This is a good point and I would say needs some careful deliberation.
'Hifi' headphones have always (generally) been designed with the intent to make music sound good. Not as a clean window onto what is actually there. But with a headphone like the HD800 you can easily get used to hearing what is actually there...,? and it can be more enjoyable from an 'audiophile' perspective. Good recordings are good, bad ones are bad.
As far as I can see these hp's have one small, little flaw... A little peak at 6khz. They aren't perfect. But IME that one slight peak cannot cause annoyance unless the recording is already bad or you are sensitive to high frequencies. With the exception of Audeze and Senn's previous flagship most other quality hp's are peakier in the treb than the HD800.
(anyways, I'm enjoying reading your journey with HD800's :)
I agree with this. I need to EQ this out. I checked with the stock Foobar EQ, and it seems to be between 5 and 7. Is there a good plug-in for Foobar? Also, it's really bass light, kinda reminds me of the K701. You know what, HD800 just remind of the 701 with it's signature.
I think my auditory system reacting negatively to the 6khz peak is probably to protect my ears. Maybe my ears are extremely sensitive to that area. I cannot turn up the volume for tracks that outputs this frequency region.
Edited by SilverEars - 7/4/14 at 2:38pm