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Denon AH-D7000 vs Sennheiser HD800

post #1 of 94
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YESS!!!! I can finally afford to buy either the HD800s or the D7000s!!!

I will not able to audition both headphones so if you're explaining something please be as specific as possible. I know that the D7000 delivers a shoulder pounding bass but how does the mids and highs compare to the HD800? I like to listen to rock and pop but I also listen to every other genre. Anyways I can only buy those two because of my location and I cant buy stuff online and because of my parents . Thanks!
post #2 of 94
Bass, contrast, dense sound, electronic music = D7000
Detail, Soundstage, air, space, acoustic music = HD800

Honestly they are almost non comparable, I mean they are soo different, even though I only have or had D5000 and HD650.
post #3 of 94
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So, which one do you prefer? The denons or the sennheisers?
post #4 of 94
Depends on what I am listening, depends on where I am listening and depends what mood I am in, but if I had to choose one from these two, I would choose T1 :P
post #5 of 94
Where do you live that you can't audition them?
post #6 of 94
The musicallity of the D7000 is hard to beat. It has the best representation of visceral bass that I have ever heard.

I think the HD800 is more of a reference level headphone due to its more neutral, airy, and open presentation.

The HD800 is also far more expensive. I got my Denons new for just under $600 while it is hard to find the HD800 under retail.
post #7 of 94
I will take the HD800 over D7000 if I have choose one. The HD800 is picky on amp and kind of hard to drive too. If you don't have a decent amp, D7000 will probably a better route.
post #8 of 94
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Where do you live that you can't audition them?
In a place far, far away where no one could find it.
post #9 of 94
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Originally Posted by jc9394 View Post
I will take the HD800 over D7000 if I have choose one. The HD800 is picky on amp and kind of hard to drive too. If you don't have a decent amp, D7000 will probably a better route.
Will the portable Ibasso P3+ hereon amplifier be able to drive the HD800?
post #10 of 94
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Bass, contrast, dense sound, electronic music = D7000
Detail, Soundstage, air, space, acoustic music = HD800

Honestly they are almost non comparable.
pretty much
post #11 of 94
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Will the portable Ibasso P3+ hereon amplifier be able to drive the HD800?
It can power it but not drive it. I tried HD800 with my Protector SE and Arrow, they can power it but not comparable to my WA6 and that can't compare to beta22 that I audition during a meet. Hence, I try to sell my HA5000 to fund a balanced b22.
post #12 of 94

More importantly

More importantly, what do you prefer?

Fun and bassy or pure, clear and neutral?
post #13 of 94
What is definitely true is that they are different enough that they are two headphones that make really good stable mates - so I recommend to buy both
post #14 of 94
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Originally Posted by beamthegreat View Post
So, which one do you prefer? The denons or the sennheisers?
You're not going to get a straight up answer on this from anybody who has heard both. They are COMPLETELY different headphones, and different people will prefer one or the other. There is no "right" answer to this question.

From a purely technical standpoint, the HD800s far exceed the D7000s, but they also require a setup of $1500 at the minimum not including your headphones to sound anywhere near your potential (that's an estimate price, not a fact), whereas the D7000s sound good out of just about anything.

The HD800s are far more analytical and neutral than the D7000s, and due to this are bad for poor recordings unless you like listening to every flaw in the recording.

Generally, for rock/pop/electronic/most blues the D7000s would be my choice in a second, but for anything that benefits from a good soundstage/detail retrieval/neutrality the HD800s would be my choice (classical, jazz, acoustic, Pink Floyd/Radiohead/other prog rock bands).

Have you considered the T1? It is pretty much the closest to the middle of the road between these two cans you'll find and apparently performs well with just about anything. It's a little warm of neutral, but still very neutral, with a large soundstage, although not on HD800 level, has fantastic detail retrieval, and is very musical.

It's also the middle of the road in price.
post #15 of 94
i think i can put it this way
if u play CD player then you can use HD800
if u store music in computer then you can use D7000
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