Just thought I’d post some interesting observations, just sent my Bryston BCD-1 in for a service check, just a little random problem but in the interim hooked up my 14 year old (?) HHB CDR830.
Well the CDR830 may have been respected by some, but it just does not do the HD700 justice.
Only shows that the 700s are fairly revealing of up stream components, the rich analogue sound I was getting from the Bryson is just not there, especially with regards to the bass and upper frequencies so that the sound from the 700s was just ok, sound staging and layering is also affected.
The main reason for posting this is that if for some the HD700 is only coming across as mediocre and strident it may be just be your associated equipment, with Bryston BCD-1 the 700 shine and show a higher end pedigree over the HD6xxs but not so with a lesser source.
My concentrated sojourn last week comparing the HD800s and 700s was fairly revealing and had me returning the 800s only because I knew for me which one would receive the most play-time.
Still haven’t dismissed the 800s and currently looking for a mint used pair as paying full pop, even on sale, doesn’t justify the expenditure for me but being the audio-fool that I am I’d still like to have a pair on hand.