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The 990 velour for me sound like the HE-500 pleather pads. Voodoo time? biggrin.gif

 

The difference in experiences could be attributed to the source/amp. Right now I'm driving the HE-500 with a Magni, but I have a Lyr on the way. Won't get here until next Wednesday frown.gif

post #4262 of 14628
Using my Xonar Essence STX, I dont think its the Soundcard. Maybe I'm not in the right mood for music, today.

Is it even possible that the foam would made a difference?
post #4263 of 14628
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

A bit of both. The HE-500 initially does go through burn in. I initially had a used burned in HE-500 and then I got a replacement HE-500 which sounded terrible out of the box compared to the old HE-500. It was quite bad, so I let it burn in for 40 ish hours and the previous sound was pretty much back. Also, your brain does need time to adjust to the presentation of that particular headphone. Regarding the warm up period after a break, I am not sure if it does help or not, although on some days I noticed it helped to have it playing for a while. Now I usually turn on the amp and DACs suppose 20 mins before I know I am going to listen to it. This is required with tubes, although I do it with my solid state as well. I have no evidence for this, but it's just those one of those things I do to keep the bug out of my head. Similarly, I always plug out my headphones first and then turn off the amps - even with amps claiming fast shutoff relay. It's just a good habit to have IMO, I do the same thing with cars in winter time. 

+1 i agree with this...i do the same with my rig. Its gotten a habit now.
post #4264 of 14628
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20,000 HD800. Wow, Sennheiser's getting paid. Not to mention their crap load of other products. How do people find the HD800 with solid state gear? I have heard mixed opinions on this.

I only heard the hd800 on only 2 amps for at least an hour....the v200 from violectric and my darkvoice 337...the first amp made the hd800 sing like an angel..on contrary the hd800 sounded downright terrible on my 337.

Actually The previous owner of my 337 sold it to me because he bought a hd800..as he hated how it sounded with his new hd800..he told me he bought the 337 for his hd650 with which it paired perfectly...i agree with that also.

he told me he bought a custommade bada amp (hybrid? Never heard of that brand before) to pair with his new hd800..
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20,000 HD800. Wow, Sennheiser's getting paid. Not to mention their crap load of other products. How do people find the HD800 with solid state gear? I have heard mixed opinions on this.

 

The HD800s with the GS-X mk2 is a pretty good match.  Down right good.

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Last night I dreamed about listening to HD800s on a mysterious amp that displayed the real time compensated FR, and it pushed down the treble 3dB and pushed up the shelf of bass~lower mids up 5 dB, and it was glorious. I then switched to my HE500s in my dream and they sounded fake in comparison.

 

Not sure what this dream is trying to tell me.

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Last night I dreamed about listening to HD800s on a mysterious amp that displayed the real time compensated FR, and it pushed down the treble 3dB and pushed up the shelf of bass~lower mids up 5 dB, and it was glorious. I then switched to my HE500s in my dream and they sounded fake in comparison.

 

Not sure what this dream is trying to tell me.

What would be really cool, would be a personal eq taking the perceived CSD into consideration. Then eq for a perfectly flat CSD. I'm gonna dream about that tonight.

In theory it should be possible

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I stand corrected. wink_face.gif

 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

+1.

 

HE-500 = super 600, and LCD-2 = super 650

 

 

post #4269 of 14628
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

What would be really cool, would be a personal eq taking the perceived CSD into consideration. Then eq for a perfectly flat CSD. I'm gonna dream about that tonight.

In theory it should be possible

You can't EQ to compensate for the decay portion of CSDs lol, just the FR portion. Then again for something that decays extremely uniformly and cleanly (e.g. HE500 or HD800) without any ringing ridges the two are equivalent for EQ purposes.

 

From personal EQ experience though, I can say EQing out a perfectly flat EQ makes the sound boring as hell; on a micro-scale (e.g. correcting peaks and valleys) EQ can be extremely potent, but on a macro scale (bass-midrange balance, etc) it really comes down to subjective to-ear preference more than anything.


Edited by jerg - 4/11/13 at 2:19pm
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

HE-500 = super 600, and LCD-2 = super 650

 

Brillant. This is the reason why I went with HE500's instead of the LCD2's... I already have a dark headphone ala HD650.

 

The biggest thing I can say about the HE-500 is the clarity with which I can hear the texture and timbre of all the instruments.

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

20,000 HD800. Wow, Sennheiser's getting paid. Not to mention their crap load of other products. How do people find the HD800 with solid state gear? I have heard mixed opinions on this.

 

depends on the solid state, generally it only sounds good on upper tier stuff like headamp, v200, beta 22, soloist, etc.

only SS i've heard HD 800 with is the BCL, and i hated it. 

 

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Originally Posted by Stalker81598 View Post

 

The difference in experiences could be attributed to the source/amp. Right now I'm driving the HE-500 with a Magni, but I have a Lyr on the way. Won't get here until next Wednesday frown.gif

 

should be a nice improvement over the magni. ive only used my HE-500 out of the WA6-SE. 

post #4272 of 14628
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Last night I dreamed about listening to HD800s on a mysterious amp that displayed the real time compensated FR, and it pushed down the treble 3dB and pushed up the shelf of bass~lower mids up 5 dB, and it was glorious. I then switched to my HE500s in my dream and they sounded fake in comparison.

 

Not sure what this dream is trying to tell me.


That you are addicted to headphones, and now they have become an addiction that threatens to control every instance of your life, your subconscious is reaching out to you in a futile effort to rescue you from your doomed fate. Nah, just kidding your dream is just saying you need MORE headphones.

post #4273 of 14628
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

depends on the solid state, generally it only sounds good on upper tier stuff like headamp, v200, beta 22, soloist, etc.

only SS i've heard HD 800 with is the BCL, and i hated it. 

 

Any amps under say $200-$500 (tubes, solid state, hybrid or whatever) that go well with HD800. Are these hard to drive in general?

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they are Hardish to drive, quite a bit harder than my now sold HD650's

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

The HD800s with the GS-X mk2 is a pretty good match.  Down right good.

 

Hmmm, I'll keep that in mind for later. Goes for around $700. Know any other amps, maybe cheaper that work well. Also I'm guessing that speaker amps like Emotiva is probably a no go?

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