Originally Posted by Rev. Eslam
Yes, the headphone posts may be rather off-topic but since I'm considering both the Hilo and HD 800 I appreciate the comments.
If you're considering the Hilo, you might also want to check this out: Apogee Symphony I/O Modules > Apogee Electronics The New 2x4 Analog I/O Module for Symphony I/O from Apogee | BH inDepth
That puts a 2 channel Symphony at roughly the same price as a Hilo, with the added flexibility of an extra module bay to add I/O later, especially cool if one can drop 2 2x4 modules in.
My reservations about the Hilo are:
-Locking in to 2 channels only.
-Whether it's aimed as much or more at mastering engineers and audiophiles than at musicians.
It's one thing for me to go way over budget for killer conversion, sacrificing some I/O to get it, another thing altogether to pay for wonderful features that may be cool to have, but that I don't really need.
Originally Posted by Jezzta668
Trying to keep the HD 800 comments on topic in regard to the Hilo. In the audiophile world, there is much agonizing about pairing the HD800s with an amp that will tame their hot treble (tube amps etc). Because the Hilo is very transparent, I think that anyone buying it and the HD 800s might find the treble a tad pointy. So, in trying to keep us on topic whilst discussing another product, I would suggest to people that if they find their rather expensive combo of Hilo+HD800 not what they were hoping, there is still hope as I've found the mod to be a major improvement making this pairing a very good one.
Since the Hilo claims a "world class" headphone amp as one of its key features, discussing which headphones to pair with it isn't that far off topic.
Which is my excuse for the following…
I'm a long time fan of Sennheiser headphones. Used to be able to get ones like the HD265's and HD570's for about 1/2 off refurbished and shipped free direct from Sennheiser. Good, but not great stuff at excellent prices. And if you've ever had headphones go bad because of a scratchy plug, no problem, switch the cable out cheap. My question is why get a so-called reference product like the HD800 if it has a known user issue with its sound that might require one to purchase a modification for it? That kind of money, I have to be floored right out of the box. Just saying.