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post #1276 of 1792
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post

Just a quick discovery I... discovered... over the weekend. The HD 700 has done the unthinkable in that is has made me appreciate my HD 600. I'm a big fan of quick and aggressive signatures. This is why I'm in love with my HD 700, but I found myself wanting some slight contrast on some tracks. Out came the HD 600 which hasn't been pulled out in some time, mostly because I didn't have a need for such a boring signature. In fact, the only reason I owned it is because the HD 600 is pretty much a base line and reference point for everyone in this community. Well, I was wrong. Wrong to the point that I'm even considering a purchase of the dark HD 650 to compliment the bright HD 700.

Congrats HD 700! Not only have you made me love you, but you've made me repair my broken relationship with other cans.

This made me lol. I couldn't go back to the dark sound of th HD650 I previously owned but am considering the HD800. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1277 of 1792
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Just a quick discovery I... discovered... over the weekend. The HD 700 has done the unthinkable in that is has made me appreciate my HD 600. I'm a big fan of quick and aggressive signatures. This is why I'm in love with my HD 700, but I found myself wanting some slight contrast on some tracks. Out came the HD 600 which hasn't been pulled out in some time, mostly because I didn't have a need for such a boring signature. In fact, the only reason I owned it is because the HD 600 is pretty much a base line and reference point for everyone in this community. Well, I was wrong. Wrong to the point that I'm even considering a purchase of the dark HD 650 to compliment the bright HD 700.

 

Congrats HD 700! Not only have you made me love you, but you've made me repair my broken relationship with other cans.

That's what I did. :beerchug:

post #1278 of 1792
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post

That's what I did. beerchug.gif

Do you also own the 800? If so is it worth the upgrade? Can you tell me what you think? Curious to know from someone that owns both. Thanks.
post #1279 of 1792
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Originally Posted by pdrm360 View Post
 

That's what I did. :beerchug:

Honestly, I thought I was going crazy last night because I've been so critical of the HD 650 for so long in this community and here I am eating my words.

post #1280 of 1792
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post


Do you also own the 800? If so is it worth the upgrade? Can you tell me what you think? Curious to know from someone that owns both. Thanks.

 

IMHO, don’t look at something else when you enjoy of your HD700, unless you feel the HD700 isn't the 90% of what you want. 

post #1281 of 1792
PDRM360 I appreciate your input please enlighten me on the difference you get from both, please.
post #1282 of 1792

For me I was not satisfied with the HD700 because of the lack of refinement and a general sense of graininess when I compared to other headphones like T90 or HE-500. Had the HD700 been on par with those in refinement, I think I would have been satisfied. Now that I have the HD800, I'm actually trying to use a combination of tube amps to get to that warmer sound signature of the HD700, but keep the technical superiorities of the HD800.

post #1283 of 1792
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For me I was not satisfied with the HD700 because of the lack of refinement and a general sense of graininess when I compared to other headphones like T90 or HE-500. Had the HD700 been on par with those in refinement, I think I would have been satisfied. Now that I have the HD800, I'm actually trying to use a combination of tube amps to get to that warmer sound signature of the HD700, but keep the technical superiorities of the HD800.
I would understand now what you'd say that. I tried the 700s/800s in direct AB Saturday and I still prefer the sound sig of the 700s, aside from the simbilance, but that's a trade off, as it sounds more exciting. The bass also kills the 800s for me. If it makes sense, things POP with the 700s and that's something I haven't found on any other phone. That being said, the 800 is technically superior, it's soundstage is bigger, it is more refined, and the
arguably "more exciting" sound signature of the 700s are things you can TRY to emulate the 700s with a perfect amp matching or EQ on the 800s (to some extent). I'm actually a bigger fan of the 700s smaller form factor than the 800s, but I know people who disagree. All in all, very happy with the 700s, and I'd still buy it over the 800s, but I could see why most would go with the 800s money permitting.
Edited by Jon-LF - 1/27/14 at 5:48pm
post #1284 of 1792
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post
 

Just a quick discovery I... discovered... over the weekend. The HD 700 has done the unthinkable in that is has made me appreciate my HD 600. I'm a big fan of quick and aggressive signatures. This is why I'm in love with my HD 700, but I found myself wanting some slight contrast on some tracks. Out came the HD 600 which hasn't been pulled out in some time, mostly because I didn't have a need for such a boring signature. In fact, the only reason I owned it is because the HD 600 is pretty much a base line and reference point for everyone in this community. Well, I was wrong. Wrong to the point that I'm even considering a purchase of the dark HD 650 to compliment the bright HD 700.

 

Congrats HD 700! Not only have you made me love you, but you've made me repair my broken relationship with other cans.


I hear you Roguegeek! I still love my HD580 and HD650. I learned several years ago not to marry myself to one sound signature, and thus I keep a bevy of headphones at my disposal. I always find treble-strong headphones fatiguing for marathon sessions, so I really appreciate the older Sennheiser line-up for those days I'm tempted to push my listening-pleasure beyond the limits of prudence. Besides, I'm rather mercurial when it comes to headphones, and having the right sound-signature to pacify the corresponding mood is invaluable to me. My wife doesn't buy this line of reasoning though; from  time to time, she'll demand an explanation for my burgeoning headphone collection, and every time, I'll re-explain the situation.  But she just says, "Hog-wash" and then accuses me of being a "headphone hoarder."  There may be a little truth to that accusation, but I won't give her the satisfaction of knowing that :biggrin: 

post #1285 of 1792

There's one thing I wonder about the HD700 though. I wonder if the research and effort they put into the HD700 was on par with the development of the HD800. Because the HD700 was never intended to be a flagship, I wonder if they even went as far as purposely gimping it in some ways so it does not compete with the HD800. I know manufacturers have been known to do this to set up proper price points and Sennheiser is even guilty of it themselves with the HD555/595, in which the HD555 is just the HD595 with a foam stuck on the vents to muffle up the sound. And some say the Beyerdynamic T90 was purposely tuned to have that treble peak to differentiate it from the T1, which does not have the treble issues. This is why I'd prefer to buy anything that was intended a flagship at some point, knowing they tried to make it as best as they could at the time.


Edited by Sonido - 1/27/14 at 5:57pm
post #1286 of 1792

Just another view of the HD700, HE500 and HD800 journey.

I thought I was pretty much done when I had the HD700 and then acquired the HE500.  I spent a lot of time with tubes perfecting my HD700 system and found the magic with the Bifrost Uber/Lyr with Amperex Orange Globes.  Enough so that I tracked down another par of OG's but they were not the same signature.  I really loved the combo.  Thought I needed another HP so I got the HE500.  Bad move on my part.  No matter how much I wanted to really like the HE500 and after tons of break in, the HD700 was getting 95% of my head time.  Deeper and more extended bass, better mids and nice sparkling highs without the harshness. The OG's I had did the trick.

 

I tried the HD800 on may occasions and they were not for me.. until at the last Toronto HeadFi meet when I got a change to try the HD800 on my particular setup.  The step up was as much the difference between the HE500 to HD700.. again, deeper and tighter bass, liquid mids that were to die for and a smooth extended treble with tons of air and space.  Everything from Sinatra, Patricia Barber, Enigma to Lindsey Stirling and Deadmou5 was that much better.  My HD700 and HE500 went up for sale the next day to fund the HD800. (I also really, really liked the HE6 but that was another story)

 

I'm thrilled with the HD800 and like Sonido, I'm working on that magic combo to take the HD800 to another level.

I've said it many times before.. I should have stopped with the HD700 and my magic BF/Lyr/OG combo.. but then there's HeadFi :veryevil:

Just my story, YMMV.

post #1287 of 1792

I had a chance to try the Audeze LCD 2, LCD X, and LCD 3 at the last meet I was at.  The LCD X blew me away.  Why does it have to be $1600.... it would compliment my HD700's so nicely.

post #1288 of 1792

I'm dying to try the LCD X and its supposed to have great synergy with my Naim. Sorry for our wallets.

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post #1289 of 1792
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post
 

Just another view of the HD700, HE500 and HD800 journey.

I thought I was pretty much done when I had the HD700 and then acquired the HE500.  I spent a lot of time with tubes perfecting my HD700 system and found the magic with the Bifrost Uber/Lyr with Amperex Orange Globes.  Enough so that I tracked down another par of OG's but they were not the same signature.  I really loved the combo.  Thought I needed another HP so I got the HE500.  Bad move on my part.  No matter how much I wanted to really like the HE500 and after tons of break in, the HD700 was getting 95% of my head time.  Deeper and more extended bass, better mids and nice sparkling highs without the harshness. The OG's I had did the trick.

 

I tried the HD800 on may occasions and they were not for me.. until at the last Toronto HeadFi meet when I got a change to try the HD800 on my particular setup.  The step up was as much the difference between the HE500 to HD700.. again, deeper and tighter bass, liquid mids that were to die for and a smooth extended treble with tons of air and space.  Everything from Sinatra, Patricia Barber, Enigma to Lindsey Stirling and Deadmou5 was that much better.  My HD700 and HE500 went up for sale the next day to fund the HD800. (I also really, really liked the HE6 but that was another story)

 

I'm thrilled with the HD800 and like Sonido, I'm working on that magic combo to take the HD800 to another level.

I've said it many times before.. I should have stopped with the HD700 and my magic BF/Lyr/OG combo.. but then there's HeadFi :veryevil:

Just my story, YMMV.

Did the Biforst/Lyr pair you have got rid of the harshness of HD700 in the highs? I am currently using Bottlehead Crack+Modi and I want to do some upgrade to recess a touch of that harshness in the HD700, any tubes that might help as well? :)

post #1290 of 1792

I'm really trying not to buy the RSA Raptor tube amp/power supply combo.  I love my portable RSA amps, and bet this would sound killer paired with the HD700.  However, I have yet to come across anyone that uses one.

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