Originally Posted by achristilaw
Have you looked at the applied Geometry of the HD800 from the side view?
Notice the center-line of the driver tilt? If you place the headband flat on your head the axis shifts and the resulting driver center-line is placed higher on the Z axis.
Like the 580, 600/650 you have to wear the head-band more forward on the top of the head and the image will drop accordingly. That and your new Beta will help!
Rock forward or even more reversed! Not everyone has the same outer ear arrangement or construction.
No, that really doesn't help. I've tried every position in the book, including wearing the headphones backwards with L & R cables reversed. The imaging is still too high and the soundstage isn't focused properly. Of course lowering the headphones on your head will drop the tall imaging, but that doesn't rectify the situation on its own.
You just need to try it for yourself to hear what is happening. I actually took the mod out the other day when I got a new cable to try, since the cable brought life back to my music. I couldn't stand it for more than 3 minutes. The mod was immediately put back in place.
The HD800 is the best dynamic phone on the market imo, but to these ears it needed a little adjustment. Of course I will try it again sans mod on the Beta, but I don't expect that to fix what I consider to be inherent (but minor) flaws in the headphone.