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post #286 of 19558

I thought the HD800s were ugly too-until I bought them. IMO, pics can't do them justice as far as their build quality and totl materials used. Much, much better and luxurious almost in person. I also couldn't stand them til I heard them from my ZDSE. tongue_smile.gif

 

-Daniel

post #287 of 19558
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Originally Posted by BournePerfect View Post

I thought the HD800s were ugly too-until I bought them. IMO, pics can't do them justice as far as their build quality and totl materials used.

 

-Daniel

 

Agreed 1000%... LCD-2 actually look and feel so small next to them.

post #288 of 19558

I just purchased the AKG K 702 from HeadRoom. They should be delivered this Wednesday or Friday at the latest. My understanding is that the K 702 competes with the HD-800 except in terms of resolution and sound stage dimensions. I still don't know if I'll get the HD-800s, but I'll put it off until Christmas.

post #289 of 19558
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I just purchased the AKG K 702 from HeadRoom. They should be delivered this Wednesday or Friday at the latest. My understanding is that the K 702 competes with the HD-800 except in terms of resolution and sound stage dimensions. I still don't know if I'll get the HD-800s, but I'll put it off until Christmas.

 

I don't think it really competes, but it is a pretty nice headphone regardless with a similarly bright tuning. I would call it a good value. You probably have to step up to electrostatics and high-end orthos (HE-6) before you can consider competing from a performance perspective. I have never heard another dynamic do even close to what the HD800 can do.

post #290 of 19558
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My understanding is that the K 702 competes with the HD-800 except in terms of resolution and sound stage dimensions.

 

The AKG competed with the HD600/650, it does not play in the same waters as the HD800.  Headphones that do are the HE-6, LCD-3 and SR-007/009.

post #291 of 19558
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Originally Posted by Leslie Dorner View Post

I just purchased the AKG K 702 from HeadRoom. They should be delivered this Wednesday or Friday at the latest. My understanding is that the K 702 competes with the HD-800 except in terms of resolution and sound stage dimensions. I still don't know if I'll get the HD-800s, but I'll put it off until Christmas.

 

Did you get the AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition?

post #292 of 19558

I got the regular AKG K 702.

post #293 of 19558
Currently burning in my brand new pair with some Tool biggrin.gif. I've waited a long time to join the club. Loving them so far!
post #294 of 19558

I just don't get the bright comments. The HD800's are music to my ears. Friggin love them. Love the LCD-2 as well, very different animal. think I need to own both. Have only listened to them with the BHA-1.

 

Have also tried PS1000's and HE-500, both obviously great headphones but no match for the other two.

 

Have Bryston modifying a pair of HD800's so I can try them with the BHA's balanced output. Looking forward to that.

post #295 of 19558
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Currently burning in my brand new pair with some Tool biggrin.gif. I've waited a long time to join the club. Loving them so far!

 

Congrats. Tool + HD800 = Eargasm

post #296 of 19558

Everyone has different hearing...

 

I could say "I just don't get why anyone would get AKG K702 because it sounds like trash," but then everyone hears differently, and many Head-Fiers would start hating on me as well, and I might have to go cry to my mommie because some online jerks are being meanies.

 

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I just don't get the bright comments.


Edited by Girls Generation - 2/25/13 at 9:41pm
post #297 of 19558
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Everyone has different hearing...

 

I could say "I just don't get why anyone would get AKG K702 because it sounds like trash," but then everyone hears differently, and many Head-Fiers would start hating on me as well, and I might have to go cry to my mommie because some online jerks are being meanies.

 

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I just don't get the bright comments.

I love when people use this language online. Seriously, it always makes me laugh:) Thanks.

post #298 of 19558

I received my new HD800's about 2 weeks ago (S/N: 19922) fully expecting to send them back for a refund because my main music genre's are rock and metal. However they are going nowhere.

 

I have no idea if the theory of a newer improved HD800's are true or not but what I am hearing is pretty special.

 

Bass is superb, very deep, fast, tight and with plenty of impact. It might not go quite as deep or be as full bodied as the LCD2.2's bass but does not have the sense of congestion that the LCD's can have in the bass department. PRaT is excelent and very 'foot tapping'.

 

Mid-range is quite forward with great clarity and vocals are quite close and intimate, which I love, and instruments can also have great presence and are very vivid. Vocal also have stunning clarity and realism. The mid-range is not thin or unnatural in any way.

 

The hf's seem very extended but also clean and lively, adding a lot of excitement to recordings. Lead guitar solo's are stunning. Soaring with clarity, precision and speed.

 

A lot has been said of the HD800's sound staging, much to the detriment of rock/metal/pop music, however I find the sound stage to be just right. Recordings are not subjected to artificial sound stage enlargement just very accurate and real positioning and layering.

 

The only downside I have at the moment is that sibilance can be an issue on recordings that I know are prone to it, maybe more burn in and a cable upgrade in the future will improve that but it's not a major issue.

 

I would like to state that at the moment the HD800's are being used single ended out of my balanced amp which is not ideal. I will upgrade to a better, never been a fan of silver plated copper, balanced cable in the near future when I expect the HD800's to take another lead forward.

 

So in short I find the HD800 far better than expected and many of the reviews are totally of the mark. The HD800's are not just an exceptional headphone but also an exceptional rock/metal phone, assuming the source/amp are up to the job. biggrin.gif

post #299 of 19558
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

I received my new HD800's about 2 weeks ago (S/N: 19922) fully expecting to send them back for a refund because my main music genre's are rock and metal. However they are going nowhere.

 

I have no idea if the theory of a newer improved HD800's are true or not but what I am hearing is pretty special.

 

Bass is superb, very deep, fast, tight and with plenty of impact. It might not go quite as deep or be as full bodied as the LCD2.2's bass but does not have the sense of congestion that the LCD's can have in the bass department. PRaT is excelent and very 'foot tapping'.

 

Mid-range is quite forward with great clarity and vocals are quite close and intimate, which I love, and instruments can also have great presence and are very vivid. Vocal also have stunning clarity and realism. The mid-range is not thin or unnatural in any way.

 

The hf's seem very extended but also clean and lively, adding a lot of excitement to recordings. Lead guitar solo's are stunning. Soaring with clarity, precision and speed.

 

A lot has been said of the HD800's sound staging, much to the detriment of rock/metal/pop music, however I find the sound stage to be just right. Recordings are not subjected to artificial sound stage enlargement just very accurate and real positioning and layering.

 

The only downside I have at the moment is that sibilance can be an issue on recordings that I know are prone to it, maybe more burn in and a cable upgrade in the future will improve that but it's not a major issue.

 

I would like to state that at the moment the HD800's are being used single ended out of my balanced amp which is not ideal. I will upgrade to a better, never been a fan of silver plated copper, balanced cable in the near future when I expect the HD800's to take another lead forward.

 

So in short I find the HD800 far better than expected and many of the reviews are totally of the mark. The HD800's are not just an exceptional headphone but also an exceptional rock/metal phone, assuming the source/amp are up to the job. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

I'm assuming your using the Master 6?  If this is the case being as both the Master 6 and the HD800 are very revealing - if the sibilance is in the recording the amp and headphones are doing their job.  Both will give you whats on the recording.  Maybe try using a pure copper cable.

post #300 of 19558


 he only downside I have at the moment is that sibilance can be an issue on recordings that I know are prone to it,  

 

 

 

 

 

Glad you enjoying the hd800. They have been my reference headphones and they are special indeed. The copper cable upgrade is well worth the money for them and I am still very impressed by the headphone. it is ruthlessly revealing an  if the recording is poor it is unforgiving but in the end it the best headphone I own out distancing everything else I have tried and its a special headphone.  Its a nice addition and for most genre there is no better all rounder. 


Edited by Frank I - 2/26/13 at 4:19am
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