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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

It's a world market.  If the local market doesn't want to compete it's not my problem.  The other reality is that like changing a car from stock to something personal... resale suffers.  But the point is that retailers can clearly sell it for the same price as the EU and make money but choose not to.  I understand they have to respect the minimum listed price, but that doesn't mean they can't sell it for less.  If Colorware can paint them and sell them for the MSRP then the others can certainly afford to eat the difference.  I paid $1105 for mine, to my door, taxes in.  Couldn't be happier :D

Oh, but the local market does want to compete, just Sennheiser doesn't want them to wink_face.gif They don't want people to start having the perception that the HD800 is in the same league as the LCD-2 and T1.  I assume your referring to buying them from Meier Audio, he even advertised the lower price for awhile but I'm sure Sennheiser made him take it down.  It is unfortunate that the NA retail is basically EU price + VAT even without actually having the VAT apply.  I'm sure there are local vendors willing to work around the MSRP, either under the table or perhaps offering "free cable upgrades" or the like.  $1100 new certainly seems like a fair price to me, given their elite performance.  I've never quite understand the MSRP price fixing though, Sennheiser is making the same per headphone regardless of how much a vendor sells it for I would imagine.

 

Sennheiser isn't alone in this though.  The Fostex TH-900 is $500 cheaper in Japan, SR-009 nearly $2,000 cheaper, and other examples exist as well.

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Margins on headphones are about 40% wink_face.gif same as luxury watches. So a dealer giving you 20% off is not a big deal for them. Giving you a free paint job and throwing in next day shipping still puts them way above water. Say "Hi" to your Rolex dealer for me too. evil_smiley.gif


Edited by M-13 - 4/24/13 at 6:48pm
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Each to there own but I strongly agree with preproman after owning the HD800's 3 times. They chip for no apparent reason unless literally you wear a nuke suit with special gloves handling them with care like one would with a 50 carat diamond.

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Not literally, no. wink.gif

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/literally
Edited by Nick Dangerous - 4/24/13 at 7:00pm
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Each to there own but I strongly agree with preproman after owning the HD800's 3 times. They chip for no apparent reason unless literally you wear a nuke suit with special gloves handling them with care like one would with a 50 carat diamond.


Thats odd... I own mine for around 2 years now and it still looks like new. I'm not using a headphone stand either. However, I always make sure to drop them very gently on the desk, where its mainly contacting the surface with the earpad's foam, not the housing. Guess that does the trick for me.

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Thats odd... I own mine for around 2 years now and it still looks like new. I'm not using a headphone stand either. However, I always make sure to drop them very gently on the desk, where its mainly contacting the surface with the earpad's foam, not the housing. Guess that does the trick for me.

Lucky you, my first pair which is an earlier S/N based model had 1 or 2 chips on the bottom of the side housing where it rests on my audio rack. Then I purchased a new pair with a 1XXXX serial number to compare the sound and found very subtle differences. Scared of damaging it I sold it off for the price I purchased them to recoup funds for other things. Eventually I sold off my earlier S/N pair for around the same price I purchased them and bought purrins used one which has a fair amount of chips and scratches but not really bothered, still have them to this day. I do plan on buying a new 2XXXX S/N one colorwared someday. 

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Originally Posted by JWahl View Post
 

I've never quite understand the MSRP price fixing though, Sennheiser is making the same per headphone regardless of how much a vendor sells it for I would imagine.

 

Sennheiser isn't alone in this though.  The Fostex TH-900 is $500 cheaper in Japan, SR-009 nearly $2,000 cheaper, and other examples exist as well.

 

It's not the sale price that is fixed, it's the minimum advertised price.  Which is to say everyone in NA has put the listed price on their site at $1499.95.  But like they did for the HD650 they can also have a email us for the real price type thing.  But since internet sales are on a rise and walking in and haggling is down... a lot of people just accept whatever is listed so not a whole lot of incentive for retail to drop the price for everyone just to get the minority who will seek out the source outside the country.

 

Stax is a great example.  Buying from outside Japan is just nuts.  That extra $2K buys you the privilege of being ignored by Yama when you need service /facepalm  When my O2 MkI needed service Yama didn't reply until after I had given up on them, shipped them to the UK, had them fixed and shipped back.  UK didn't care that they were a Japan unit.  They get paid to repair them, they couldn't care less what market they were purchased in.

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Each to there own but I strongly agree with preproman after owning the HD800's 3 times. They chip for no apparent reason unless literally you wear a nuke suit with special gloves handling them with care like one would with a 50 carat diamond.
Why would you be careful with a diamond? Anything you drop it on or scrape it against would take damage and the diamond would be fine.
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Why would you be careful with a diamond? Anything you drop it on or scrape it against would take damage and the diamond would be fine.

But it's so precious. frown.gif

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But it's so precious. frown.gif

Can we eats it precious! 

 

 

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Has anyone tried a balanced dynalo with the HD800? I'm thinking of getting one built in a few months after I recover from some recent spending. 

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Has anyone tried a balanced dynalo with the HD800? I'm thinking of getting one built in a few months after I recover from some recent spending. 

Why a Dynalo when you can do a Dynahi? ;)

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LOL 

 

A dynalo would be much easier to commission. Dynamite would probably take much longer and cost much more. 

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Why a Dynalo when you can do a Dynahi? ;)

 

 

Are the on board heat sink boards ready yet? 
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I've really been contemplating getting a pair of these recently but Im afraid it won't pair well with my phonitor. It seems like many of the hd800 owners have tube amps but I love the phonitor to much to get something else. Does anyone pair there hd800s with a phonitor and, if so, what do you think? Thanks!
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