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Just ordered HD800 from below

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SALE-BRAND-NEW-SENNHEISER-HD800-HD-800-DYNMIC-OPEN-BACK-STEREO-HEADPHONE-/221363074087?pt=AU_headphone&hash=item338a447427

 

Additional usd60 for customs and usd 50 in S&H still in total below usd1200 seems to be decent deal...

 

only "need" the Taurus and Vega + balanced cable on I would be good to go for a while.....:L3000: 

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Originally Posted by Widell View Post
 


Just ordered HD800 from below

 

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SALE-BRAND-NEW-SENNHEISER-HD800-HD-800-DYNMIC-OPEN-BACK-STEREO-HEADPHONE-/221363074087?pt=AU_headphone&hash=item338a447427

 

Additional usd60 for customs and usd 50 in S&H still in total below usd1200 seems to be decent deal...

 

only "need" the Taurus and Vega + balanced cable on I would be good to go for a while.....:L3000: 

That is an excellent price! I am surprised the Senn police haven't cut their throats. Rarely seen a better bargain.

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Me too, that is why my Credit card is smoking....:D just could not let it pass...

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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

I have heard the Keff R500 through a Nice Rotel amp (my friend owns this system) and don't think it compares to even my WA2/HD800. Most people will disagree with me here but i think you have to scale much higher in a HIfi system with a treated room to compare to a good HD800 rig. 

 

All of this crap about MidFi speaker setups are much better than HD800 rigs are exactly that - crap. I just will not agree on this. I have heard the Keff R500 for long listening sessions many many times and my HD800 rig kicks its ass (IMO). 

I agree to a point and wanted to add some:

 

I get to this argument with my friends a lot and it seems for some the speaker presentation is a must.

Most problems with speakers above mid-fi are from room effects. Even top tier speakers (save for some dipole designs perhaps, which i have yet to hear) can not scale above great headphone setups in a regular room. 

In my poor bedroom  my speaker rig is only good for watching youtube videos. Even mid-fi in ears sound better here for me.

Things change drastically when i move the speakers to my listening room.

   

Although i have not heard these particular Keff speakers i have to say my own TOTL speaker setup in treated room leaves any headphone rigs i have heard very far behind. And i consider myself a ''headphones guy''.

For HD800 defence I think HD800 can extract a bit more details in upper registers than my speaker rig and i do not yet have amping requirement quite met with HD800.


Edited by Priidik - 5/5/14 at 3:44am
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Very good statements from both of you. As I am all three major audio groups CIEM,s headphones and speakers. Well setup good speakers blows away headphones but not in every way.
Speakers give you real staging in ways headphones do not. Speakers give you effects of the studio or venue that headphones do not . But there is details that head ones may give you that speakers do not. Now given a cheap rig is far below a cheap headphone rig. So in the end you can spend say 5 K on a really good headphone rig. And if with speakers that is nothing . When evaluating our equipment we should use both headphones and speakers to complete a more rounded pic of the sound.
May I Recomend the HDVD600. Fro the hd 800. It is the best I have heard yet those headphones
Al
Edited by ALRAINBOW - 5/5/14 at 3:56am
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Al, picked up a slightly used Perfectwave DAC MKI with the bridge for 500.00 wow my HD800 / HDVD800 never sounded better, it's an amazing combo.
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Originally Posted by Priidik View Post
 

I agree to a point and wanted to add some:

 

I get to this argument with my friends a lot and it seems for some the speaker presentation is a must.

Most problems with speakers above mid-fi are from room effects. Even top tier speakers (save for some dipole designs perhaps, which i have yet to hear) can not scale above great headphone setups in a regular room. 

In my poor bedroom  my speaker rig is only good for watching youtube videos. Even mid-fi in ears sound better here for me.

Things change drastically when i move the speakers to my listening room.

   

Although i have not heard these particular Keff speakers i have to say my own TOTL speaker setup in treated room leaves any headphone rigs i have heard very far behind. And i consider myself a ''headphones guy''.

For HD800 defence I think HD800 can extract a bit more details in upper registers than my speaker rig and i do not yet have amping requirement quite met with HD800.

I have never heard a truly high end speaker rig in a treated room before but i can imagine that it would sound amazing. 

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Originally Posted by AMBERLIGHT View Post

Wow I am happy for you. The hd800 and the hdvd800 is a amazing combo
The DAC is the week link and you have moved on to
A really good setup. In own the pwd mkii it's pretty good too
Enjoy it.
Al

Thank you very much and I thought it sounded really well which it does! but the level of increased sound quality with the Perfectwave DAC is really on a whole other level.
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I like the direction your going here. It gives them a kind of retro look. For my preference I like 'B' the colors are more subtle and blend nicely. I like the others too, but I'm not sure how contrasting that brown will look in real life. 

LOL yup you're right. B does look better this morning. I came up with it last night on my older 2010 Macbook pro and the colours made the others seem better. On my newer Retina version today, B definitely looks more fitting. I guess I should find someone with a high end calibrated screen if I do order one.

 

I hope the colours turn out well in real life and as suggested on website..

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Originally Posted by Widell View Post
 


Me too, that is why my Credit card is smoking....:D just could not let it pass...

The seller is located in Hong Kong, aren't you worried?

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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

I have never heard a truly high end speaker rig in a treated room before but i can imagine that it would sound amazing. 

 

It doesn't even have to be that high end.

 

Magnepan 1.7 and an Odyssey Khartago amp will make most so called high-end systems sound like an overpriced joke.

 

A system like that won't have any bottom end grunt but the tonality, soundstage and coherence is going to be very hard to beat. If you listen to light classical music it's a TOTL system.

 

Of course, you need a good room to place them in or they will only play at maybe 30-50% of their potential...

 

 

Also - people seem to be on a buying spree? Happy days, killers systems coming up by the looks of it :D 


Edited by TwoEars - 5/5/14 at 6:11am
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Normally I would not buy from Hong Kong via Ebay, but the seller is DWI which is an Australian retailer selling electronics online, I contacted them as their price for the HD800 was very good, however the told me that they could only ship within Australia if purchased via their online store but advised me that they did sell via Ebay Australia which shipped from Hong Kong.....

 

As they are a company and not a private person and they have sold 12 already and have 99.5% positive feedback out of 23953 sales and I paid via Paypal I felt relatively safe so I took the chance..... no guarantees though.....:confused_face:

 

Will let you all know if I am getting ripped off or if I will be a happy camper.....

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Originally Posted by pearljam50000 View Post
 

The seller is located in Hong Kong, aren't you worried?

I buy from Hong Kong all the time without any problem. Have you been there? It is not the Hong Kong of old. The shopping centers and shops spell of wealth and the stores are full of buyers. I would trust a shop there before many other places.

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I'm sure it's fine. I buy from asia all the time on ebay and never had any problems, not even from private sellers. And that paypal guarantee is very good for buyers, it's a PITA if you're a seller because people have been known to abuse it. But it's good if you're a buyer since paypal almost always settles disputes in favor of the buyer.

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Excuse me...I'm going to cut up my credit card before I make an impulsive purchase...I really want a pair of 800's, but I think I'm going to get a solid DAC first, and my wife would not approve of a >$1,000 purcahse right now.

Wrt speakers, the most experience I have is from AXPONA this year. Probably not the best example of how good speakers can sound, but when you put all of these speakers in the same room (essentially...they were all hotel rooms), it definitely kills the difference between your $3,000 speakers and your $10,000 speakers.

I'll probably eventually get a good speaker setup, but it will be with the ~$3,000 speakers, and will be after I buy a house...and pay off my car...
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