Sennheiser hd820 or hd800s with Naim Amp Question

lakitu1982

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Hi,

I am buying either the Sennheiser HD820's or the HD800's next week and would like to avoid if possible having to buy the pre amp HDV 820 Sennheiser produce as it's £2000.

I have a Naim Nait 5i which I use currently with The Naim CD Player does anyone know if the Naim Nait 5i will work ok or well enough with these headphones or will I will really missing out not buying the balanced Sennheiser pre amp, whatever that means.

Also would I be better getting a tube amp?

While I love music my knowledge on these things is poor.
 
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Friesiansam

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Bare in mind the HD800 are open back and the HD820 closed, if you are not already aware.

If I was spending that sort of money on high-end headphones, I would want a nice headphone amp to drive them. There is a wide choice available below £2000, that should do a good job. I would not recommend the Pathos DAC/amp I use due to it's low output.
 

lakitu1982

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Bare in mind the HD800 are open back and the HD820 closed, if you are not already aware.

If I was spending that sort of money on high-end headphones, I would want a nice headphone amp to drive them. There is a wide choice available below £2000, that should do a good job. I would not recommend the Pathos DAC/amp I use due to it's low output.
Thank you, yes I think I am leaning towards the HD800 open backs. I've actually owned them before but sold them years ago but I'm just wondering on what amp to pair it with.
 

lakitu1982

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Best way to be! Enjoy the music.

You'll be fine with either headphone and the Naim.
Thank you for your advice, I suppose just buying the HD800's and trying them on my Naim 5i is the way forward. I'm sure I'll be happy with it and if not I can search for something else.
 

jjbomber

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Thank you for your advice, I suppose just buying the HD800's and trying them on my Naim 5i is the way forward. I'm sure I'll be happy with it and if not I can search for something else.
Exactly that.

If you're happy with the Naim, then great. If not, and you feel a need to splash the cash, then start auditioning.

If I was spending £2k on an upgrade, I'd probably trade the Naim 5i and cash for a Supernait before a Sennheister headphone amp. But that's me, not you.
 
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