Originally Posted by Bilavideo
I recently purchased an HD800, which is wonderful. I like the stock cable that came with the headphone but the length is overkill. I don't need six feet of cable. I need maybe half that. I'd like to get a high-quality cable but something short and relatively lightweight. Any suggestions?
The usual one: Cut it to half the length and solder a Neutrik or Furutech plug onto it. That's what I've done, and it even resulted in a slight sonic improvement.
The stock cable really isn't bad – no need to replace it, unlike with the HD 580/600/650 –, but my two other cables offer specific sonic advantages nonetheless. Soon after the Clone, which is often recommended here, I ordered the Silver Dragon, because the Clone was a tiny bit too dull for my taste. Apart from that soundstage and imaging were better. The Silver Dragon even topped it in this respect and additionally had a treble-friendlier sonic balance. But that's with a slightly modded
HD 800 tuned for lower internal reflections and sibilance, so it may not necessarily be a universally valid recommendation. I can imagine the Clone to be a better choice for the original HD 800.
Originally Posted by superchan
about the HD 800 should the internal cable also be replaced or not ?? for a balanced config ??