At this moment I have the Black widow. I bought it based on the general consensus that the Sennheiser HD800 needs a copper cable. Well, in my system this is not the case. I think that it also depends on your reference. For instance, my other headphone is the AKG K1000. That phone has a less extended bass than the Sennheiser. As such, the focus is more on midrange and treble. To address this 'leanness' i have equipment that is already on the warm side, to get the max. out of the AKG K1000. The treble of the Sennheiser is smoother than the treble of the AKG K1000. Some will disagree, but that is what I hear. The combination of more bass and a smoother treble of the Sennheiser HD800 compared to the AKG K1000, means there is no real need to warm things up. At this moment I am experimenting with tubes to get that extra clarity out of the Sennheiser HD800.
I use a speaker amplifier and I do not have a headphone amplifier. As such I never heard the stock cable of the HD800. My only reference is the black widow. Most of you compare the silver widow to the stock cable, that makes it hard for me to find out what the silver widow brings to the table compared to the black widow. Maybe if you compare the black widow to the stock cable you get similar improvements as mentioned with the silver cable. That is why I would like to know whether some of you really have compared both the black widow and the silver widow preferably with the Sennheiser HD800. Not trying to offense anyone, but spare me the standard silver versus copper sound advice. I am well aware of that. I am only interested in a real comparison between the black widow and the silver widow. I have already spend quite a lot of money on a cable, I am willing to take another plunge with the silver widow, but only if i get a good idea of the differences i can expect changing form a black widow to a silver widow from someone who really compared them....Thank you.
I understand your concern. I own two HD800s and one of them is now using 18AWG Scorpion which I think has very similar sonic quailty as BW. As I said before I also think HD800 should pair better with pure copper cables and thus I placed my order with Frank a BW for my other HD800 (which is now using Oyaide PCOCC-A cable). However having seen many GOOD comments here and Frank also said SW copes with HD800 very well I eventually changed my order from a BW to a SW. As I have two HD800s when the SW arrives I can make a A/B test between the 18AWG Scorpion and the SW. I will post something about the test result when I have done the comparison.
Edited by inter voice - 7/4/13 at 1:13am