Originally Posted by Duncan
Depends in which way the boldness is aimed - to be fair to the AKGs, they sound not a million miles away from the HD800, just a more shouty version really, the HD800 is definitely cleaner sounding (but the AKGs have a more forward midrange), and can reach further in the frequncy extremes, however - you could almost say [wrongly] that the two headphones are cut from the same cloth... erm... well, diaphragms,,, - That being said, only got a couple of hours on the HD800, so - a bit early for a final realisation that I've spent £1,000 that I didn't need to lol
Actually, it is a bit alarming, A/B'ing the two of them - thankfully the HD800 scale better with hi-res music than the AKGs, else I really would be pi$$ed right now!
Maxvla, must stop meeting like this! - One word to say to you - Abracadabra!
I spent about 3 hours tonight auditioning my K702s, and some loaner HD800s using my home rig ( iMac > Decibel > Grace Design m903). Here are my initial impressions:
HD800: Lots of air, less bright than AKGs. Highest resolution in terms of detail, more placement instrument location than AKGs, sound surrounds your head more than is within it. Bass is well resolved to atleast 30 Hz and rolled off in deepest ambient tones. Most comfortable to wear of the trio, light, soft and cool to wear.
If you love high resolution detail, a neutral and balanced sound, airy mids and high frequency ambience and a surrounding soundstage in a comfortable set of headphones these are for you...
K 702: Lots of air, brighter, similar to H800 in many ways but with less resolution, least precision of instrument location, sound field more outside your head than inside. Bass is well resolved >50 Hz but attenuated below. More comfortable than K702s (light, cool but touch of cheekbone pressure and top of head).
The AKGs present a bright, detailed presentation with an airy, less precise, surrounding soundstage with a tight, but somewhat attenuated deep bass in a light weight medium comfort cans. At 1/5th the price of the Sennheisers that represent a tremendous value.
BobEdited by iim7V7IM7 - 8/25/12 at 4:27pm