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post #1546 of 24367
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Words I would not use to describe these but have read before; Clinical, harsh, thin, bright.

 

I would certainly agree that none of my three rigs with the HD800 were clinical, harsh or bright.  But the first two were thin and distant.


Edited by Solude - 4/1/13 at 12:38pm
post #1547 of 24367

http://www.head-fi.org/t/555908/stax-sr-009-channel-imbalance-trouble-driver-problem/165

 

Makes a nice read if you are thinking of upgrading from HD800 to Stax Sr 009. 

post #1548 of 24367
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Originally Posted by akash neagi View Post

hey can you listen to the Eric Clapton and Eagles MTV unplugged on your HD800 for me????
I am strongly considering getting them,

HD800 I mean.....

and these are two of my most listened albums......

FWIW, Eagles Hell Freezes Over is awesome (both sound & musicwise), especially the K2 Mastered CD (at Elusive Disc for $35).

I also have Clapton/461 Ocean Blvd in SACD which is great also (and cheap).

Paul McCartney Unplugged from 1991 is also one of my favorites (regular redbook CD).

post #1549 of 24367
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Must say,

 

I'm nearly a week in with my HD800's and I've have not yet experienced any fatigue or what I would call 'brightness'. Mine just aren't bright headphones... 

I've owned bright headphones before. SR225, RS1, DT880, K702, D2000, All of these are what I would class as bright. Where the stigma has come from with these is lost on me. Detailed yes, extended (in relative terms) yes, but not harsh or fatiguing at all. And I'm using SS with mid-fi dacs. 

 

If I could use a few adjectives to describe the sound; Warm, smooth, detailed, expansive, refined, airy, deep.

 

Words I would not use to describe these but have read before; Clinical, harsh, thin, bright.

 

Just saying..

 

Yup..  I agree.  

post #1550 of 24367
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

FWIW, Eagles Hell Freezes Over is awesome (both sound & musicwise), especially the K2 Mastered CD (at Elusive Disc for $35).

I also have Clapton/461 Ocean Blvd in SACD which is great also (and cheap).

Paul McCartney Unplugged from 1991 is also one of my favorites (regular redbook CD).

Havent heard all the above CD's mentioned but HD800 are wonderful with Acoustics. 

post #1551 of 24367

I've heard Sennheiser's CD sample of 'high quality' recording, and it was ridiculous. The dynamic range was quite narrow, and nothing fancy about the music or the recording quality.

 

The best recording I've ever heard was not even SACD, it was Berlioz Symphony Fantastique performed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.

The Dynamic range is great, the recording is very clean and took place in a hall with great acoustics and reverberation, not even talking about the magnificent performance\interpretation.


Edited by pila405 - 4/1/13 at 3:03pm
post #1552 of 24367
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Yup..  I agree.  

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Must say,

 

I'm nearly a week in with my HD800's and I've have not yet experienced any fatigue or what I would call 'brightness'. Mine just aren't bright headphones... 

I've owned bright headphones before. SR225, RS1, DT880, K702, D2000, All of these are what I would class as bright. Where the stigma has come from with these is lost on me. Detailed yes, extended (in relative terms) yes, but not harsh or fatiguing at all. And I'm using SS with mid-fi dacs. 

 

If I could use a few adjectives to describe the sound; Warm, smooth, detailed, expansive, refined, airy, deep.

 

Words I would not use to describe these but have read before; Clinical, harsh, thin, bright.

 

Just saying..

I also agree! I loved my HD800 from day 1 and then I listened to it via the DNA Sonett and Dliii from PS Audio. 

 

 

Ohhh yeah, and DLiii is still a great DAC to use with these cans. I think it may be out of production but it def has a soft nicely laid out analogue presentation


Edited by Cante Ista - 4/1/13 at 4:57pm
post #1553 of 24367
dL3!!!!biggrin.gif
post #1554 of 24367
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Originally Posted by pila405 View Post

I've heard Sennheiser's CD sample of 'high quality' recording, and it was ridiculous. The dynamic range was quite narrow, and nothing fancy about the music or the recording quality.

The best recording I've ever heard was not even SACD, it was Berlioz Symphony Fantastique performed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.
The Dynamic range is great, the recording is very clean and took place in a hall with great acoustics and reverberation, not even talking about the magnificent performance\interpretation.

I have loved Symphonie Fantastique since I was a boy. I currently have the Munch/BSO (RCA Living Stereo) and Maazel/Cleveland (Telarc) recordings. The RCA Hybrid SACD is a masterpiece.

Thanks to your glowing recommendation, I just ordered the Gardiner recording. Thank you!
post #1555 of 24367
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Must say,

I'm nearly a week in with my HD800's and I've have not yet experienced any fatigue or what I would call 'brightness'. Mine just aren't bright headphones... 
I've owned bright headphones before. SR225, RS1, DT880, K702, D2000, All of these are what I would class as bright. Where the stigma has come from with these is lost on me. Detailed yes, extended (in relative terms) yes, but not harsh or fatiguing at all. And I'm using SS with mid-fi dacs. 

If I could use a few adjectives to describe the sound; Warm, smooth, detailed, expansive, refined, airy, deep.

Words I would not use to describe these but have read before; Clinical, harsh, thin, bright.

Just saying..

To bring up the old cliche HD800 sounds like the rest of the audio chain. Only colouration is the 6k peak stock, and the midbass boost on the Anax mod. Still compared against the stax 009 the HD800 has its limits.
post #1556 of 24367
As the 009 has limits compared to the HD800. Nothing is perfect.
post #1557 of 24367
Maxvla, what are the 009 limits when compared to the HD800? confused.gif
post #1558 of 24367
Realistic soundstage and impact, mostly.
post #1559 of 24367
I had the SR-007 Mk1 and it although it was excellent sounding, I did not feel any "impact" even when compared to my SRH840's. I've read that this may be solved in the SR-009, although I have the feeling that this is a inherent weakness of e-stats.
post #1560 of 24367
I also had the SR-007 and have heard the SR-009 many times. I'm completely satisfied with the HD800s as my only headphone. The only other headphone that might tempt me would be a re-issue of Jades that were better built, and even then it would be a complement to the HD800, not a replacement.
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