Best Amps For the Sennheiser HD800 - 2017 Edition

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  1. purr1n

    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    A good target for any music, including classical music is neutral. This equates to flat when measured at a 1m distance with the microphone aligned to the tweeter. Or if at the listening position, the B&K curve per their 1970AES paper. The flat target at 1m usually translates to something looking like the B&K curve in a normal listening room (meaning with furniture, tables, soft, window treatments, rugs, bookshelves, not a rape dungeon that requires professional acoustic room treatments.)

    Just because 80% of classical music from Decca, EMI, Philps, L'Oiseau-Lyre, etc. (most of my stuff was purchased in the 80s and 90s) follows the typical classical mastering job of "midrange-city", doesn't mean that I am willing to sacrifice the all my other music including classical records which I considered to be mastered more correctly. A good portion of my classical was redone by @LFF.

    I don't believe in using colored transducers to undo the effects of bad mastering because the consequences are worse for all other recordings.
     
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    why would you do anything other than this....
     
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    The last DNA amp I heard paired with a HD800 was the original Sonett. I don't know if it was the tube pairing or my expectations, but I was a touch let down by it coming from my Singlepower Supra XLR at the time. The Sonett was too soft / lacked the dynamics that I personally prefer with the HD800. It might have just been set up that way via tubes for that users tastes though?? At the same meet, Craig was there with his ZD and ZDT and I much preferred the ZD with Senny's. The Sonett was the only DNA amp available at that time IIRC (so you can figure out how long ago this was).
     
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    @purr1n

    Yes that makes sense and it's pretty much something like a standard.
    I agree with your opinion for one ''right'' target response for everything and let
    us hear what is in the mix , good or bad.
    Of course most rooms are quite away from that target.
    Do you sympathise with Dirac pro or other correction tools?

    And the 1m dollar question.
    Are there any headphones that can reproduce more or less that kind of reference target in stock form without EQ?
     
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    I guess you shortlisted the Phonitor for good reason and I strongly suggest you at least try to hear it before making a final decision. I bought an original Phonitor 2730 (the one with the 50's sportscar dashboard look) pretty much unseen and unheard right at the start of my headphone journey and five years on it remains my absolute favourite pairing with the HD800. I agree with some of what @purr1n said (pricey at new retail level, slightly aloof signature) but not all of it. After all that is only one opinion. Others regard it as the ultimate solid state amp. Again just opinions. Try it for yourself. If you, like me, prefer an amp to pass through the music without embellishment or ommission you may just love it. Let the dislikes flow ...
     
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    I finished my Tubelab SE-II 45 amp recently with ElectraPrint OPT's and it is breath-taking.
    Most amazing sound I've ever heard from HD650, its like a different headphone.
    I'm running Sylvania 45's, Western Electric 417A and Amperex Bugle-boy 5AR4.
    This project took quite a while, I'll take a small break and then build a TSE-II for 300B's. I've already ordered OPT's and Choke from ISO Japan (former Tango)

    I also ordered the HD800S again after selling the previous one due to disappointing performance with the Mainline. Can't wait to hear them together.

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