Originally Posted by kelvinz
my quick impressions is that the phones I have at hand (hd800/O2) are in a much higher league than the HF2.
I'm going to let my HF2 burn in a bit first and grab my ESW9's from work to make a more fair comparison
I have to agree. After spending the past few weeks with the HD800 I was severely underwhelmed when I tried the HF2 for the first time yesterday. I spent a few hours with them last night and this afternoon. There is no doubt that they are an excellent option at their price point, but to my ears they definitely are not the giant killers I was expecting from some of the reviews I've read. I've owned multiple PS1's in the past and still own an HP-1000 along with my HD800. Owners of the those two Grado models have nothing at all to fear about the HF2 possibly lowering their values. It has excellent tone, normal for a Grado, and is superb with vocals(specifically female) but it is definitely nowhere near as refined as the other two. I'm hoping break in brings something to the equation because right now something seems lost in the range where cymbals are played. It's like there is a smear/blur to the sound in that region that is really bothering me. Also, is it just me or are these new bowl pads slightly smaller than the bowl pads from a year or two ago? The pair on this HF2 is killing my ears and the bowls have never bothered me in the past.