Just in case if anyone is interested to know. If anyone finds the HD800s to be cold, sterile and analytical, failing to invoke enjoyment or satisfaction in the listening experience, have a look at the JVC S500s if you are looking for a cheap portable design that doesn't require amplification. Although the JVC S500s are not circumaural but on-ear, I find these to provide more musical enjoyment than the HD800s, more musical and organic sounding and doesn't exhibit the excessive leanness and detail of the HD800s which may leave some feeling a bit uhmm, cold. That just goes on to show that price doesn't necessarily equate to "better" sound, whatever that means.
Do give the S500s a try. You may be surprised how much sound you are getting for just $50-60. There is very little nit-picking on these phones which are really balanced sounding, musical, versatile, fun(and cheap). Although these headphones are portable designs, they are equally fine when used in the comfort of one's home. I don't really need the portability and usually listen to these headphones at home 95% of the time.
Similar thread posted on the Full Headphone forum here : http://www.head-fi.org/t/645028/i-prefer-the-60-jvc-s500-more-than-the-1499-sennheiser-hd800