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Sennheiser Presents its Analogue and Digital Headphone Amplifiers

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Building a hi-fi device that sounds so brilliant, so crystal clear and so free of distortion as if one were sitting right in front of the audio source. Creating a level of acoustics that surpasses everything that has gone before. These are the visions that drive Sennheiser in the development of its high-end products.

After recently having presented its first digital headphone amplifier, the audio specialist Sennheiser announces at IFA 2012 that it will also launch an analogue version of the device, available in the U.S. later this fall. Both the digital HDVD 800 ($1,999.95) and the analogue HDVA 600 ($1,599.95) have a fully symmetrical layout and promise a unique listening experience. They harmonize perfectly with the High-End headphone line HD 800, HD 700, HD 650 and HD 600.

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Looks stunning and I bet the sound is amazing as well. Unfortunately it's out of my price range.
 

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made for the 1% of society. awesome. that's why I rock Audio Technica, ftw!
 

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$1500-$2000?
With all due respect to sennheiser, this thing is a massive ripoff.
An O2 amp plus ODAC (google it) is like $300 fully assembled and shipped and is already good enough that human ears can't tell make out any noise or inaccuracies.

Going any higher than that is just gonna burn a hole in your wallet and anyone who thinks they get more sound seriously needs to read up on expectation bias!
 
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made for the 1% of society. awesome. that's why I rock Audio Technica, ftw!
$1500 headphone amplifier by Audio Technica

 
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the Essence One isn't very good value for the money like the Essence STX.
 
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if i have to spend like 2000$/€ when at 620$/€ i have the same thing well http://wooaudio.com/products/wa6.html take a look xd , when i see most of this thing on my mind one word explane everything OVERPRICED , or i you need ad headphone amplifire and spend less money go with the asus http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Audio_Cards/Xonar_Essence_One/ and you spend less than 500$/€ , spend this much for only and headphone amplifire is crazy (im talking about sennheiser xd)
If you think the Essence even comes close to high end amps, you are very very wrong. Is it good? Yes it is. Can it PROPERLY power high end headphones (HD800/700/650 etc.)? Absolutely not.

I don't know what's all the moaning about the price. All high end audio gear is very expensive ($25k speaker, $70k turntables anyone?). Just because you don't see/hear the difference doesn't mean it's overpriced.

If you spend more than $1000 on headphones alone an plug it in into a crap $300 amp, you wasted your money. (Do you build a high end PC and use a crap 400W PSU? :wtf:)
 
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bumblebee still sennheiser is overall more pricier was my point. my ath-ad 700's which i got for 103 bucks sound better than my sennheiser 558's which were near 200 bucks
 
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not really. both companies make entry level and premium products.

Audio Technica ATH-W3000 Anniversary Edition $1300, Audio Technica ATH-W5000 $1200, Audio Technica ATH-W1000x $700, Audio Technica AT-HA5000 $1500

Sennheiser HD800 $1400, Sennheiser HD700 $1000, Sennheiser HD650 $450, Sennheiser HDVA 800 $2000, Sennheiser HDVA 600 $1600
 
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bumblebee still sennheiser is overall more pricier was my point. my ath-ad 700's which i got for 103 bucks sound better than my sennheiser 558's which were near 200 bucks
Sound is very subjective and I have no doubt about what you said. It also depends on the music you are listening to (some headphones are better suited for rock, some for classical).
Even amps sound different between one and other (tube amps, solid state amp, hybrid amp etc.).
 

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not really. both companies make entry level and premium products.

Audio Technica ATH-W3000 Anniversary Edition $1300, Audio Technica ATH-W5000 $1200, Audio Technica ATH-W1000x $700, Audio Technica AT-HA5000 $1400

Sennheiser HD800 $1400, Sennheiser HD700 $1000, Sennheiser HD650 $450, Sennheiser HDVA 800 $2000, Sennheiser HDVA 600 $1600
show me a sennheiser with $100 sound that sounds better than the ath-ad700's and I will show you my wallet.
 
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show me a sennheiser with $100 sound that sounds better than the ath-ad700's and I will show you my wallet.
HD 448 (449) falls into the $100 range. But as I said, it's subjective, and every one of us will hear/like (or hate) them differently.
 

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show me a sennheiser with $100 sound that sounds better than the ath-ad700's and I will show you my wallet.
There are no good Sennheisers at the $100 pricepoint I think, you will have to look slightly higher than that (or lower) to find good bargains.

Currently using ATH-ESW9 atm, they are no better than their Senn counterparts.
 
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the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 is good with classical and jazz but there are better headphones for that. it's got good detail retrieval and perceived sound stage and this makes it popular with gamers. the Sennheiser HD558 are good with gaming and a better choice for rock, alternative, movies which is why I own them and not the Audio Technica ATH-AD700.

i'm not going to recommend the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 to someone who listens to dubstep and doesn't play video games just because you think it's the best value at $100. makes no sense.
 
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For multi-brazilionaires Bevery Hills rock and movie "stars" and producers...

Apple trashing seems like a kids game compared to this ripp off... yes, I will buy an IPAD NOW!!!!!

This is more like scientific instrumental, not for "enjoying" sounds at home fss...
 

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For multi-brazilionaires Bevery Hills rock and movie "stars" and producers...

Apple trashing seems like a kids game compared to this ripp off... yes, I will buy an IPAD NOW!!!!!

This is more like scientific instrumental, not for "enjoying" sounds at home fss...
Just because we cannot quantify how good a product is compared to another doesn't mean its a piece of overpriced crap.
 
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For multi-brazilionaires Bevery Hills rock and movie "stars" and producers...

Apple trashing seems like a kids game compared to this ripp off... yes, I will buy an IPAD NOW!!!!!

This is more like scientific instrumental, not for "enjoying" sounds at home fss...
Did you ever listen to a high end sound setup? And actually, this amp isn't even expensive compared to some others.

Happy browsing: http://www.higherfi.com/amplist/amplist.htm
 
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oh and I have read nothing but good things about the Samson SR850 being a good alternative to the Audio Technica ATH-AD700.
 
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To thos eabove: I douche in the morning and don't know why always have remaining water in the ears, sorry but I can't hear the "subtle nuances and heavenly angels singing"! LOL
 
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To thos eabove: I douche in the morning and don't know why always have remaining water in the ears, sorry but I can't hear the "subtle nuances and heavenly angels singing"! LOL
But what's the point of calling it overpriced if you haven't even heard it or even care about it? To you it's subtle, to others who enjoy hi-fi audio it's substantial.
The same situation can be translated to CPU's, some don't see any improvements with overclocking, they are even happy with a Pentium 4, so why buy overpriced hardware if some people say that a P4 is good enough?
 
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I bought a pair of Audeze LCD-2 ($1000) headphones a couple months ago. I asked around, did my research and took a chance. this headphone doesn't even use a neodymium driver. it's planar magnetic. it doesn't look like Beats or Beats Solo which is a popular style these days and it cost a lot of money. it's the best headphone I have ever listened to. I can use words like deep, controlled bass with a lot of impact. lush mids and crisp highs but none of that means anything if you haven't listened to a quality loud speaker or headphone. how do you know what crisp highs sound like?
 
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Just because we cannot quantify how good a product is compared to another doesn't mean its a piece of overpriced crap.
He just forgot to add the benefit of having people over, them asking wtf is that then you explaining how you flopped down money for that. They seemed interested, listen to it, can't tell the difference. Then asking them GREAT ISN'T IT? Then they shake their head no and you feeling deep amounts of shame and thus never talking to that person ever again. Shits priceless
 
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If you think the Essence even comes close to high end amps, you are very very wrong. Is it good? Yes it is. Can it PROPERLY power high end headphones (HD800/700/650 etc.)? Absolutely not.

I don't know what's all the moaning about the price. All high end audio gear is very expensive ($25k speaker, $70k turntables anyone?). Just because you don't see/hear the difference doesn't mean it's overpriced.

If you spend more than $1000 on headphones alone an plug it in into a crap $300 amp, you wasted your money. (Do you build a high end PC and use a crap 400W PSU? :wtf:)
look the first link,is and headphone amp at 620$/€ and can run hd800 and lower go and take a look on youtube search a guys named thesnazzyiphoneguy and see xd xd
 
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He just forgot to add the benefit of having people over, them asking wtf is that then you explaining how you flopped down money for that. They seemed interested, listen to it, can't tell the difference. Then asking them GREAT ISN'T IT? Then they shake their head no and you feeling deep amounts of shame and thus never talking to that person ever again. Shits priceless
Yep happens often, but I just don't care, I buy things for my pleasure (if someone doesn't see the point, good for them).
That same friend could buy a very expensive car, and someone who isn't very interested in cars will say it drives the same as some POS car (this can be applied to all things in life, we are all different).
Hence I don't see the point in buying something to impress others, but whatever floats your boat :toast:

look the first link,is and headphone amp at 620$/€ and can run hd800 and lower go and take a look on youtube search a guys named thesnazzyiphoneguy and see xd xd
Yeah, I saw that. But as I said, does it drive it to their full potential? You won't know until you try the expensive/higher end amps.
Headphones like HD650 benefit a lot from proper amplification and they scale really really well with better amps.