I find them less gaudy with black color. I never bought the hd800 for their design, but with black I'm even tempted to think that they look good.
Have you ever thought about using a silver cable?
Nice headphones prep. The glossy version of Max's? I like both.
BTW, just got the TH900 today. Good headphones, but not as good as the HD800s (or HE6s). Nothing surprising. More suited for low-volume listening perhaps.
Help me out with a cable material for the HD800s
Congrats on the TH900s
Copper for a smooth, liquid, forgiving sound. Silver for a high impact, punchy, more up-front, faster sound. My preference is usually silver for its greater accuracy and transparency, but with some harsher or lower-end gear, copper sounds better.
I keep both and just switch between the two, with silver getting the most listening time.
Very good looking, congrats. Here's Maxvla's in black matte for a reference
The Limited editon from Senns was it flat or glossy? Never mind, found the pictures http://www.head-fi.org/g/i/601719/this-is-a-limited-edition-sennheiser-hd-800-in-glossy-black-with-sennheiser-blue-accents-the-custom-coloring-was-applied-by-colorware-but-this-specific-color-scheme-the-sennheiser-blue-in-particular-was-only-available-for-this-very-limited-run/sennheiser/sort/display_order/, seems like mix and match of glossy and flat, imho the best looking option.
I would put in a vote for copper with the HD800s. Silver thins them out too much. They already have enough speed and up-front punch on their own IMO. This from a guy who likes euphonic Mullard tubes with his HD800s. To me the HD800s need that extra bit of help with mid- and low-range fullness. Otherwise the instruments become too isolated...
Moon Black Dragon headphone cable makes the HD800 just right to me, top highs to low bass, it's all good. Lots of insight in mids, too. No mods needed with these (mine are balanced, Furutech XLRs make it really good, better than Neutrik and well worth it, recommended by Moon).
(Silver Dragon is best on HE500s for me.)
HD800 serial 133xx.
I have both the same combinations and agree 100%....mine are both SE though....
Only 25 hours on the TH900 and they're already changing for the better. Great cans, and spectacularly good for closed ones. I take back the low-volume listening comment...they're good at high volumes too. They play in the same league as the 800 and HE6 (though the 800s are still my favourite).
As for the HD800 cables, people need to realize not all cables are created equal. The previous DHC flagship solid core cryo UPOCC silver was easily trumped by the new rectangular silver flagship that DHC replaced them with. Smoother, more natural, bigger soundstage and slightly better bass weight.
Moon Audio's Silver Dragon V3 is pretty good, but not quite at RS' level. Watch out for low quality silver from others who sell for cheap...it can make the sound dry and harsh.
Also, just to clarify, with some of my setups, copper does sound more pleasing. That's why I keep both.