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In response to an expensive cable upgrade (I recall Canadian411 saying earlier that sometimes people are tricked into thinking $$$ sounds better) the balanced cable that sennheiser sells for the HD800s is 380$ and equal in price to most reasonably priced aftermarket cables (ex. Moon audio black dragon balanced is 365$).
Now only if Sennheiser would make a flagship planar....
That's just me, after experimenting different cables from 4N to 7N, OFC, OCC, silver, copper, silver-plated copper, etc I cannot tell significant sound difference.
But again it's my ears. Going from Single ended to Balanced out technically make sense as it uses 4 channels that what Ray Samuels suggested me over a long conversation. But even with SR71b SE vs SR71b Balanced didn't make lot differences for low impedance headphone which make sense as well.
HD800, on the other hand, high imp, I believe can benefit from Balanced out, I am waiting for Lynx Hilo and HDVD600/HDVD800 so I can try the Balance out :)
What I wish from Sennheiser is a closed headphone with the same sound signature and sound stage as HD800, that will kill T5p.
Which one is the good looking headphone Al ? let me collect that too :)
And I agree, best engineers come from Germany :) (angle drivers ! not angled pads !)
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!!!
I'd say thats a very respectable start. I used to have the Asgard 1 and so I don't know how much of an improvement the 2 is, but as far as SS amps go you could do a lot worse!
See how you get on with the clean/neutral Schitt sound first, before you get bombarded with the usual recommendations :)
Listening to Chris Botti: Lisa (SACD Rip 96/24). Such a beautiful song. :D. The HD800 ruined it for me. Now my standards are a little too high. :D
Fiio x5 > HeadAmp HeadAmp Pico DAC > HD800
hi HD800 fans,
go post some of your favorite HD800 music on the thread that kheadfi started;
I would love to see that thread taking of, as I think some music is especially good sounding on the HD800.
Hugh Marsekela'''Hope'' is a good suggestion.
As long as it is not Chris Botti and has been recorded by a passionate technician who wants to capture the essence of the performance, not just the sound of the individual musicians & instruments, then it will sound great on the HD800. In general "live" recordings, doesn't matter if live in concert or live in studio, will sound better than some over engineered crap that has been mixed together from separate sessions - probably even in different studios. These pieced together recordings often sound artificial, you don't have the natural ambient sound of the room and the HD800 will let you hear that.
I recently came across a Spanish label (Fresh Sound Records) that is reissuing 50's and 60's jazz and some of these analog recordings (I mentioned earlier Herbie Mann's African Suite) sound spectacular.