minuses. On the right tracks they're spacious and yummy. On busy stuff, things get noisy and wall-of-sound-y.
        Jun 4, 2022
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      Justin S
    13. Justin S
      Justin S
      Clears are on their way to Focal for repair. Once acclimatized, the 6XX(M)s with the Rebel Amp are a tiny slice of holy fuck.
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      2. yotacowboy
        yotacowboy
        Yeah, isn't this amp based on an AMB design?
        May 23, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        I think there are a few impressions. I'll find the thread and put something together this weekend. Yes - they based their design on the AMB with permission. It's a really nice sounding amp and offers up a pretty good sense of space.
        May 27, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
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    14. Justin S
      Justin S
      Dreaded rattling with the Focal Clears started. 100Hz tone at 70dB = right driver rattle. headphones.com are excellent and RMA received.
    15. Justin S
      Justin S
      Back and forth with the 600/6xxs/Focal Clears with the Hilo>Rebel Amp. I am feeling like the 600s are King in this chain. Quiet and loud.
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    16. Justin S
      Justin S
      Poltava, Kyiv, Chelm, Riga, Biruliskiai, Koeln, Louisville, Mississauga, Concord, Toronto. The Rebel Amp I ordered from Artem is here!
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      2. Qildail
        Qildail
        That's a hell of a trip for sure. Enjoy!
        May 13, 2022
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      3. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Wow, when did it ship out? Before the, ahem, "Special Invasion Operation"?
        May 16, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        No - it shipped May 1. I actually received it before a HomeDepot order placed at the same time. It's a good sounding amp. Back to back with the Lynx Hilo headamp, it is thrusty-er and stages with more relief.
        May 17, 2022
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    17. Justin S
      Justin S
      Spoke to Artem at Rebel - says they're operating normally. Hard to believe. Ordered and looking forward to it- happy to support those guys.
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    18. Justin S
      Justin S
      Anyone using the Torpedo III with OG Clears? I am speaking with a USAM member who has one for sale. I am interested.
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        Ended up going nice solid state - nothing too ostentatious. Thought I would give Class A a whirl with the Rebel Amp.
        Apr 28, 2022
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      3. zonto
        zonto
        @Justin S, haven't heard of that amp. Let us know what you think when you get it in.
        Apr 28, 2022
      4. Justin S
        Justin S
        I will do. Might be waiting a while for it. I sold the Jot 2 but still have the Erish 2 for comparison.
        Apr 28, 2022
    19. Justin S
      Justin S
      After much reading, I am interested in the Lyr but terrified by the reports of fried headphones. Is this overreported?
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      2. Justin S
        Justin S
        This all makes sense. I have a note into PCX to see if they have any NOS tubes kicking around on their shelves. I have had very good experiences purchasing tubes from them in the past. I had the Raytheons for the Freya and you're right - they were not a good fit with Freya/speakers. I regret selling all the tubes with it, though. I had a good collection going.
        Apr 20, 2022
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      3. Justin S
        Justin S
        Drat - I made the decision to pick up a new one and they're 10-12 weeks out from shipping. While this supply chain stuff is a drag for consumers, I can't imagine how hard it is on manufacturers like Schiit.
        Apr 20, 2022
      4. Azimuth
        Azimuth
        The Lyr 3 and even Vali 2 can “pop” on first turn on. How much depends on how fast the tube warms up. I usually turn it on unplugged and wait. But it is more what tube + amp rather than the amp itself.
        Apr 21, 2022
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    20. Justin S
      Justin S
      OG Clears with the Hilo are quite moving. I know there's moar there, though. I've read the Clear thread. Any favorites with a neutral-y DAC?
      1. Justin S
        Justin S
        I just dug out my Geshelli E2 from my for-sale pile and it a step in the right direction - thicker, tames the 1k beasties, but stages a little close for what I am searching for. I am talking to Al about building a Mapletree OD300 SET and, conversely,looking at the Bryston BHA-1.
        Apr 15, 2022
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    Gender:
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    Location:
    Toronto
    Occupation:
    Filmmaker
    Gear List:
    Home/family system: PI2AES with SPS-500 PSU>AES> Yggdrasil LIM>SE>Heed Obelisk SI III>Harbeth P3ESR XDs + REL t7i using high-level input

    Work: USB | AES | SPDIF | Analog in ->Lynx Hilo ->BAL>Genelec 8020s + 7040a

    Headphones: Lynx Hilo -> Hilo Headout | BAL -> BHA-1. HD800S, HD 6xxM (sbaf kissmod), HD600, OG 90's AKG K240 Monitors (600ohm).

    Previous equipment. Harbeth P3ESR Standards, Harbeth C7ES3s, Dynaudio M20s. Project Debut III/Graham Slee pre, Soekris 2541, RME ADI-2 DACfs, Bifrost 2, Holo Spring1 LV2, Schiit Gungnir Multibit Multibit, Heed Dactillus, Denafrips Ares, Auralic Aries, AudioLab M-DAC, Rega R-DAC, OG Schiit Freya, Neumann KH120As, Schiit Magni 3, OG Burson Soloist, MassDrop LCX, Burson Fun, ZDT Jr.

    Previous Headphones: Focal Clear, Focal Elex, OG Sennheiser 650, Sennheiser 58x Jubilee, OG AKG Sextetts, Nhoord Red custom build, Symphones Magnum V8 custom build, Elleven Acoustica G1 custom build, Elleven Acoustica R1 custom build, Hifiman He400i,AKG K702.
    I am a filmmaker. I have also owned and operated a couple different animation/video-post studios and have been buying and trading gear since the 90s. I am relatively new to hifi.

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