Originally Posted by kool bubba ice
Was the HD800 more detailed and quicker? Mid range?
I would say they are on about the same *technical level*. The W5000 is great with both detail and speed, I'm not sure I've heard much better in those regards. The main difference is that the HD800 is more of a complete and balanced package.
When I owned the W5000, I was consistently "wow'ed" by its detail, speed, imaging, and soundstage. I listened for these aspects everytime I listened to them, simply amazing.
The HD800 has all of this, but it is more enjoyable because it really is the closest thing to the complete package. I don't listen for its strengths, rather I listen to the way it presents the entire spectrum of music.
For me, I think the key is the placement of the music. With every headphone I have owned, something has been slightly off with the placement of the music in comparison to the speakers I have owned. These present the music around you just as speakers do, yet in a "smaller" environment.