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post #3466 of 19851
Thats great. Whatever works for you biggrin.gif
Edited by palmfish - 6/28/13 at 11:19am
post #3467 of 19851
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

For me, if a headphone can make a violin sound real (attack, tone, decay, etc.) then it can do any genre well.

 

Violin only exists in the mid range.  It's not a test of bass or treble.

post #3468 of 19851
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It's not a test of bass or treble.

Obviously. I didnt mean to infer that I think a violin recording is all that is needed to evaluate the entire range of headphone performance.

Actually, I mentioned the violin because it is a particularly difficult instrument for a transducer to reproduce naturally.
Edited by palmfish - 6/28/13 at 11:54am
post #3469 of 19851

Better yet, bring what you normally listen to and have them play that.  That's the best way to see if you like them.  Having them play a genre 'just because' means nothing (to me) if its not what you will be listening to the majority of your time. 

post #3470 of 19851
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

Better yet, bring what you normally listen to and have them play that.  That's the best way to see if you like them.  Having them play a genre 'just because' means nothing (to me) if its not what you will be listening to the majority of your time. 

Yup that makes sense to me. But I suppose having your existing headphones with you that you are very familiar with would also make sense. 

 

Just my two sense :D beerchug.gif

post #3471 of 19851

WHile I prefer HE6 on Techno, HD800 is not far behind. Hooked up to my Sonett or F3 it has plenty of bass weight. Besides, good techno music will have amazing layering of sounds that lays out awesome complex sonic tapestry. HD800 is great at show you that tapestry clearly!

 

But ofcourse classical is the best to assess tonality. Much of rock music is not that great to that just like EDM or IDM. my 2 cents.


Edited by Cante Ista - 6/28/13 at 1:44pm
post #3472 of 19851
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Yup that makes sense to me. But I suppose having your existing headphones with you that you are very familiar with would also make sense. 

 

Just my two sense :D beerchug.gif

Certainly, for comparisons sake that makes sense, but it still comes down to what you hear in the phones you are testing.  Playing the test phones on your own rig would be best.

post #3473 of 19851

The HD800 don't blow you away.. they grow on you.  They just keep on getting better and better.  I found that a headphones that blew me away initially ended up grating on me in the long term. For me, HE400, HD650 are case in point.  I've heard the HD800 a number of times over the years and really didn't like them much until I owned many others.  Only then could I appreciate them. Also, they are the only headphones that I find non-fatiguing over longer listening sessions.

 

$1100 is an awesome price!

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Nonetheless, my short experience with the HD800 was quite enlightening, and although I wasn't as blown away as I was when I first heard the HE400, I was very impressed. The HD800 had an overall very immersive feel to it.

 

Another thing, they said that they had the HD800 on sale for $1100, which is $400 less than the current amazon price. I'm not sure whether that's a good price for it, but even if it is, I still wouldn't be able to afford it. Perhaps I'll need to sell my soul for it... or not. evil_smiley.gif

post #3474 of 19851
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

Certainly, for comparisons sake that makes sense, but it still comes down to what you hear in the phones you are testing.  Playing the test phones on your own rig would be best.

Agreed. The ideal is taking the phones home and testing on your own rig with your fave music. Because even if you take your fave tester cd to the store, you would still be playing it on equipment that you aren't familiar with.

post #3475 of 19851
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

The HD800 don't blow you away.. they grow on you.  They just keep on getting better and better.  I found that a headphones that blew me away initially ended up grating on me in the long term. For me, HE400, HD650 are case in point.  I've heard the HD800 a number of times over the years and really didn't like them much until I owned many others.  Only then could I appreciate them. Also, they are the only headphones that I find non-fatiguing over longer listening sessions.

 

$1100 is an awesome price!

Thats something that you don't read very often on here. But I agree. Once you find an amp that feeds them what they want, they are so linear that nothing irritates you over long periods unless you are listening to annoying music or harsh recordings. Other headphones that are labelled as 'less fatiguing' I'm now finding were more annoying over long periods than the HD800's. The HE500's with their hump and odd treble peaks... LCD2's.. Boom boom boom.. headache styley  ; The only other headphone that is as none fatiguing over long listening sessions imo is of course the 650's. But the chances of falling asleep are much higher. 

 

and of course there is the comfort factor.

 

$1100 ! you'd be lucky to get a 2 year old 2nd hand pair for that price. Snap em up and don't look back!  

post #3476 of 19851

I feel quite lucky to have gotten my NIB HD800 for $900 (from a friend of a friend in the audio biz).

 

:-)

 

That being said.. $1100 is a great price for them and I'd gladly pay that if I had to.

 

..and, I too find the HD800 quite non-fatiguing (both from a comfort and acoustic standpoint) over long term listening sessions.  Your upstream gear matters here.. but match it well and I feel like I can listen to them forever.. even with "less than ideally" recorded music.

post #3477 of 19851

I love my HD800 but linear, not so much.  The treble peak is the treble peak.  On some songs, complete non issue because nothing is going on in that range, on others it's bad.  Easiest way to find it... play some pink noise.  Can't miss it.  But the HD800 does things no other headphone does, soundstage, unapologetic resolution and detail.

post #3478 of 19851

Nothing is perfect, but is there another headphone more linear without getting into top Stax territory?  

post #3479 of 19851

Got a PM from coloware they are repainting hD800 for 299.00 if anyone is interested

post #3480 of 19851
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Originally Posted by Cante Ista View Post

Besides, good techno music will have amazing layering of sounds that lays out awesome complex sonic tapestry. HD800 is great at show you that tapestry clearly!

 

Any techno album you particularly enjoyed with the hd800 ?

So far I enjoyed the album Richie Hawtin -  DE9.Transitions on the HD800,  minimal techno if you like to pay attention to little details.

But I  like also hard hitting bass to insane levels,  and for this I prefer  Iems.

 

@MickeyVee View Post

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They are the only headphones that I find non-fatiguing over longer listening sessions.

A bit surprising.

 

By the way, how do you find the sibilance on this track with the hd800 ?

It's in french, but the sssss are largely resonating.

 

 


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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

Better yet, bring what you normally listen to and have them play that.  That's the best way to see if you like them.  Having them play a genre 'just because' means nothing (to me) if its not what you will be listening to the majority of your time. 

Well, if a headphone perform particularly well for a genre , you might become more curious for that genre.


Edited by extrabigmehdi - 6/28/13 at 4:18pm
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