Best Amps For the Sennheiser HD800 - 2017 Edition

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    So is DNA Stratus gets recommendation or not? you listed it on AMPS FOR HD800, and you listed it again on AMPS ON PRIOR LIST REMOVED (because Stellaris is Super Stratus)
     
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    Oh golly, I can't wait for the message from the mods.

    The Stellaris blows away the Stratus, its not even close.
     
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    Also, is Stellaris are even that good compared to Stratus? I'm on list for Stratus, and wondering whether I should jump to Stellaris,

    EDIT: Realized I'm not thinking straight when I posted this, and edited my post a bit. That's what you got when you're hungry
     
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    You can't quantify stuff like this beyond a personal level. Some people can't hear/don't care for the additional technical ability, so 200% for me may be 5% for them. I think it is well worth it personally, the Stratus did not quite get there for me. If the limit here is financial, I would advise stepping away from this decision entirely.
     
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    Yeah thanks Hitman, I realized a minute later WTF did I just wrote....
     
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    Not insisting, was just curious. Thank you for the answer.
     
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    IMHO the Carbon did something. It gives more body to the lower end buuuuuuuuuuuuuuut...
    I felt it was muddier. And some loss on treble extension.
    Might be good enough to make people enjoy the HD800, but definitely not what I would use for my everyday critical listening.


    Hey he's in EU so it's mine!
    Well, I did ask him before but he said no, which is why I ended up with my current amp.
    Would still consider selling my Crimson if he ends up wanting to sell his Stratus though, and if the time's right too.
     
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    For what it's worth, I am really enjoying the Icon Audio HP8 Mk.2 with the HD800, even without any mods. Longer-form ramble on the HP8 thread.
     
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    I fixed that for you!

    #2 The Element. This might be #1 but I don't want to do the comparison.
    #3 The O2
     
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    hi can anyone tell me an amp and dac prefferably a combo that is about 500$ max budget of 800 if its really something better than the rest which would be suitable for the hd800 friend has pretty much that budget max and wants the best bang for the buck in it what is the best combo then?
     
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    i actually have the vali 2 and i feel that it isn't really providing the volume levels atleast that i listen to at maybe a notch 10% higher maybe am a nut but i felt that though i feel the valhalla 2 is really good but not sure I only really know about schiit in this range so thats why asking
     
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    Valhalla 2 is better than Vali 2 if the drier less laid back presentation is OK for you with HD800.

    What DAC are you using? Also you are at high gain on Vali 2 correct? If you are maxing volume knob on Vali 2, I would be concerned.
     
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    well to tell you the truth i was using my creative zxr sound card as a dac i think it was high gain I don't think my hearing is lower am sure of that because pretty much everyone of my friends uses it at the volume knob I have set and finds it ok but I don't know XD
     
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    Check the output volume of your soundcard... it"s probably too low. The Little Vali2 provides gob of powers for a HD800 and is able to blow your ears easily when plugged in a normal 2 VRMS dac output.
     

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