Well some people just don't get the "soul" thing, while for other it's obvious. Let's say that it's easier to explain what's right on the hd800, than what's wrong;
so you end up with "mystical words" like soulless , that are are as vague as possible. For some reason , the hd800 have a presentation that doesn't necessarily trigger the pleasure.
I'm personally more happy with my last eq with hd800; you'd think that adding small amounts, like 2 db here and there doesn't have much impact, but actually it does. And this is within the variations, that sennheiser show in the measurements sent to people. Perhaps the hd800 are relatively neutral, but the little variations on freq response , doesn't please everyone (add to this the lack of aggression). And off course, it could be neutral that doesn't please.
I've noticed something interesting when comparing the srh940, sony mdr-v6 and mdr-z1000 : they all have a peak near 9k-10k, and a hole before. The sony mdr-v6 is relatively popular, and I noticed that in the "superior" model, the mdr-z1000 , that the hole and peak are even more exaggerated (probably the engineers thought that it would please more). Similarly the srh940 that I like, have that 9k peak. The hd800 doesn't have kind of well marked peak near 9k, perhaps this affect my taste . But again, it only takes for me a 2 db variation with eq, to make thing more or less enjoyable.
And finally perhaps a relevant thread would be
You'd see people favoring some headphones, while knowing they are not the "best" in their collection.
Edited by extrabigmehdi - 7/17/13 at 9:56am