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Sennheiser HD800: What type of amp do I need?, [was HD800 Amp query?/TOS #6]
GSARider
post Dec 23 2012, 22:40
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Hi all, came across the site and thought I'd join up. Based in the UK and have been getting into Headphones more & more due to more travel by train as well as the fact that my wife doesn't like me blasting music of an evening... laugh.gif

Anyhow, I've got a set of HD800's arriving in the new year at a really good price via a friend who is getting them for me at a wholesale rate. I've always bought Senn's as they've always been reliable and give decent sound. I recently bought a set of Amperiors and love them for travelling. I bought a Fiio E17 followed by an e09K for use at home with my MacBook Pro Retina plugged in via optical cable.

Now having looked at various reviews / sites I'm getting more confused as folk keep saying you need a 2k plus amp to drive the Hd800's and that they're somehow 'picky' when it comes to amp / dacs?

I use the E17 on a daily basis and love the sound it gives me , not sure that the E09K makes much difference for me with the Amperiors or a set of Ie80's that I also have, but I was putting that down to the low impedance of the headphones ...would I be correct in this?

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- GSARider   Sennheiser HD800: What type of amp do I need?   Dec 23 2012, 22:40
- - saratoga   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 23 2012, 17:40) I b...   Dec 23 2012, 22:47
- - GSARider   Thanks for the reply. Spec of the E09K is as below...   Dec 23 2012, 23:42
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 23 2012, 18:42) Tha...   Dec 24 2012, 00:14
|- - skamp   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 24 2012, 00:14) tha...   Dec 24 2012, 13:14
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (skamp @ Dec 24 2012, 08:14) QUOTE ...   Dec 25 2012, 08:08
- - GSARider   So a no go with the E09K then chaps? Any other re...   Dec 24 2012, 00:26
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 23 2012, 19:26) Any...   Dec 24 2012, 00:37
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 23 2012, 23:26) Any...   Dec 24 2012, 01:04
- - GSARider   Ok we'll as I have both I will give them a go,...   Dec 24 2012, 00:46
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 23 2012, 19:46) Ok ...   Dec 24 2012, 00:59
|- - GSARider   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 23 2012, 23:59) QUO...   Dec 24 2012, 01:17
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 24 2012, 00:17) How...   Dec 24 2012, 01:45
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 23 2012, 20:17) QUO...   Dec 24 2012, 02:03
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 24 2012, 01:03) The...   Dec 24 2012, 02:18
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (extrabigmehdi @ Dec 23 2012, 21:18...   Dec 24 2012, 02:21
- - GSARider   Yes I saw that earlier.   Dec 24 2012, 01:57
- - GSARider   We shall see... should hopefully get my hd800...   Dec 24 2012, 02:37
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 24 2012, 01:37) The...   Dec 24 2012, 02:56
- - IgorC   I have E17 and HD800 here. E17 does a good work. W...   Dec 24 2012, 02:59
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 23 2012, 21:59) AFAIK ...   Dec 24 2012, 03:09
|- - IgorC   QUOTE (saratoga @ Dec 23 2012, 23:09) No,...   Dec 24 2012, 03:43
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (IgorC @ Dec 23 2012, 22:43) QUOTE ...   Dec 24 2012, 03:53
- - IgorC   Should investigate more if it's a digital gain...   Dec 24 2012, 04:08
- - ~Sephi~   Is it ok to run the hd800 without an external amp?...   Dec 24 2012, 06:06
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (~Sephi~ @ Dec 24 2012, 01:06) Is i...   Dec 24 2012, 07:05
- - GSARider   Fiio give the specs here for the E17 and say drive...   Dec 24 2012, 11:04
- - skamp   I used formulas from NwAvGuy's blog and I came...   Dec 25 2012, 14:29
- - IgorC   Can I ask You how did You get 1W, 0.08W, 16Ω ...   Dec 25 2012, 17:24
- - skamp   The manual for the E09K gives 900mW into 32...   Dec 25 2012, 17:32
- - GSARider   I guess the short answer is that I will find out h...   Dec 25 2012, 21:47
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 25 2012, 20:47) I g...   Dec 25 2012, 23:28
- - GSARider   Everything sounds flat, not just the bass.   Dec 25 2012, 23:33
- - IgorC   Probably because E17 has enabled gain at +6dB that...   Dec 26 2012, 02:02
- - GSARider   Have been experimenting earlier this evening as I ...   Dec 26 2012, 02:21
- - extrabigmehdi   Sorry if what I said was confusing. I meant: you...   Dec 26 2012, 02:25
- - GSARider   I have listened to it extensively before deciding,...   Dec 26 2012, 12:05
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (GSARider @ Dec 26 2012, 11:05) I h...   Dec 26 2012, 12:40
- - IgorC   My last post about E17 driving HD 800 was quite ne...   Jan 7 2013, 00:22
- - tpijag   Wow! join a forum and post one nearly valueles...   Apr 24 2013, 02:42
- - skamp   Sometimes, an item's worth is what the client ...   Apr 24 2013, 14:23
|- - extrabigmehdi   QUOTE (skamp @ Apr 24 2013, 13:23) Someti...   Apr 24 2013, 17:34
- - greynol   QUOTE (theancient @ Apr 24 2013, 15:18) I...   Apr 24 2013, 23:45
|- - theancient   QUOTE (greynol @ Apr 25 2013, 00:45) QUOT...   Apr 25 2013, 03:52
- - greynol   Yes, and we can leave it at that. Now we need to p...   Apr 25 2013, 05:01


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