Lol that's hilarious! Usually the Green smile for me means the yellow one, but with a creepy infatuation LOL.
I got to hear the HD800 at the Cambridge head-fi meeting but don't know what amp was being used, but IMO the 009 is in a different league. I do drive my 009 with the BHSE and my source is the K-01 so I suppose it's not a fair comparison.
In order to have the headphone system l've got and the two headphone amps l'm getting which are paid for, I've had to make sacrifices on a lot of other things I'd like. But I'm very happy with my headphone set up, though I feel the 009 could be better but I'm not mentioning about the problem I have with it anymore.
When l went to the Cambridge head-fi meeting along with headfier IanG and Andy, l took my 009 + BHSE + iPod. I didn't take my K-01 because not only is it very heavy, but l guess l was apprehensive about what might happen to it. Another reason was because l wanted to show just how good the 009 / BHSE sounded using an iPod. All that listened to that combo were very impressed and a couple that didn't know l was using an iPod, thought l was using an expensive source. While using a source like the K-01 does take SQ to an amazing level, to me with the SQ being very good when using an iPod with the 009/BHSE, proves just how good the BHSE is
P.S. Because this thread is about a comparison between the HD800 / SR-009, l think the only fairer comparison l could do would be between my 009 + BHSE + K-01 and the GS-X when I receive it + the K-01, but because I've no intentions of buying the HD800, I'd have to get hold of one somehow.
IMO, the only Sennheiser that can complete with the SR009 is the HE90. The HD800 is a very good dynamics headphones but will not compete head-on with the SR009. The only thing that the HD800 is superior to the SR009 is the image placement but that's it. The SR009 is just much better in my experience. This conclusion was drawn after I tried the SR009 out of DIY-T2 and I had my HD800 balanced with upgrade cable out Gilmore GS-X for over a year. For more information, check out Innerfidlity.com
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