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post #11326 of 13423
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If you are going to get the HD800 anyway, then you made the right choice bud :beerchug:

Yeah, already had decided to get the HD800 after auditioning them, but kept getting sidetracked with other purchases. Still have a few more things to get before jumping back into the high end headphones. I miss my LCD-3. The D2000 while being exceptional for movies and TV shows, it simply can't cut it for music.

 

The only two headphones that currently intrigue me are: HE-560 and the upcoming Hifiman stat.

 

After having lived with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3 for 3 years, I figured I probably wouldn't be able to enjoy the Q701s as much as I would have, had I not heard the other three. So HD800 it will be. :beerchug:

post #11327 of 13423
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Yeah, already had decided to get the HD800 after auditioning them, but kept getting sidetracked with other purchases. Still have a few more things to get before jumping back into the high end headphones. I miss my LCD-3. The D2000 while being exceptional for movies and TV shows, it simply can't cut it for music.

The only two headphones that currently intrigue me are: HE-560 and the upcoming Hifiman stat.

After having lived with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3 for 3 years, I figured I probably wouldn't be able to enjoy the Q701s as much as I would have, had I not heard the other three. So HD800 it will be. beerchug.gif

You will love hd800., maybe th900 later on if you miss the lcd2/3 sound quality (not the discomfort) smily_headphones1.gif
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You will love hd800., maybe th900 later on if you miss the lcd2/3 sound quality (not the discomfort) smily_headphones1.gif

TH-900 are also planned as an upgrade for closed/D2000. I was initially considering TH-600 but backed out and wanted to hold on the TH-900. At the moment, I have two closed and no opens, so the HD800 will be first. Yeah I missed the LCD-2 most, but definitely not their discomfort. Comfort is non-negotiable going forward, regardless of how well they sound.

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TH-900 are also planned as an upgrade for closed/D2000. I was initially considering TH-600 but backed out and wanted to hold on the TH-900. At the moment, I have two closed and no opens, so the HD800 will be first. Yeah I missed the LCD-2 most, but definitely not their discomfort. Comfort is non-negotiable going forward, regardless of how well they sound.

 



Yape, that's the reason I sold my Audeze, and probably will not buy again unless they fix the design flaw, (weight and annoying angle pads). smily_headphones1.gif but just me, peace !
post #11330 of 13423
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

Yeah, already had decided to get the HD800 after auditioning them, but kept getting sidetracked with other purchases. Still have a few more things to get before jumping back into the high end headphones. I miss my LCD-3. The D2000 while being exceptional for movies and TV shows, it simply can't cut it for music.

 

The only two headphones that currently intrigue me are: HE-560 and the upcoming Hifiman stat.

 

After having lived with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3 for 3 years, I figured I probably wouldn't be able to enjoy the Q701s as much as I would have, had I not heard the other three. So HD800 it will be. :beerchug:

fancy seeing you here zoom. I ended up selling your HE500, and bought an HD800, so looks like I'll be joining this thread now.

post #11331 of 13423
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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post
 

+1, King Crimson is amazing, 

 

I would sample them because their music varies so much. They are not your standard musicians and their sound changes from album to album.

 

My favorites are Red, USA (live album, 40th anniversary edition is incredible, songs are so much longer then the original LP), Discipline, In the Court of the Crimson King, Larks Tongues and Aspic, and Starless and Bible Black

 

For you King Crimson fans another great band is U K, made up of John Wetton from KC, Eddie Jobson who played with Zappa, and Bill Bruford original Yes member and also a KC member. 

 

Also check out Stick Men, a band formed by Tony Levin famous for playing the Chapman Stick, a KC member who debuted on their album Discipline, A great album although different from their earlier stuff 

larks tongues and discipline are by far the best IMO. 

post #11332 of 13423
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Originally Posted by ngyu View Post
 

fancy seeing you here zoom. I ended up selling your HE500, and bought an HD800, so looks like I'll be joining this thread now.

Nice! LOL I remember telling you to get a HD800 just awhile back. You're going to love it.


I'm sure we'll still be able to find that HE-500 in a crowd just by feeling on the rough sliding mechanism on one of the sides. It was one of a kind. ;)

post #11333 of 13423
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

larks tongues and discipline are by far the best IMO. 

Those are defiantly the top tier king crimson, I would put Red up there as well. 

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

..... Yeah I missed the LCD-2 most, but definitely not their discomfort. Comfort is non-negotiable going forward, regardless of how well they sound.

 

Yape, that's the reason I sold my Audeze, and probably will not buy again unless they fix the design flaw, (weight and annoying angle pads). smily_headphones1.gifbut just me, peace !

Putting on my LCD2 sometimes makes me feel like im strapping into an astronauts helmet. They are flawed in that respect. Imaging is lacking as well in direct comparison. I almost lost all hope for the LCD2 and didn't use them for a year since this forum so graciously introduced me to the HD800s. That was until I gave them one last run before selling them. In a head to head match up against the HD800s, I now believe they are an excellent, if not a perfect compliment to the HD800s and cant sell either. What did it for me was a dusty collection of Frank Zappa albums. Apostrophe, Zoot allures and Sheik Yerbout, hilarious albums and at the same time astounding on the LCD2s.

post #11334 of 13423
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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post
 

Those are defiantly the top tier king crimson, I would put Red up there as well. 

Putting on my LCD2 sometimes makes me feel like im strapping into an astronauts helmet. They are flawed in that respect. Imaging is lacking as well in direct comparison. I almost lost all hope for the LCD2 and didn't use them for a year since this forum so graciously introduced me to the HD800s. That was until I gave them one last run before selling them. In a head to head match up against the HD800s, I now believe they are an excellent, if not a perfect compliment to the HD800s and cant sell either. What did it for me was a dusty collection of Frank Zappa albums. Apostrophe, Zoot allures and Sheik Yerbout, hilarious albums and at the same time astounding on the LCD2s.

Try putting a Beyer pad on them and pull the headphone apart for a week until they permanently stay in a looser position. Makes it far more comfortable. The weight will still be there, but at least no more awkward pressure points whatsoever.

post #11335 of 13423
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

Try putting a Beyer pad on them and pull the headphone apart for a week until they permanently stay in a looser position. Makes it far more comfortable. The weight will still be there, but at least no more awkward pressure points whatsoever.

Good suggestion. Beyerdynamic has a lot of different types of pads however. Do you know what model will fit with the Audeze frame?

post #11336 of 13423
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Originally Posted by PinkLed View Post
 

Good suggestion. Beyerdynamic has a lot of different types of pads however. Do you know what model will fit with the Audeze frame?

I bought one like this: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Headband-Cushion-Pad-fit-BEYER-HiFiMAN-DENON-SONY-KOSS-BOSE-BEATS-DRE-Headphones-/200799150982?pt=US_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item2ec08fe386&_uhb=1

 

Seriously try pulling the headband apart. Start pulling it apart with both hands at 12 o clock. Next move your hand down the headband, so one at 11 and the other at 1o clock, then 10 and 2, then 9 and 3 and so forth. Keep doing that for a week. Also, each time you pull, make sure to hold that stretch for a few seconds. After the week, the pads never touched each other when on stand.

 

Before the mod: pads touching each other on stand

 

 

 

 

After the mod + headband add-on: Pads never touched each other on stand

 

 

 

It took awhile but totally worth it.

post #11337 of 13423

The HD800 sounds so, so, so, so much better with a pretty aggressive downward EQ from 6k to 10k... (by that I mean 3.5 to 5db down).

 

You lose the metallicy, thin, annoying sibilance and are left with a big, detailed sound with unmatched imaging. 

 

Honestly, I can listen to these for a long time (on top of the comfort factor). My LCD-2.2s, the super thick creamy sound gets annoying after awhile. You have to down EQ it in the mids to start revealing some detail, but even then the sound is pretty small compared to the HD800s! 

 

I didn't like my HD800s very much before the EQ, but I will never turn back now!!! 

post #11338 of 13423
I am glad your posting the EQ recommendations. Most hear are against any EQ and as such do not get the full effect of using the headphones. May I ask what amp and or dac are you using ??
Al
post #11339 of 13423

So EQ gives you the 'full effect of using the headphones" ?  :cool:   Or does it give you your preference?

 

These statements, boy I tell ya...

post #11340 of 13423
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Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
 

The HD800 sounds so, so, so, so much better with a pretty aggressive downward EQ from 6k to 10k... (by that I mean 3.5 to 5db down).

I think its more a function of individual ear construction. No denying there are 6k-ish peak and mine has 10,5k peak. 

At first i did the same thing, applied high-shelf -3dB. But then the phones lost some of its apparent agility and i'd even say transparency. 

Much better to use band eq filters at trouble spots. Even better is to use no eq at all.

 

Interestingly while i have no amp at hand that does justice to HD800-s, while feeding it through my dac-s line outs these peaks sort of vanish... 

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