Just as Sennheiser needed to bring out the HD800 after discontinuing the Orpheus systems, huh? And speaking of which:
The first few times I heard the HD800 it was all off some opamp garbage and they sounded terrible. Give them a good amp and they truly shine...
Prior to the HD800 there wasn't a whole lot of choice out there. Never liked the R10 all that much (too bloody colored), the HP1000 is a one trick pony and the comfort is horrible, HD600 is astounding for the price but a bit dull and that was it really. A SR-Lambda or LNS more than holds its own against all of those.
This kind of surprised me, really. The don of the Stax Mafia himself, actually giving praise to a dynamic driver headphone? Now I really have to try the HD800...but what constitutes a good amp for it, anyway?