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I've had my HD800s for about a week and have paired them with all my Schiit. I've found very little difference from amp to amp. The H800s sound great on all of them. I have a Schiit Mjolnir  and Cavalli Liquid Carbon on order to try the HD800s balanced, but I doubt I'll hear much of a difference there either.

 

As always YMMV.:L3000: 

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Very little Differences in A/B direct testing can become  Nirvana or inferno after weeks/month. IME long time listenings are more revealing.  Just my experience. 

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Don't misunderstand, I really liked the HD800. It clearly is the better phone.  If I was wealthier, I'd have kept them in a heartbeat.  They just didn't sound $800 or whatever better than my HE500 at this time in my system.  I may go WA22 & sometime in the future try out the HD800 again.

 

The law of dimension returns may be at play in my system to my ears/budget between the HE-500 & HD800.   

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Very little Differences in A/B direct testing can become  Nirvana or inferno after weeks/month. IME long time listenings are more revealing.  Just my experience. 

This is my credo for evaluating new equipment.

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Very little Differences in A/B direct testing can become  Nirvana or inferno after weeks/month. IME long time listenings are more revealing.  Just my experience. 

I feel that I'm in tune with my senses and can tell what I'm listening to, Should I need a a long time to convince myself otherwise, then something could be wrong with the human.

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I hear the same equipment sound so drastically different at different times, I don't trust long term impressions as much as a/b testing. Although I DO feel that you can find out the true capability of a phone only after spending at least a couple weeks with it to truly become familiar with it. After I become very familiar with it I trust a/b comparisons because all variables (including my brain and ears) are all equal. so I guesse I'm saying long term evaluations are best and essential to truly understand a headphone, but in comparisons a/b is best if you have spent sufficient time with each phone to truly know and identify what you are hearing.
Edited by kernel8888 - 4/19/15 at 3:19pm
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I hear the same equipment sound so drastically different at different times, I don't trust long term impressions as much as a/b testing. Although I DO feel that you can find out the true capability of a phone only after spending at least a couple weeks with it to truly become familiar with it. After I become very familiar with it I trust a/b comparisons because all variables (including my brain and ears) are all equal. so I guesse I'm saying long term evaluations are best and essential to truly understand a headphone, but in comparisons a/b is best if you have spent sufficient time with each phone.

But Master Po says be one with your senses. If he only knew that Grasshopper ended up hanging in a closet in Bangkok trying to be one with his senses. I avoid closets.


Edited by StanD - 4/19/15 at 3:23pm
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I don't think the HD-800 is better than the HE-500 by 800 either, and honestly I think to my ears the HE-500 is better suited for my tastes, I felt that it was smoother with a more natural tonality and had deeper and more textured bass. Although the HD800 had superior resolution, treble extension and was more articulate with better soundstage.

It really depends on what you are looking for.

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