Hmm, interesting, I've been a fan of HD800s for over two years, and I have to admit that I hadn't heard the T1 when I was having the HD800s. I had 2 pairs of HD800s, one has the early and one has the late serial number ( 2xxxx ) . Just recently, I bought a T1 from buydig too ( with $740, a bit more than the discount price now ). When I heard the T1 with my Bottlehead Crack for the 1st time, I nearly couldn't believe my ears, the T1 was better in many genres than the HD800s ( except for classical ), especially the midrange. I sold one of my HD800s right away.
So I guess maybe the HD800s are more superior in terms of 'accuracy' and 'technical factor', but I've never had the same feeling when I listened to vocals with the HD800s as I had with the T1s. I don't care if this headphone has a more balanced FR, it has a bigger soundstage or it provides a more 'accurate' sound, the only thing I care is how I feel about the music. We're all here, sharing experiences to each other on our passion, the love for 'music', NOT 'sound'. As long as I enjoy and have a good time listening to music, everything else doesn't matter to me. In that region, the T1s, IMHO, actually do a better job than the HD800s.
I'm not saying the T1s sound 'better' than the HD800s, they just match my 'taste' perfectly and give me the enjoyment I've never had with the HD800s.
Well said ! This is pretty much the way I feel with the T1s . They just make listening to music a pleasure. The HD 800s are technically magnificent, but this is both a strength and a weakness, especially concerning the conveyance of emotional content in music!. I like them and the Audeze lcd-x, but I find myself gravitating back to the T1s quite frequently!