Originally Posted by MattTCG
There's just no way that I'd make that kind of blind leap without a weeks audition first. I just can't seem to find anyone who'll swap hp's with me for a week.
I spent a week with them, at first listen I was wondering why anyone in their right mind would like them, was very cold and sterile sounding to my ears (almost too accurate), but yet I was drawn to them for some reason, by day three I was loving what I heard. The sound absolutely comes from the front and back of you rather then the sides . The bass is accurate, tight and controlled, nothing I own comes close to them in that respect. The sound stage was massive. The highs were a bit cold and sterile to my ears, but I just came off an Lcd-2 kick for like two months.
I did not have that moment of chills when a good vocal comes in the way the 650/Lcd-2 hits me every so often, but I definitely liked them a bunch and almost pulled off a major trade(lots of my collection) for them. I am glad he changed his mind, once I got back the loaned Lcd-2 it was like seeing an old friend, I missed the warmth and intimacy of the vocals and the(maybe a tad inaccurate) bass and mids.
No other head phone I have ever owned/heard has the precision of presentation that I heard while auditioning the HD800, but like I said I did not have that "moment where the hairs stand up" that I get from some of my other cans.