Originally Posted by Salvatore
Why go for HD700? Can't you get second hand 800s for almost the same price. And they should be far superior according to multiple reviews. I have always wonderer why they even made those 700s? More affordable and inferior 800s... problem is they aren't even that much cheaper that I'd ever consider to get them for myself. I've always loved 800s and if I ever upgrade from annies they are probably going to be 800s. In Finland the 700s retail for 795 euros and 800s for 999 euros. In top of that I can pick up used 800s for 700 euros from Finnish hifi forums.
He mentioned being able to get them for $729, that's nearly a 30% discount from new. I haven't been able to find any used HD 800's go for that low; and trust me, I looked hard before I got my pair. Even a super beat-up, dinged, dirty pair of those with no original packaging went for over $950 on ebay!
Edited by oblique63 - 2/10/13 at 11:41pm
So even though I own a pair of HD 800's, I still think the HD700's are nice cans, they're just unreasonably priced normally. If they went for about $750 regularly, then they would be a great deal, but at $1k? I'd agree that It'd be better to just go for the 800's. The soundstage and imaging on the HD 700's is still really good, and it's some of the best you can get in the sub-$1000 price range, but it does fall noticeably short of the epic soundstage that the HD 800's have. Basically, the HD 700's are like sitting in a nice hifi apartment home theater setup, whereas the HD 800's are like being in front of a real pro studio setup. When I first heard the HD 700's (before I tried the 800's), they were really impressive, and the coloration of the sound was actually kind of nice and very reminiscent of other sennheiser phones. But, I didn't feel that they justified the $1000 price tag. Fast forward to when I demoed the HD 800's, and my jaw immediately dropped. They were absurdly neutral, and the soundstage was out of this world. In less than 20mins of listening to them, their price tag was immediately justified.
So yeah, the HD 700's are a good can, sennheiser just screwed the pooch with the pricing and cursed them with 'little-brother syndrome'. For ~$700 though, they're a good deal.