Originally Posted by project86
My review of the HP-800: http://www.head-fi.org/products/nuforce-hp-800/reviews/8403
I've been avoiding the other reviews around here like the plague (especially you Armaegis!) so I wouldn't be swayed by your opinions. Now that mine is up, I look at yours and find some very similar thoughts going on. That's kind of cool - I though I might have been crazy for a moment there. But these are actually pretty darn good $150 headphones.
Originally Posted by Armaegis
Wow, no kidding... you must have been stalking me this time
Geez, not only are our observations mostly the same, even the order in which we presented them is similar.
I really enjoy these as well and both of your reviews were on the money. I ultimately returned them with mixed feelings. I find most headphones have a dealbreaker for me. The dealbreaker of the HP-800 is that I wanted a bass cannon for high volume listening which would seem to go together. Yet, there was too much distortion at high volume. For me, low volume listening would include artists like Norah Jones or Jewel where I have no need for a bass cannon. However, when I am in the mood for Pitbull, David Guetta, or Rihanna, I want to create that loud, boomy club experience in my head. The HP-800 does the boomy part as well as any headphone I ever heard, but they missed the mark on the loud. If they could produce a "flagship" version of this headphone with the same bass, but higher sensitivity and SPL (and a better headband design) they could easily charge $300 and I would be first in line.