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I tried the HD800s with a DacPort LX and couldn't listen to them. Then I realized that the headphone was simply showing me how the LX sounds—I've always found it a bright DAC, but most headphones roll off the top. The HD800 doesn't—it reveals everything—so the trick is to find a combination of source and amp that doesn't err on either side of the frequency spectrum. In my system, replacing the LX with a MHDT Havana solved the problem. By themselves, I don't find the HD800s bright or harsh in the least. To me they sound balanced, neutral, and correct.

You are right the HD800 is a balanced, neutral headphone but its a very bright with my current setup. I think it's my source the M-Dac will try with another DAC.

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2nd day impressions :) 

 

Finally had a bit more time with these. I'm off work this week and was looking forward to starting an everlasting relationship with my new HD800's... But the wife has got plans... Got me decorating the living room... There's also been talk of "brightening up the kitchen" I'm not amused. 

 

Anyways,

 

Been going through some more favorites tonight. Mainly classical, and the feeling I'm now getting is how 'easy' the music is. Now, whether I've been preparing myself for the clinical/analytical sound a little too much, I'm not sure. But pieces that I'm very familiar with are very, very easy on the ears. Quite soft on the gentler parts, but then BAM! when the louder parts kick in. Great dynamics. I've been testing these with some rather harsh brass that has caused me discomfort in the past and yes it is harsh. But no more harsh than many other headphones I've heard. In fact, I would say less so. Makes me wonder If I maybe underamping them..? I doubt it, as my amp gives out 3 watts into 32 ohms.... But you never know. 

 

Talking about giving out. These really are delivering. like a Nymphomaniac on Viagra! Everything is for the taking. There are things I've not heard before. Things that I've newly discovered! Like a small mole you find on a lovers backside when they bend over the bed to pick the remote control up..

I'm hearing little shimmers of percussion that were easily hidden with lesser phones. A shimmering, not dissimilar to shards of sunlight reflected of a naval piercing- glimpsed briefly as you come up for air whilst pleasuring a good friend on holiday.... etc :D

 

It's all good wink_face.gif

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thanks for the chuckles LugBug1

I'll have to try that remote control trick ...

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It's all good wink_face.gif

 

You sir, should be knighted with a new subtitle. Suggestions welcome for Mr. Bedphones. tongue.gif

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No probs :) 

 

I've just been going through a few old rock raves, I love REM. The realness in Stipes voice is amazing. The past year I've been listening to planars and the difference is in the push (or thump) that you get more of with orthos. The Senns are more refined and less intimate. I can see how some would still need an orthos aswell as these for those such attributes. Having said that, there is so much to lose in comparison. The HD800's are the closest I've come yet to perfection. 

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You sir, should be knighted with a new subtitle. Suggestions welcome for Mr. Bedphones. tongue.gif

Haha thanks, I'd like a title! 

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I freakin' love REM from the HD800. Pearl Jam is another that sounds especially great. Vedder's softer acoustic stuff (ie Into the Wild OST) is magnificent as well.
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Oh my gosh olor1n-those are two of my favorites on the HD 800 along with Dire Straits and Radiohead. Helps that they are both mastered quite well-at least Rearview Mirror is and most of the other ones I mentioned. Side note: RH's Yorke sounds earily similar to Stipes on some songs...

 

-Daniel

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Haha thanks, I'd like a title! 

 

 

Seems to me like you're auditioning for a 6Moons writing position with those other two posts. wink.gif

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I freakin' love REM from the HD800. Pearl Jam is another that sounds especially great. Vedder's softer acoustic stuff (ie Into the Wild OST) is magnificent as well.

 

Whats the FR Ken, has always been a tester track for me because it has to be one the greatest electric guitar sounds ever. Up to now, its a close call between these and my old RS1's for reproducing it.  

Incidently, my fave REM tracks are Country feedback and Half a world away.. both off the same album.

 

Yup, grew up loving Pearl Jam and Soundgarden all good. Vedder's voice is getting even better as the years go by imo.

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Seems to me like you're auditioning for a 6Moons writing position with those other two posts. wink.gif

I doubt they'd like a pervert like me writing for them tongue.gif

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Not quite sure the GSX will drive speakers quite as well as the ECL, Pete. wink.gif I'll someday find out if the headphone output is on par though-hopefully by summer I will have my hands on both.

-Daniel

LoL, no, not speakers. But they're setting on my shelf rarely played. Not sure if you have young kids, but for me, that horizon is still a ways off. I thought long and hard about upgrading my speakers to the Totem Forests, but I would rarely get to use them with kids who go to bed at 8pm. confused.gif

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I know that Tyll described the HD800 as an F1 car and after listening to them for the last 3 days  I know why.  They are very revelling and with my current setup they sound harsh. Can't seem to wear them for a long time. Is there any way of reducing the harshness or make them sound a bit mellow. I am using the Audiolab m-dac and Meier corda jazz. Should I put a cheap tube per-amp in the chain? Something like the Bravo audio ocean blue.

 

SS and tube alike suffer from component selection and arrangement and implementation. Source material plays the biggest role. IMHO new tubes take about 100hrs to break in, if not a little longer to settle fully. Same can be said for the whole chain in fact. Your 800s storage box it came in makes a fantastic hush box. Run 'em for a couple hundred hours in there and come back and see after. To me, there was significant improvement. *shrug* YMMV.

 

I bought a Schiit Asgard with the 800s for comparison to the Lyr, just for Schiits and giggles. The Asgard was a bit shrill and shrieky.  Beside the Lyr, the Asgard I managed to test in at most 10 minute spurts, stretched days apart.  My brother identified the issue when I sent it to him. Apparently so did Schiit in the Asgard 2. *shrug*.   You can say its the Asgard SS amp and the HD800s are a bad match, and that SS amp does better with a darker headphone that isn't quite as revealing in the highs.

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Those of you who have bought custom colored HD800's from colorware, just wanted to know if it was worth it? Do they do good work that will last? I'm thinking of getting a custom colored HD800. After messing around with the paints, I can't even look at the stock HD 800. I know it's all about how they sound but I thought getting them painted would be a good idea since the stock ones chip pretty easily from what I have heard.

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Originally Posted by jronan2 View Post

Those of you who have bought custom colored HD800's from colorware, just wanted to know if it was worth it? Do they do good work that will last? I'm thinking of getting a custom colored HD800. After messing around with the paints, I can't even look at the stock HD 800. I know it's all about how they sound but I thought getting them painted would be a good idea since the stock ones chip pretty easily from what I have heard.

 

I had been planning to buy some custom HD800's from Colorware, but ended up saving some money and buying an older used pair (with a bit a chipping no less).  I may eventually go the Colorware route still.  I believe Maxvla has had his all-black Colorware HD800's for a while, and there was certainly no chipping when I saw them in person.  They looked great, and it seemed like the finish would be more durable.  Seeing one in person definitely did nothing to dissuade me from going the Colorware route.  If I hadn't suddenly got the urge to try to conserve money, I'd be waiting on a custom job from Colorware right now.

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