Originally Posted by mrarroyo
Larry, very interesting notes of the cans. I am a bit perplexed on you comparison of the HD800 to the RS-1. Having listened to both I can not see myself spending $1,400 for the HD800 even when compared w/ the RS-1 and I would buy a vintage Joe Grado can over the HD800 any day of the week. BTW, I listened to the HD800 using a Luxman P1 Amp and although the combo sounded nice the vintage Joe Grado cans sounded great.
My Eddie Current ZDT amp takes all my cans to new heights, but it takes the HD800 further than my APS V3 cabled RS-1. Still, even on a $400 EF2 amp the HD800 beat the RS-1 on the same amp. I should mention that I have been using a Warren Audio "Double-Helix" cable on the HD800 since RMAF about two months ago, and have not wanted to go back to the stock cable which sounds less detailed and slightly rolled off. Even then, I would pick the HD800 over the RS-1 (stock or re-cabled).
Now, I really like Blutarsky's HP-1000 with SAA Equinox cable installed, which takes them much further than the stock Grado cable ever did. I think they are better than my APS V3 RS-1. And I think the HD800 come close to those, with both driven off the ZDT amp, although they don't sound anything alike. The Equinox cabled HP-1000 have much stronger bass and smoother highs, but the soundstage of the HD800 keeps drawing me back for more.
So yes, the HE-5 and re-cabled HP-1000 surpass my APS V3 cabled RS-1, but none of them can match the soundstage of the HD800 - and for that I can overlook some of their other faults. And, I would still pick the HE-5 over a stock or re-cabled RS-1, and soon I hope to compare them to the Equinox cabled HP-1000 where I think they will be on a similar level of performance!
I say this knowing that I am hurting the re-sale value of my APS V3 RS-1, but I have to be honest about it.