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post #6541 of 6600

I have as well. I tried it for a week and in the end I removed it. Although around the same time I replaced the pads on my HD800 which made a bigger difference to the sound since my pads were pretty worn out by then.

post #6542 of 6600

Yea, I did as well. I'm probably one of those referenced per "idiot proof".

I can't cut in a straight line to save my life...

 

I'm hoping the RD 2.0 mod will allow me to finally try out the HD800 once again.

post #6543 of 6600

RD 2.0 mod???

post #6544 of 6600
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RD 2.0 mod???

Anax's Rabid Dog mod.

post #6545 of 6600

I tried the Anax mod (and other ones) as well. I came to same conclusion as paradoxper and preproman. It improves some things at the expense of others. I ended up reverting back to stock form every time.

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It improves some things at the expense of others.

But the main motivation, is I to reduce listening fatigue.

So if you experience no fatigue from begin, then I guess that mod is unnecessary.

post #6547 of 6600

There is no one mod/cable/source change/amp change/human sacrifice to appease the pagan gods for the HD800 that will magically satiate all the disparate tastes in audio.  For that matter, there's no one headphone that will do that, even with EQ.  

 

The "I like/I don't like/it's hard to do right/are you saying I don't know how to cut foam/I don't know how to answer that without insulting you/then you're insulting me, it's a duel to the death/why do you have a power snake in your pocket/I'm just excited to fight you over audio/that's just weird I'm going to slowly back away" argument is tired and misses the crux of the issue - people have different tastes and priorities.

post #6548 of 6600
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But the main motivation, is I to reduce listening fatigue.

So if you experience no fatigue from begin, then I guess that mod is unnecessary.

 

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There is no one mod/cable/source change/amp change/human sacrifice to appease the pagan gods for the HD800 that will magically satiate all the disparate tastes in audio.  For that matter, there's no one headphone that will do that, even with EQ.  

 

The "I like/I don't like/it's hard to do right/are you saying I don't know how to cut foam/I don't know how to answer that without insulting you/then you're insulting me, it's a duel to the death/why do you have a power snake in your pocket/I'm just excited to fight you over audio/that's just weird I'm going to slowly back away" argument is tired and misses the crux of the issue - people have different tastes and priorities.

 

Good points.

post #6549 of 6600

I haven't tried the Rabid Dog mods yet.. mainly because I'm so happy with how it sounds in stock form.  It really might be the quality of synergy with the components upstream.  I even found it to sound quite good with Objective2.. soundstage gets more 'closed in' vs the G109 and the sound isn't as authoritative and technically proficient (namely, the bass).. but it's very serviceable.  Maybe it's my ears adjusting, maybe its the other gear, maybe its 'burn in'.. who knows.. but I find this phone incredibly enjoyable for practically every genre.  Been running lots of (streamed) hip hop through it the last couple of days and it doesn't leave me wanting (and I've got the HE-400 just a few feet away).

post #6550 of 6600
Here's a recently discovered song I just love on the HD 800-right up there with Jeff Buckley's 'Halelujah' rendition:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=b4BsB7u_dqo&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Db4BsB7u_dqo

-Daniel
post #6551 of 6600

For fellow HD 800 owners and others, have you tried aftermarket cables on your HD 800? What do you think of them and which would you recommend? I'm considering getting a Cardas Clear cable, after hearing a lot of good things about it, or something of the like. It does seem a little steep, at $700, but if it improves the sound enough i guess it may be worth it. Getting a balanced amp is something different altogether that I'm considering.

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For fellow HD 800 owners and others, have you tried aftermarket cables on your HD 800? What do you think of them and which would you recommend? I'm considering getting a Cardas Clear cable, after hearing a lot of good things about it, or something of the like. It does seem a little steep, at $700, but if it improves the sound enough i guess it may be worth it. Getting a balanced amp is something different altogether that I'm considering.

I've got the QAudio cable and really love it with my HD800s. I've also owned the DHC Molecule (very nice) and Cardas Gold (also nice, but my least favourite mainly due to ergonomics).

post #6553 of 6600
I have an aftermarket cable just because I needed balanced. I don't have another to compare it to though. Honestly not much of a cable believer, though as I get closer to the end of my journey I will give it a go. Seems wasteful to do it while you are still making the climb. I would consider it a tweak that you do when you have the gear you know you will live with for a long time.
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I have an aftermarket cable just because I needed balanced. I don't have another to compare it to though. Honestly not much of a cable believer, though as I get closer to the end of my journey I will give it a go. Seems wasteful to do it while you are still making the climb. I would consider it a tweak that you do when you have the gear you know you will live with for a long time.

 

Yeah, i know it's a topic of debate among many people. I would have to think that it does matter some, and that might be dependent on the other components in your system as well. Guys with very high end systems seem to think cables can matter a great deal, but that may have other factors, including experience (age; being able to build up to such a system and thus notice a difference).

post #6555 of 6600
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Yeah, i know it's a topic of debate among many people. I would have to think that it does matter some, and that might be dependent on the other components in your system as well. Guys with very high end systems seem to think cables can matter a great deal, but that may have other factors, including experience (age; being able to build up to such a system and thus notice a difference).

I have always considered cables the "final tweak". For me, I needed a balanced cable and the Q is about as ergonomic a cable there is and very musical & detailed. So win-win for me.

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