Rust nice write up and I tend to agree with your assessment. Both excellent headphones and the hd800 soundstage is the best of any headphone and for classical music there is none I have heard betterIMO. I also like the lcd 2.2 especially for female recordings. I do not find my hd800 sibilant at all but the LCD2.2 is more like what I hear in small jazz clubs especially with female jazz or folk vocalist. Excellent assessment
Yes, vocals in general... and especially female vocals... are significantly more natural with LCD-2.2... But I am simply amazed by the spatial rendering I am getting with HD800. It's unbelievable how good it works. I don't need TB Isone or crossfeed anymore!
My thoughts exactly . Glad you liked them.
Also, since I wouldn't really consider myself as sensitive to treble at all, I'm a bit surprised your pair didn't bother you straight out of the box. But hey, that's certainly a good thing! Definitely look into the mod that's coming out for it soon either way; should make it more 'natural'/neutral and possibly put its FR on par with the LCD-2's for you.
I expected the worst scenario and was ready to return them back... But, they are incredible out-of-the-box. Don't know, I haven't experience any burn-in thing with my headphones so far.
Mine is #19008 so you have even newer one (not sure if Sennheiser serialise them by date or not but most probably yes)! But yeah, I feel like the bass is surprisingly strong... I have no hesitation to compare it directly with LCD-2's bass which really means something.