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This tells me Sennheiser absolutely know what they're doing with the HD 800S. I've tried the HD 800 with and without felt mods several times, and it definitely affects staging. The tonal balance might have become more pleasant when the treble was attenuated, but the sound flattened, as you lost some sense of space that the standard HD 800 gives you.
If you're using Sennheiser 598, then I'd recommend going for the Marantz. The HDVD 800 costs twice as much, and would be overkill for headphones like that. The HDVD 800 is designed for the HD 800, and I recommend it for high impedance headphones like the HD 800 or Beyerdynamic T1. The Marantz has a better dac than the HDVD 800, which will probably work better in your case if you're going to use it with your speakers too. The HDVD 800 is a powerful amplifier, with a weak...
The original T1 was very close to being great. I sold mine after a year because the sound wasn't quite there. This new one sounds like just the thing to make me buy it again. Slightly more even treble and a smidge more bass sounds perfect.
I think he's referring to the firmware update to fix the hissing issue with some 192khz files, and not the standard USB drivers. The changelog on Sennheiser's website says "enhanced Windows 8 compatibility", so presumably the updater should run as intended now.
I did a dynamat mod on my MDR-1A. I didn't add any other material apart from the dynamat, because I quite like their overall balance. I just wanted to see if the bass distortion could be reduced. I added as much as I could on the cup, the rear of the driver and the baffle (wherever I could, as it isn't easy to find good spots where you don't risk covering vent holes). I'm very happy with the result! It sounds like there's more bass now than before, but the quality is...
For the LCD headphones the Essence III amp sounds better. It sounds more linear, while the HDVD 800 creates peaks in the sound which obscure the deep bass. It makes the LCD headphones not sound like I expect them to based on their frequency response, while the Essence III does make them sound as they should.   One negative with the Essence III amp is that is sounds slightly less wide than the HDVD 800. This becomes especially noticeable with the HD 800. The sound clearly...
That Amazon reviewer was so poor at explaining himself that he came across as slightly insane. He made it sound as if he connected the LCD-3 to the amp bypass outputs on the back, and was disappointed these unamplified outputs weren't capable of driving the headphones. I'm going to assume he didn't mean that, though it wouldn't be the first time I've heard of people doing something like that.   It is true though that you will probably not get the absolute best sound from...
I guess they didn't want people plugging in the wrong end of the cable into the headphone, with annoying consequences for everyone trying to use it with their PC sound cards. I wish more headphones would ship with either a good extension cable or an alternative long cable for situations like these.
I believe both are replaceable, with the MDR-1A having standard size connectors on both ends (it comes with two cables), while the HD558 has a smaller connector in the headphone with a twisting lock mechanism to keep it in place. It shouldn't be a problem to find or make replacements for either.
1. No. They're easy to drive. They'll sound better with an amp/DAC, because just about anything will, but it's not necessary to make them sound great. 2. Because the HD558 have angled drivers, you'll find that the MDR-1A has a similar kind of sound presentation. The sound isn't as open with the MDR-1A, but the style is somewhat similar. The MDR-1A has much more bass, both in quantity and impact thanks to the closed design. The MDR-1A should sound more lively, more dynamic,...
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