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.
You are welcome! haha