Okay, so I had the chance to audition the Sennheiser HD800 today.....Unfortunately, @vaibhavp and @abhinit90 couldn't make it :(
The Sennheiser Office had the Lehmann Black Cube Linear as the amp for the HD800, which was connected to an HP laptop through headphone-out :facepalm:
But, unlike the last time when I had auditioned the HD800, this time around I had my DX100 as the source. I had even brought my LCDs for a side-by-side comparison.
So, I had my DX100 connected to the Lehmann BCL via Line-Out playing music through the HD800 and LCD2.
And I'll state this explicitly: I liked the HD800 better for most genres of music, than the LCD2! except maybe the EDM...
One could argue that the Lehmann BCL isn't better suited for the LCD, but I'm not here to talk about that.
I'm here to talk about how marvellous the HD800 sounds!
Let me start by saying that this time around the DX100 did make a huge difference, unlike in the past when the source was a humble laptop (via headphone-out). I may not be able to recall everything, but I can say one thing with certainty, that the HD800 did sound much better...way ahead than the last time I heard :)
Ergonomics: They are so friggin light and comfortable! I couldn't feel them placed on my head, nor cupped around my ears!
Transients: The HD800 has an extremely good transient response. It was able to deliver the "snap" of instruments effortlessly. The sound is a little "thin", but most people would never know till they hear other good headphones.
Clarity: The details that the HD800 was able to bring out from the music, was simply shocking! It is at par with the LCDs way ahead of the LCDs, which are planar magnetic headphones, and supposed to do better at detailing>right?
Soundstage: Dat soundstage!! This was something I had admired even the last time around, and it was no surprise that the sound was coming from everywhere, but from around my ears.
Lows: The HD800 are anything but bass-shy. They are able to produce copious amounts of bass when the music calls for it. The impact (read:thud) may not be the same as the LCDs, but the quality of the bass and the attack speed, are both praiseworthy indeed.
Mids: They were excellent as well, with great transparency and both male and female voices sounded quite natural.
Highs: Not at all offensive! Extremely pleasing and musical to my ears. Dunno what was responsible for that in the audio chain -- the DX100 or the Lehmann BCL?? But, the cymbals sounded very natural and more importantly: inoffensive.
All in all, the HD800 made music sound very natural, effortless, live and realistic. The transparency was so great, that I was able to focus on all the subtle details in music, without straining my ears.
While listening to certain songs, where there were passages involving high-pitched voices of singers, I had goosebumps! >> such was the sound quality from these headphones.
Okay, so if you haven't guessed it yet.............................I have already placed an order for the HD800
As for the amp, I'm set for the Lehmann Black Cube Linear, and will buy it soon. I do not wish to read any more reviews, nor spend money on experimentation here.
PS: Please do not consider that the LCD 2 headphones are inferior to the HD800, based on my brief impressions above. It is too early to say that, since I haven't heard the LCDs using an amp best matched with them; as against the HD800, which I heard using the Lehmann BCL amp -- which is de facto, the official amp Sennheiser uses for its HD800!
Edited by BadBoySimran - 4/14/14 at 2:41pm