Due to a general lack of time to enjoy my audio collection, I have decided to move on my ultimate headphone setup. This comprises Sennheiser's incomparable HD 800 headphones, a Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear headphone amplifier, and a PS Audio NuWave DAC.
These three components combine perfectly to produce a headphone listening experience that I am yet to find a better alternative.
Located in Melbourne, Victoria. I am happy to discuss interstate shipping at the buyers cost.
Price for all three as listed is $2,400. For anyone wishing to purchase all three together, I will consider reasonable offers around that price point.
** Special ** - buy all three at my asking price of $2,400 and I will include 2 x pairs of Chord Chrimson RCA interconnects valued at over $300 for no cost. I strongly recommend purchasing all three components together, as I invested a significant amount of time, money, and efforts in finding the ultimate system at a reasonable price point. Any new owner would not be disappointed
These are three main components, including individual price, manufacturer's links and review links where appropriate:
1. Headphones - Sennheiser HD 800's
There isn't much I can say about the Sennheiser HD 800's that hasn't already been written. They are truly epic headphones. I have auditioned the other big names, and the Sennheisers to my ears are simply the best.
New cost - $1500
Yours for - $950
Manufacturer's description: More than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied into the new HD 800. Incorporating Sennheiser’s most advanced driver technology, these open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones redefine what reference-level audio is all about. You will form an altogether new height of sonic perspective as you experience a high-fidelity natural hearing experience. Do take note that presently, no other manufacturer has been able to come up as close as the HD 800 in replicating the basic acoustic conditions of natural hearing.
Matching these headphones' reference-grade audio performance is their striking and visually effective industrial design. Premium parts have gone into their production - the transducer is encased by a precision material made of stainless steel. The earpads are handcrafted from a high-quality microfiber fabric. This material is extremely comfortable to wear and easy to maintain. The headband and headphone mounting utilises the most advanced development from the aerospace industry. In terms of connectivity, these headphones utilise specially-designed, four-wire, high-performance connections.
Truly, the HD 800 are a glorious success and have become a pioneer in headphone development.
New reference class in wired headphones
Open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones
Natural hearing experience - realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
Biggest transducers ever used in headphones up to today - new innovative dynamic transducer design
Uncovered earcups for acoustic and stylistic reasons
Handcrafted ear pads, made of high-quality microfiber fabric
Metal headband with inner damping element
Specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
Special high precision headphone connectors
2. Headphone Amplifier - Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear
This headphone amp produces the power needed to properly power the Sennheiser HD 800's. With this amplifier, sounds comes out of a pure, noise free environment that is nothing short of breathtaking. You will not find a better match for the HD 800's than this amplifier. Check out this review on Youtube.
Manufacturer's description: Already since 2004 the Linear has made all common headphones to shine at their very best. Extremely demanding users rely on our top model, from the West German Broadcasting Corporation to the audiophile TACET label to Sennheiser’s and AKG’s headphone experts. It’s not without reason that the Linear belongs to the reference class in its genre.
When you put on your headphones and load your favourite CD, the Linear will give rise to wonderful worlds before your mind’s eye. Physical, punchy lows and a delicate resolution reveal your favourite tracks in all their glory over the entire frequency bandwidth. Carefully selected components and an extremely sophisticated circuit design establish the foundation of our number on.
"The best we've come across."
— What Hi-Fi
A universal champion
With three gain settings it gives you an impressive listening pleasure, keeping an eye on your needs anytime – and this using a vast array of headphones on the most diverse sound sources. In this context we have, of course, taken into account the varying performance requirements and sensitivity levels of the headphone types currently available on the market.
If you want to enjoy your musical treasures via PC or iPad, the Linear with the optional USB feature offers the solution. And if you would like to share your joy at this quality of music reproduction with family and friends, our multiple test winner will be happy to feed two headphones at the same time. Of course, the listening enjoyment will remain equally fabulous then. The two parallel outputs of the discrete class A solid-state output stage.provide the basis of this double musical enjoyment.
New cost: $1,000
Yours for: $700
Review on WhatHiFi - rated 5 stars - http://www.whathifi.com/lehmann/black-cube-linear/review
Manufacturer's link (note slight name change and revised facia) - https://www.lehmannaudio.com/headphone-amplifiers/home/linear.html
3. Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) - PS Audio NuWave DAC
If you don't feed the headphone amplifier and headphones with a pure analog signal, you will never achieve the best possible performance. The NuWave DAC connects to your PC or Mac via USB, and produces the best sound you can imagine. Optical inputs are also available and the sound is equally impressive.
New cost: $1,200
Yours for: $750
Manufacturer's description: The NuWave DAC is an affordable high-end digital to analog processor. Based on our acclaimed PerfectWave series, the NWD accepts inputs from any digital source including USB (up to 192kHz 24 bit asynchronous) from your computer and connects to your system’s preamplifier with either single ended (RCA) or balanced (XLR) connections.
The NuWave DSD will transform your expectations of what’s possible in an under $2,000 DAC. The added detail and space produced by the NuWave DSD on good old Red Book CDs alone is worth the price of admission.
What makes the NuWave DSD so great?
We’ve taken the lessons learned from one of the world’s best DACs, the DirectStream, and applied them to a smaller-scale, lower-cost unit. Like the DirectStream before it, the NuWave DSD produces a seamless 3D soundstage from even normal CDs. Hand-tuned and personally voiced by Paul McGowan, the improvement in sound quality over other DACs is astonishing. The NuWave DSD accepts inputs from any digital source including I2S and USB from your computer and connects to your system’s preamplifier with either single ended (RCA) or balanced (XLR) connections. Used with music server software like JRiver, Bit Perfect, Amarra or Pure Music and an iPhone or Android app, the NuWave DSD becomes your entry into the world of high-end digital audio music, both PCM and DSD. Performance is superb at anywhere near the price and there’s good reasons why, as you’ll soon discover. In fact, the NuWave DSD is one of the best sounding products we have produced in our 23 years of building DACs. Sweet, spacious and effortless, this device will bring the life back into your music and all at the touch of a finger.
Final notes: I have boxes for all the components. It is possible to audition the equipment if you are in the Melbourne area.
Happy to answer any questions that any potential buyers might have.