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post #6151 of 6600
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post


OK,

I was hoping it has the same glossy look as the HE-6
Yeah it should. I don't really like the glossy on the HE-6, I had one for a while. People are different though, just my opinion.
post #6152 of 6600
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Originally Posted by sphinxvc View Post

 

That's awesome.  Do also write about the shifts in perception you observed when posting your thoughts on the phone.

 

Yes, please do! I'm also curious about the shifts in perception, but haven't had the patience to read the whole epic yet.

 

I see what people mean when they say that these headphones can be unforgiving with some material. Most of what I've listened to has sounded great, but some Blut Aus Nord and Manic Street Preachers tracks had the most abrasive treble, I couldn't listen to the songs all the way through. For Blut Aus Nord, I put on my HD650s instead, and then felt like I was missing too much detail. My D7000s were a good compromise. :)

post #6153 of 6600

Hi,

I'm intending to buy a new headphone, and I'm very enthusiast about the HD800 itself. I heard it on a Hi-fi show two years ago, and immediately fell in love with their clarity, sounstage, and resolution , but with more agressive music , like Hard rock, the treble was a bit peaky. I've heard that the newer batches (Serial number ~14000 and above) attenuate this problem to almost mon-existence. Is this true?

And will an Apex Butte do justice with the HD800?

I've heard that its almost as good sounding, as the Arete, which must be one of the best sounding 1k AMP on the market.


Edited by voyager123 - 12/29/12 at 10:39pm
post #6154 of 6600
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Originally Posted by voyager123 View Post

Hi,

I'm intending to buy a new headphone, and I'm very enthusiast about the HD800 itself. I heard it on a Hi-fi show two years ago, and immediately fell in love with their clarity, sounstage, and resolution , but with more agressive music , like Hard rock, the treble was a bit peaky. I've heard that the newer batches (Serial number ~14000 and above) attenuate this problem to almost mon-existence. Is this true?

And will an Apex Butte do justice with the HD800?

I've heard that its almost as good sounding, as the Arete, which must be one of the best sounding 1k AMP on the market.


Mine have a very smooth treble, ref 137xx.   I mean, there's a treble emphasis, but it's not an abrupt change in the frequency response, it comes progressively. A least  it's smooth compared to my previous headphone.

post #6155 of 6600

Love that black color!biggrin.gif

post #6156 of 6600
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

Wanted a finish that was similar to the original, just black instead of silver. Gloss might look too blingy or fake. As good as those glossy examples look in pictures, I don't think I would like it in my hand.
900x900px-LL-318250d4_HD800h.jpeg

 

Looks great,almost like a gun metal..grey/black--nice

post #6157 of 6600

Mine has a ship date of Jan. 28th..  Why the hell so long..  I can't wait.  Yeah yours are flat..  Can't wait until I get to hold mine in my hands...biggrin.gif

 

I hope they don't mess with the driver either and screw up the sound..

post #6158 of 6600

ON a side note

Has anyone considered using either a silver ,or,copper silver

I know,I know..peak issue?,.which I dont seem to have,on my pair

Just curious..

 

Prepo--congrats on the new cans..got my used pair today ,a few hours,extremely happy-

4 weeks is not unreasonable for a custom made headphone-NO?

post #6159 of 6600
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Mine has a ship date of Jan. 28th..  Why the hell so long..  I can't wait.  Yeah yours are flat..  Can't wait until I get to hold mine in my hands...biggrin.gif

I hope they don't mess with the driver either and screw up the sound..
It will probably take a week longer than that. Mine took about 5 weeks.

As far as the sound, I shipped mine to Purrin who measured them and compared to other HD800 and the Sennheiser measurement and there seemed to be no change. If anything it might have improved it. Mine seem to be the best sounding and measuring he has had there. I doubt it has anything to do with the paint though.
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As a brand new HD800 owner (s/n 19xxx) I'm still quite enthusiastic about them. I've read a little of this gigantic thread and have come to realize that I have a LOT to look forward to. What with cables, amps, DACs and modifications, there are a miriad of ways to alter the sound if I'm not happy. Right now I'm just enjoying the clarity and presentation of songs old and new. It's a whole new world... smily_headphones1.gif

Any immediate suggestions for a fledgling owner but long-time admirer? I'm looking to get a Schiit Mjolnir and a decent balanced cable to start but for now I'm actually quite happy with the Fiio E17 on high gain. It should be interesting to see the change when I get home from vacation and dock the E17 in the higher powered E9. I know I'll be upgrading, but I'm fine with using what I have to start.

Dale
Edited by AgentXXL - 12/31/12 at 5:50pm
post #6161 of 6600
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Originally Posted by AgentXXL View Post

As a brand new HD800 owner (s/n 19xxx) I'm still quite enthusiastic about them. I've read a little of this gigantic thread and have come to realize that I have a
LOT to look forward to. What with cables, amps, DACs and modifications, there are a miriad of ways to alter the sound if I'm not happy. Right now I'm just enjoying the clarity and presentation of songs old and new. It's a whole new world... smily_headphones1.gif
Any immediate suggestions for a fledgling owner but long-time admirer?
Dale

 

Congrats. Big step up from your current cans...

 

Suggestions? Start collecting funds for a source and amp.

post #6162 of 6600

Finally , I think I  gave up in trying to equalize the hd800. There's a slight treble boost, but it's enjoyable, making the sound more "alive".

If it's a bit fatiguing, I  just have to move the headphone a bit forward ( without any inclination),

and it tame down the treble enough to  be in the comfort zone (it affects imaging too).

The hd800 have great clarity, but I  think senheiser wanted to impress even more listener by boosting a bit treble in the right region, to give a "wow" effect.

It's not a "flaw", but a "feature".

post #6163 of 6600

hope one day, i will get one with all stuffs to run it

post #6164 of 6600
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post
The hd800 have great clarity, but I  think senheiser wanted to impress even more listener by boosting a bit treble in the right region, to give a "wow" effect.

It's not a "flaw", but a "feature".

 

Hello, it sounds like that has been pretty frustrating  frown.gif. I know the feeling but it hasn't applied with my HD800s at all. I guess we all hear differently. Best. James.

post #6165 of 6600

Headphones are based on a full range driver that has to cover the whole audio frequency band. But developing and making a driver that can reproduce audio from say 20Hz to 20Khz with the minimum amount of gain loss at the extremes of the frequency spectrum isn't easy or cheap. So on cheaper drivers you can expect a gain loss in the bass and treble. Designers would select a suitable driver response for whatever market position the headphone is aimed at. So a more bass heavy driver would be used in say a bass heavy headphone.

 

In the case of cans such as the HD800 the driver is better engineered. So it has a better frequency response in the upper frequency range compared to your common variety ( read: cheap) set of cans. But few would have heard cans with less treble loss. This generates the impression that the HD800 is brighter or that the treble response is somehow incorrect. But far from it. If you own a high-end set of speakers and compare the high frequency detail from the speaker against the HD800 you'll find very little difference in the additional information that you hear. Compare that to a cheaper set of cans and soon you'll get the hang of the HD800.

 

The HD800 really is for people with excellent speakers. They are more likely to appreciate the similarities in terms of what can be heard.

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