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Guys, who. Has any experience on the Alo Audio reference 16 cable with hd800 classic?
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Strangely enough I like the stock sound enough not to mod it yet. But then you never know.


Similar experience for me of enjoying the stock sound with a Gumby/MJ2/Amperex tube-HD800 rig.  Had read about various mods and was thinking I would try them as I enjoy tinkering, but I've been listening instead and they are growing on me.

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Strangely enough I like the stock sound enough not to mod it yet. But then you never know.

Same here, the stock sound is quite nice to me and have no urge to do mods yet, not the same with my woody SR-225 and Ypsilon drivers.

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Hey folks, anyone experience a broken sennheiser hd800 after warranty? In the forums I see a lot of issues with audeze and Hifiman qc but not with sennheisers. I'm just curious to the price of drivers or cables break with the hd800s. Can anyone provide any insight into cost? Tyvm.
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Hey folks, anyone experience a broken sennheiser hd800 after warranty? In the forums I see a lot of issues with audeze and Hifiman qc but not with sennheisers. I'm just curious to the price of drivers or cables break with the hd800s. Can anyone provide any insight into cost? Tyvm.

Replacement drivers are $210 each. Not sure if they match them for you or if you have to buy matched pairs. I'm guessing those options would come out to roughly $300 and $500, respectively, with installation service.

The stock cable sells for $300 from dealers, but you can find them used on the sale forum for about $125 or so. If your stock cable does break though, do yourself a favor and get an aftermarket replacement from Norne, WyWires, Double Helix, DanaCable or one of the other well-regarded cable makers. The HD800 is so much better than the boring, flat, shrill stock cable allows it to be.
post #23181 of 23190

I bought a stock cable from Sennheiser in 2014 for $214.  I checked on Sennheiser's website, and called them about after warranty service.  The only service they would provide was a $400 flat repair fee.  My serial 6xx were still working really well, but were missing paint, and the cables were broken, so I decided to send them in.  Biggest regret of my life.  They didn't even repair my phones.  They just sent a replacement SN41XXX headphone instead.

 

Does anyone know if Sennheiser changed their production process on the HD800?   The replacement headphone sounds different than my original.


Edited by NWRain - 7/27/16 at 10:31pm
post #23182 of 23190

There is Always unit to unit variation.

Do you have the response curve for your original 800's?

And you should be able to request the curve for your replacements as well.

 

Comparing these 2 graphs will mostly tell you what has changed.

Sort of.

At least it's a place to start.

 

JJ

post #23183 of 23190

And unless you like loose connectors and slow service, avoid Venus Audio.

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And unless you like loose connectors and slow service, avoid Venus Audio.


I haven't had problems with loose connectors. Definitely not speedy service, but the three cables I have/had hold up fine.

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I haven't had problems with loose connectors. Definitely not speedy service, but the three cables I have/had hold up fine.


I also haven't had any quality issues with the 3 cables I've purchased, but it's a slow service for sure. Even when messaging on eBay, the response is slow.
post #23186 of 23190
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I also haven't had any quality issues with the 3 cables I've purchased, but it's a slow service for sure. Even when messaging on eBay, the response is slow.


This actually worked in my favour - I wanted a different cable than I initially asked for and they switched it!

post #23187 of 23190
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And unless you like loose connectors and slow service, avoid Venus Audio.

The HD-800 cable from them is great, sold it after I built my own and the other 3 cables (2 hifiman, 1 HD-6xx) all worked great, only have one of the hifiman left, sold the other 2 since I have been building my own.  I guess every one has different experiences with various sellers.

post #23188 of 23190

Yup .Very good experience with Venus Audio as well. Very well built cable. Very resistant despite the fact I'm not careful at all with this poor cable. 

post #23189 of 23190
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Originally Posted by petezjunior View Post

Hey folks, anyone experience a broken sennheiser hd800 after warranty? In the forums I see a lot of issues with audeze and Hifiman qc but not with sennheisers. I'm just curious to the price of drivers or cables break with the hd800s. Can anyone provide any insight into cost? Tyvm.


If you are reasonably careful handling the HD800 (not dropping it or yanking the cable, or stepping on it) then it just doesn't break.;)

Therefore there isn't a lot of talk on issues with the HD800.

post #23190 of 23190
Just moved from Sennheiser single-ended stock cable, driven by Lehmann Linear Black. I loved the warmth of this combination, and it was extremely listenable. Very warm, and easy-going.
But I was curious to see how far I could push the HD800's...
Now listening to them via Cardas balanced cable, driven by Musical Fidelity MX-HPA. WOW!
Everything is now 'tightened up'. The slightly flabby bass has gone, and is taught and precise. The slightly muddy soundstage is now clear-as-a-bell, and this combination is a clear improvement.
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