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I took delivery March 17, 2011

 

Nice!

 

Wait... you remember the exact date from 3 years ago? You're not by any chance Julian Gregory Day are you? :eek:

 

:D 


Edited by TwoEars - 5/25/14 at 10:23am
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How the heck have you had 4 HD800's?

 

Did you pick them up just to see if there was any difference?

 

Nah. Sold once because my mid-tier rig didn't impress me with them-and at the time I wasn't aware of how well they could scale. Sold another for financial reasons at the time. Sold another to a friend who heard my rig and just HAD to have them...on the spot lol. So I helped him out. ;)

 

-Daniel

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you remember the exact date from 3 years ago? 

 

Yeah right.  Head-Fi search.  

 

My 800s are in the 6900s.  That much I can remember.  

 

Just kidding, I had to look.

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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post
 
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post
 

you remember the exact date from 3 years ago? 

 

Yeah right.  Head-Fi search.  

 

My 800s are in the 6900s.  That much I can remember.  

 

Just kidding, I had to look.

No No....Some days are just that important!  :D

post #10865 of 12419
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Do you think it has to do with the burn in period?

It has been proven for akg headphones by tyll @ innerfidelity.

Not sure.

If anyone live in Toronto with the serial number starting 28... I will like to a/b.


In all honesty I purchased the 26xxx serialized HD-800,  listened to them for 2 days and really liked what I heard right out of the box.  Noticed however that one of the ear pads had a large crease in it that drove me nuts (O.C.D lol).

 

I packed them up and brought them back to the retailer and exchanged for the 28xxx which was a perfect sample cosmetically....the sound however was intolerable.  Brighter than my GS-1000 (that I hold onto for sentimentality reasons).  They went back the day after and I ended up with my originally purchased 26xxx (had Sennheiser Canada send me new pads)

 

The rest is history like they say.

 

The difference was like night and day to my ears.  Due to the fact that these comparisons between two HD-800 were done days apart I feel that my acoustic memory held truth and was accurate enough to hear the difference.

 

The fact that both frequency charts arrived via email one week later proved what I was hearing.

 

The idea that each sample HD-800 may sound different to one another holds water to me.

 

I don't think that batch number has any relevance here,  it is on a per HD-800 basis. Some owners of earlier versions were gifted with a pair that were warm, or almost neutral sounding, while others complained of brightness, lack luster bass ....etc.

 

Some frequency charts were all over the map while others retained hints of neutrality.

 

For those that question this I suggest that the perfect scenario would be to compare not only just two HD-800's (chances are they may sound almost identical) but to find two pairs that do in fact sound like different beasts.

 

Definitely a hard experiment to replicate unless by just luck of the draw.

 

Yes it would appear that the K812 may be suffering from the same issue.

 

Like I said YMMV :beerchug: 


Edited by Mortalcoil - 5/25/14 at 11:35am
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Like I said YMMV  

Your memory may vary?

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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post
 
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Like I said YMMV  

Your memory may vary?

:D

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Your memory may vary?

 

:D

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Here is a question for those who think any headphone let's hear it all.
Anyone here have both headphones and speakers.
Is there music you know well with headphones
And then play it on speakers for the first time and notice the ambience of the studio in a completely different way ?
A song to play is track 5 or 6 on social club.
With headphones I hear the instings close and far
But with speakers it way different
The venue where it was recorded is a bigger part if the musical reproduction
Al
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Here is a question for those who think any headphone let's hear it all.
Anyone here have both headphones and speakers.
Is there music you know well with headphones
And then play it on speakers for the first time and notice the ambience of the studio in a completely different way ?
A song to play is track 5 or 6 on social club.
With headphones I hear the instings close and far
But with speakers it way different
The venue where it was recorded is a bigger part if the musical reproduction
Al

True. The venue and ambience comes out much better on speakers. If I have the option to both speakers and headphones, I never touch headphones. Only for late night when going to bed. 

 

You can also get a sense of how artists changed their production techniques from album to album.

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Yes this too is true. But yet we all hear small nuances we do not hear on speakers.
The over all point is there is both to hear the complete
Virtue of any good recording.
Al
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Here is a question for those who think any headphone let's hear it all.
Anyone here have both headphones and speakers.
Is there music you know well with headphones
And then play it on speakers for the first time and notice the ambience of the studio in a completely different way ?
A song to play is track 5 or 6 on social club.
With headphones I hear the instings close and far
But with speakers it way different
The venue where it was recorded is a bigger part if the musical reproduction
Al

True When I listen to speakers sometimes I hear things that I don't notice as much on headphones.

That's not to say that it isn't there on the headphone. If you check both you will hear those things on both systems.

I personally hear more on headphones than I do on speakers.

Only sometimes do speakers let me hear something that I didn't notice on the headphone. 

 

But it depends heavily on the speaker system. I have only heard 2 speakers systems for longer periods of time

 

- the Keff R500 through a Rotel amp with V800 DAC - the other system was 

 - Monitor Audio GS20 with a Vincent hybrid power amp (cant remember the pre-amp) and the pioneer PD 75

 

I still prefer my WA2/HD800 over those rigs (not for every album but most) although the Monitor Audio rig came close.

I think you have to scale much higher to beat that headphone rig or lets say to beat a rig like - GSXMK2/Audio GDM7/HD800

you would have to go higher. Maybe 10,000 euro (14,000 dollars) and up. 

 

I have heard people say that cheaper speaker rigs than the GSX one will sound much better but in my experience that is not true. 

What do you guys think? What speaker rigs do you think start to edge out in front of a TOTL HD800 rig? 

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Now I haven't heard HD800 on GS-X but active monitors from ATC, PMC and the 3 way's from Genelec are quite fun to listen to (1037, 8260). SM9 is fun as well. I only have experience with the low end monitors and the very high end ones. Nothing in the middle though.

 

If you're into hifi and have cash, maybe try out the mini Blade coming out.

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Now I haven't heard HD800 on GS-X but active monitors from ATC, PMC and the 3 way's from Genelec are quite fun to listen to (1037, 8260). SM9 is fun as well. I only have experience with the low end monitors and the very high end ones. Nothing in the middle though.

 

If you're into hifi and have cash, maybe try out the mini Blade coming out.

Keff mini blade?

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Keff mini blade?

Yup

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