i currently use my hd650 which is powered by a fiio e9(high gain) through the speaker output of essence st... i wanted to ask that if i upgraded to the hd800 then would i notice a clear cut difference... ofcourse i will shift to higher end amp/dac combo later down the road when i can save enough money.... or would it be too bad with my setup and i should upgrade the dac/amp combo first before going to higher end headphones as i, sometimes, get the impression, from posts on the forums, that my audio setup is sub-par for even the hd650s(or is it?)... as i live in pakistan, it is exceedingly hard to import stuff and, amazingly, high end sennheisers like hd800/hd700 are available here but no matching quality amps or dacs(any amps or dacs for that matter)... had to import everything other than the hd650s which are available here...
I compared copper and silver cables of comparable construction from DHC, and the silver was much more transparent IMO. It needed >400 hrs to lose that sheen, but after that it became balanced, very natural in tone and timbre on several headphones (I use DHC mini-XLR adaptors so that I can swap cables easily.).
For me, the greatest difference came from finding the right amp / tube setup. I had always felt my HD800 was either too bright or too dark, and somehow artificial - reproduced music, not live music. When I put the Sophia Princess 2A3s in my DNA Stratus, my HD800 became an amazing headphone -- I had never heard it perform so beautifully! A gorgeous, wide and deep, seamless soundworld at a comfortable perspective, perfectly natural tonality, and so liquid smooth and detailed, I felt it had suddenly surpassed the HE-6 and SR-009, both of which have been here a significant length of time. And now I use my HD800 almost all of the time.
So, count me as another HD800-fanboy!
^ Spot on. 80% of the time I have silver on mine. Though there are times when a copper cable comes in handy.
Depends on the recording quality (I don't mean bitrate). I've heard crappy recordings sound indistinguishable in FLAC vs MP3, but good quality ones easily discernable in various bitrates. It goes without saying that ancillary equipment and sensory acuity + training play a big role.
This is interesting. I'm in the market to upgrade the stock cables for the HD800 and am contemplating getting silver or copper cables. As I would like the most resolving, detailed and transparent cable for the HD800, silver seems to be the obvious choice. However, I'm afraid that a silver cable would enhance the sibilance of the HD800, making it sound overly bright.Would this be the case or are my fears unfounded? Welcome anyone to chime in based on your experience and what would be the ideal cable upgrade for the HD800?
Depends on the rest of your chain. If the signal's sibilant, it will sound sibilant. With copper, you'll get a more forgiving sound that masks flaws, but the headphones will still remain HD800s (ie. fairly revealing).
Silver = worse than copper with subpar gear and better than copper on good gear.