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post #3931 of 5070

i wonder when we will see another flagship headphone? 

post #3932 of 5070

You mean biggrin.gif outside the Buy-Sell-Trade Forum? Just funnin', magiccabage. But seriously, soon, as it is summer on our doorstep. And the year-end holidays need a lead time.

post #3933 of 5070

Hello everybody,

 

I have tried my Eddie Current Super 7 with the Woo WEE connected to the Sennheiser HE60. 

Comparing to my KGSS and SRM600 the soundstage is larger, more natural and organic sound, more foot tapping. The HE60 sounds very close to the HD800 in terms of soundstage but it seems more natural.

post #3934 of 5070

I just want to say thank you for aiding one of the most financially irresponsible decisions I've made recently - purchasing the HD800. This article helped me justify the purchase, as a lot of these models have so many varying opinions and some (Orpheus, K1000), I was unaware of...anything better than the HD800 was out of production and the Stax SR-009 is way too expensive, plus electrostats can't be used with my portable headphone amp. There is also Hifiman, but I have a something of a distrust of Hifiman products (made-in-China related, plus I have heard about the build issues...Sennheisers are built like tanks!) and I highly favor analytical or neutral sound.

 

I have heard the Momentums and HD650 with general displeasure on both (veil-related), so it was nice to read about a Senn that didn't have this issue. So far, I am in agreement about the neutrality of the HD800 and that is what lead me to purchase them after my audition. The tracking of the individual layers is gorgeous and the soundstage is amazing. Anytime I am not hearing everything in a recording is because I wasn't paying close enough attention, I can't blame the headphone. Also, I do not find the treble to be an issue with my current setups...Only 1 or 2 tracks I've heard and it was related to the cymbals (the recording itself was unnaturally bright).

 

Despite the price, I have no buyers remorse at all, as I now have both a fantastic sounding and honest headphone and likely, it will be my last headphone that I ever need to purchase. That is peace of mind right there. Plus, I do not have to save for years and years to afford an electrostatic set-up. Now my next buyers-remorse related purchase will likely be an amplifier upgrade for the HD800.

post #3935 of 5070
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post

I just want to say thank you for aiding one of the most financially irresponsible decisions I've made recently - purchasing the HD800.

 

Ha! I thought this was going to be a spray against certain posters in this thread. I was looking forward to some fireworks. Kind of disappointing really. tongue.gif

post #3936 of 5070
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post

I just want to say thank you for aiding one of the most financially irresponsible decisions I've made recently - purchasing the HD800.

It may be a host of things. but to the true audiophile it could never be construed as irresponsible..

post #3937 of 5070

Let's just say, the timing wasn't ideal...but I figure better to pull the trigger after the audition than to wait a couple months for my funds to replenish from my last couple purchases. Now I can use this great sound to help me dream of ways of saving up more $$$. wink_face.gif

 

I also didn't think it would be a Sennheiser that made me pull the trigger either. Personal surprise there.

 

And tbh pp312, I haven't even read the other 260+ pages of this thread. I imagine not everyone will agree with everything in the main article, but for relative newbs like myself with limited headphone exposure, it's a great starting point for information. I found the comments very neutral and unbiased. Just like the HD800.

post #3938 of 5070

If no one's said it yet... welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet tongue.gif

post #3939 of 5070

+1

post #3940 of 5070
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+1

Actually +8,000 (at last count) biggrin.gif

post #3941 of 5070
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post

And tbh pp312, I haven't even read the other 260+ pages of this thread.

 

Well I think that's just disgraceful. You should hang your head in shame.  biggrin.gif

post #3942 of 5070
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post

Let's just say, the timing wasn't ideal...but I figure better to pull the trigger after the audition than to wait a couple months for my funds to replenish from my last couple purchases. Now I can use this great sound to help me dream of ways of saving up more $$$. wink_face.gif

 

I also didn't think it would be a Sennheiser that made me pull the trigger either. Personal surprise there.

 

And tbh pp312, I haven't even read the other 260+ pages of this thread. I imagine not everyone will agree with everything in the main article, but for relative newbs like myself with limited headphone exposure, it's a great starting point for information. I found the comments very neutral and unbiased. Just like the HD800.


Hehe. It's fine that you have not read those pages yet. Because purchasing headphones is just a gradual yet unending process. :p

post #3943 of 5070
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

If no one's said it yet... welcome to head-fi, sorry about your wallet tongue.gif

+1, and if this is your starting point, well...heh, better do a lot of dreaming up ways to save $$ and then let the rest of us know what worked and what didn't. beerchug.gif

post #3944 of 5070

Well, I'm not new by any means, but I'm new to cans and their history. I've been an IEM user for a long time. My favorite IEM's are the TWKS ones (Brainwavz B2 mostly, though I used Atrios for the longest time), so I favor neutrality/analytical sound  and a larger soundstage over a so-called "fun" sound signature. I suspect my higher frequency hearing  has been damaged or lost, so brightness doesn't tend to irritate me the way it does some people (and most bass-heavy or laid back signatures, I find boring)

 

So right now, I'm at four cans: Grado SR-80 (my favorite Grado and my first decent headphone...I have not liked Grados at all as I've moved up the line. PS500 was okay, but was basically just SR-80 with more bass to me, which isn't worth a $600 upgrade), Denon AHD2000 (was going to sell these due to listening fatigue, but they are the only closed back headphones I have, so I might start using them in the office), Audio Technica AD2000x (bought about a month ago...easy to drive from my portable amp set-up -Leckerton 6 UHA-, lovely midrange, great for rock music!) and now the HD800 (admittedly, I had been eyeing the Q701 for awhile, but the HD800 sounded like a higher end version of it, as it did highs and soundstage without sacrificing midrange, low end or imaging, plus I just found it way more exciting overall). Right now, I'm using my SR-80's for computer listening (youtube, videos, etc), AD2000x for "fun" listening and the HD800 for more serious listening (it's pretty intense to listen to...not fatiguing, but I'm not used to my ears taking in so much detail!)

 

The Leckerton does drive the HD800 pretty good, but they sound better either straight out of my vintage receiver or out of my Marantz SACD8004 headphone jack, which has a built-in headphone amplifier. So next wallet breaker will likely be a higher end amp.


Edited by GoldfishX - 6/16/13 at 11:15am
post #3945 of 5070
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post

The Leckerton does drive the HD800 pretty good, but they sound better either straight out of my vintage receiver or out of my Marantz SACD8004 headphone jack, which has a built-in headphone amplifier. So next wallet breaker will likely be a higher end amp.

Vintage receivers work wonders with the HD800's and those old Kenwoods have great headphone ouputs. Its a power thing, and the high impedance of those old machines. If I were you, I'd look to get a good dac to match up with your receiver instead of spending loads on trying different headphone amps. 

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