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Right now, AKG still has the know-how and solid processes from the Austrian production, it takes some time till the Chinese-made headphhones drop in quality. Sennheiser doesn't even develop the consumer-stuff in Germany, it's designed in Singapore and made in China because the Chinese wanted to copy their technology in the early 90s when they tried to offshore microphone-production, huge fail.   The only current (>90%) German-made Headphone is the HD800 and their...
Just found this thread again and noticed I haven*t answered important questions, so if anybody cares:      Not everybody but the "average" Chinese is in fact a slave laborer for the western consumers and worldwide upper-class.    German manufacturers usually don*t pay someone to "glue plastic parts together", they started automation a century ago - it creates jobs in a lower quantity but higher quality (those who develop and service the machines) - as long as the labor is...
The average cost in production is about 0.60$/h in China. Workers are "trained-on-the-job" for a few weeks at best. Somebody has posted images of an usual OEM - that's "Made in China". The average cost in Germany is 50$/h, but what you get is a trained (several years, usually within the company as well as on "technical colleges") craftsman ("Facharbeiter"), specialized on mechatronics, industrial electronics, tool-making or NC-machining... They're often unchallenged in...
The Sennheiser HD800 and the Beyerdynamic are pretty much the best headphones I know of. They are entirely new designs, state-of-the-art driver-technology with powerful and experienced family businesses behind them to finance these expensive developments (including rigid scientific research and development with digital models). But they're not "sounded" as many other headphones, they reveal weaknesses of the recording more than others, they don't veil them with their own...
I'm not a fan of their design, either. But once you see them with your own eyes and hold them in your hands, you will notice that they're better made than most "luxurious" looking headphones. They also incorporate more metal on invisible parts, while most other manufacturers use metal as an aesthetic design element on outer parts. It's the same with the headband: this "useless strip of steel" IS the headband itself which is covered for the most part by plastic! Try it...
@Necrolic & majkel Just pick any cable manufacturer who claims to improve sound, or what about the guy who made the cables which aren't even able to work reliable (pictures in this thread)? Cables used in Hifi under normal circumstances don't sound, period! That's not an opinion, generalization, that's an scientific fact. We fully understand the electric processes within wires transporting an electric music signal since decades! We can measure tiniest differences...
So you want this to be a pleasant place for average members as well as people who betray and rip-off others with false statements and worthless products instead of having a real debate to rule out false information? What's when I would say I can tune your HD800 by sending it to me and paying me 100$ so that I put a "HD900"-sticker on it? Would I be still a tolerated member because you don't HAVE to send me your HD800? I don't know, I look at these pictures of cables and...
"but lets not get into the cable/sound debate here, especially since neither of us have heard them in HA's system" No debate, just facts: stick with the stock cable of your expensive headphones! I really enjoy this forum, even if I have to struggle with my English it offers unique information and experience. But even outside the voodoo-section, people post voodoo-stuff: I'm fighting through an eloquent, enjoyable review of HD800, T1 or Stax just to read how it can...
What does "quality" mean in this discussion? - The luxurious feel and image of the materials used? - The fit & finish? - The long-term quality and reliability? The overall best build headphone/amp ever made is the Sennheiser HE90/HEV90 - no surprise given their price... The HD800 is underrated because of it's "spacy" look and silver painted plastic. But given the robust design, precise fit & finish of nearly every detail and the use of expensive and rigid...
"If the cable does not affect the sound, why do the Sennheiser HD 800s ship with a silver-plated copper cable when they could save money by using all copper?" From what I've seen the HD800-cable-system is very well thought out, much better than the cheap and fragile system of my HD580 which failed twice in ten years and now fells apart entirely (connectors loosened)... The ODU-connectors and the Neutrik-plug alone propably cost more than most brands are willing to pay...
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