These cans good for rock & blues
These genres take up most of my listening habits.....now days Bonamassa about 25%.....
Yeah, really good stuff.
Are these cans and Joe B. a good match ?
Absolutely. I listen to Blues about 75% of the time, all thru the HD800.
The other 25% is Electronic and Rock and then it's LCD2 time. My forgotten HE500's will soon be for sale.
Great news.....thanks much, man.
I have just heard both cans in a brief comparison at the 2014 NY meet.
The SR009 powered by BHSE, the HD800 by a GSX-MkII. I'd describe the main difference in presentation as more light, effortless, airy for the SR009. It is different but not necessarily more detailed. Maybe in a long term comparison you might be able to pick apart some details that the Stax can reveal and that the HD800 might be missing but this is trying to split blonde hairs.
As far as the sound stage goes, the HD800 is head and shoulders above the Stax, no contest here. And as I can't stand the "inside your head" effect of headphones in general, the HD800 is my only choice.
Got the HD800 today, bought from another Head-fi member who purchased them new in February of this year so these are new. First impressions : superb synergy between the HD800 & Trafomatic Experience Head One HP amp (tubes). No sibilance at all which as you all know is the biggest complaint against the HD800. The sound is clear, the instruments are well separated, the voices, main & background are very distinct & clear, the bass is present & not overwhelming. I'm listening to the "Ram" album by Paul McCartney which is full of harmony & many instruments & sounds on most of the tracks. The song "Uncle Albert" for example has orchestration, horns, triangle, drums, guitars & piano & they come out pretty much clearly considering this is a 1971 recording (although my copy is a gold remastered disk).
The first HD800 I bought approximately 4 yrs ago had sibilance galore & were not enjoyable. Now I don't profess to know if Sennheiser has adjusted their later models as some Head-fiers mention on another thread or if the sibilance was due to second rate HP amps but I can tell you that as of this initial listening session, this HD800 is performing quite well & is most enjoyable. One other thing I've done in the past which I won't do again was to get rid of my other HPs at the time thinking the HD800 was the end it all. The HD600, 650 & Shure SRH1540 will remain as part of my HP collection. They all have their own signature that I enjoy and they're all quality HPs. I was curious to see if the HD800 would sound different with a better HP amp & they sure do. This second pair is not going anywhere. By the way the SN is a 28xxx if this info. matters for any Head-fier reading this.
Most importantly, my wife is not yet aware that I purchased these HPs. Having four pairs of HPs all costing $400+ most of you know & probably identify with the fact that my wife would not understand why I have four pairs & mostly why I spent so much money on headphones. But I know I can go on a Headphone Obsession site & be understood by many.
Thanks all of you for your much needed support.
As Elvis used to say : "Thank ye. Thank ye very much" !