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Posts by Magick Man

Take it up with Tyll, he's the one who said it. Maybe you know more than him about it, who knows?
Even something as inexpensive as the Valhalla 2 really makes the T1 come alive. m9XX + Valhalla 2 is a great combo for 600Ω cans. It's no EC Balancing Act, which is the high-resistance headphone king, but it's quite an impressive value.
Most don't EQ, and buying a $1000 set of headphones just to extensively mod them is pretty absurd for most people (given the risk of damaging them is rather high and you will be significantly shortening their usable life). What Tyll is saying is, if you already have an old set of HD800s and have a steady hand, sure, but if you don't, just buy the 800S. I agree with him.If you can get a dinged-up set for ~$700, maybe $800...
I rarely EQ my headphones, most people don't, and others don't want to shorten the life of such an expensive device. Buying new, just to then mod them (voiding the warranty), seems counter-intuitive.
What Tyll, and other reviewers, are saying is: If you already have an HD800, and you don't mind modding and using some EQ, getting the HD800S is entirely unnecessary. However, if you're buying the HD800 for the first time, and don't want to mod them (voiding the warranty) and prefer not to use EQ, the HD800S is a no-brainer. Some of the mods are tricky, you can easily damage the drivers, and you will shorten the life of the HD800 significantly, even if you are successful...
He recommended the 800S over the 800 w/ mods, too.
Tyll recommended the 800S over the 800, I'm not sure what you're saying there.
My HD800S is on the way, can't wait to compare it to my Anaxilus-mod HD800. Fight!
No talk about the LE Reds? I think they look quite spiffy. Here's a fly in the ointment, comparing these to my "plain" K7XXs, these are ~1 dB more forward in the mid-upper bass region. Might just be driver variances, but it's definitely there (doing A>B, same amp), even my wife can hear the difference. Also they seem to be slightly more open in soundstage. If I can get them back from her (red's her favorite color) I'll post some more observations. Oh, why are these...
Well, the S replaced the 800 on his Wall, so even with the mods he must feel the new model is worth it, he says as much in his review. I'm not sure I'd spend nearly $1000 for cans that have been recently one-upped by a new model. To each their own, though.
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