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i think there is quite a difference between hd800s, there are bright ones, and may i say dark ones as well, with my i didn't experience any brightness, even at pot to the metal, v800 xlr  to v200, see graph in my pics

 

while the one i auditioned at the local dealer store was quite sparkly, but not harsh, unlike the t1 which is on the harsh side in the peak region, all from v800 v200

 

i received the hd800 with the "peaky" graph, and must say they sound the same as the "flat" graph one i had (on the same violectric setup, same tracks), which is IMO just a proof that burning em in matters, i most categorically exclude from my experience that different hd800 may sound perceivably different (after a good burn in ofc) :beerchug:

 

:) HD800 crafted to perfection, after 3 hd800 i can do nothing but approve !

 

 

 

 

which ofc means i'm back in the club

i took a shot of the "new" pair but than i saw little bottle of alcohol in the background, is it legal to post such photos here? :ph34r:   :)    :ph34r:


Edited by roskodan - 11/9/13 at 2:32pm
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Timbre is simply a function of the amplitude and phase of overtones. These are the criteria that cause your ear to differentiate between an A on a trumpet and an A (in the same octave) played on a piano - or, in a more subtle example - between a realistic sounding note on a piano vs one that sounds badly reproduced. Overtones and harmonics are synonyms ... which is the basis for my reference above to amp topologies and the effect on harmonics. For example, some single ended tube designs tend to have more second order harmonic distortion which is, in modest amounts, often perceived as pleasing, filling out the sound. As a stark contrast, some ss designs use heavy global feedback to reduce noise and output impedance, but this can, depending on implementation, create disproportionate high order distortion which alters timbre in a far less pleasing way.

This is a long winded way of saying I agree with those above who assert that the selection of your source and amp is of considerable importance in getting pleasing FR and timbre from hd800s, particularly given their 6k peak which is right in the range that will effect easily audible low order harmonics.

It is a function of careful selection not dollars spent. Find an opportunity to try the hd800s with a bh crack with speedball and an odac (or any other competent cheap dac) for example. Half the cost of a WA2 and a much much better match to my ears (and many others it would seem per the crack thread).

Presently waiting on a replacement transistor to complete my bh mainline. While objectively a far better amp, I am very curious to see if I ultimately prefer it to my crack on the overall subjective scale of enjoyability.

 

Im anxious to hear what you think. When I compared the Mainline and Crack (w/Speedball) side by side, I preferred the Crack. It was just a little warmer and more musical sounding to my ears.

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Anyone here try the Sennheiser HDVD 800 with these phones? If so, what were your impressions? I'm considering upgrading my Schitt Lyr for the HDVD 800. Need some advice.
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After admiring the hd800 from afar for a very long time, I will finally get to hear them this coming week on loan. Very excited!! :biggrin:

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After admiring the hd800 from afar for a very long time, I will finally get to hear them this coming week on loan. Very excited!! biggrin.gif


Incredibly comfortable, the hd800s are my only set now that I've sold my audezes due to the awful headband.

Going to try a bottlehead + speedball next, supposed to be an incredible combo on the cheap.
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Anyone here try the Sennheiser HDVD 800 with these phones? If so, what were your impressions? I'm considering upgrading my Schitt Lyr for the HDVD 800. Need some advice.

you mean the hd800 on the hdvd800?

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Anyone here try the Sennheiser HDVD 800 with these phones? If so, what were your impressions? I'm considering upgrading my Schitt Lyr for the HDVD 800. Need some advice.

you mean the hd800 on the hdvd800?


isn't it obvious, it's the hd800 appreciation thread, now with all due respect... go make beer... http://www.head-fi.org/t/529140/show-us-your-head-fi-station-at-its-current-state-no-old-pictures-please/15735#post_9965186

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isn't it obvious, it's the hd800 appreciation thread, now with all due respect... go make beer... http://www.head-fi.org/t/529140/show-us-your-head-fi-station-at-its-current-state-no-old-pictures-please/15735#post_9965186

wasn't obvious to me he said these phones. I have heard the HD800 with HDVD800 and it sounds great. 

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i know i just took advantage to advertise my new hd800 photo, and make a joke with it, since you are from Ireland... hahaha... i'm so funny... hahaha

 

edit: guess there is more than one GrumpyHero on this forum :) <- this is a joke too, you see there is a smiley, so you know

 

edit: Cheers !!!


Edited by roskodan - 11/9/13 at 6:39pm
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i know i just took advantage to advertise my new hd800 photo, and make a joke with it, since you are from Ireland... hahaha... i'm so funny... hahaha

 

edit: guess there is more than one GrumpyHero on this forum :) <- this is a joke too, you see there is a smiley, so you know

 

edit: Cheers !!!

:biggrin:.........no bother, i actually have a horrible pain in my stomach from drinking dodgy beer. 

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Quote: by Rosko Dan
 Dodgy Irish beer
the final tuning touch
for my German gear

this is not a joke, it's a haiku

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Originally Posted by macbob713 View Post

Anyone here try the Sennheiser HDVD 800 with these phones? If so, what were your impressions? I'm considering upgrading my Schitt Lyr for the HDVD 800. Need some advice.

Youre better off getting the HDVA600 and pairing that with your preferred dac 

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Youre better off getting the HDVA600 and pairing that with your preferred dac 

I also did that with the nad m51

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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post

you mean the hd800 on the hdvd800?
Yes, sorry for not being more specific. I listen to primarily cd's and SACD's from a Sony XA5400ES CD player, so a Dac isn't that important to me at this time.
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So, how do you guys find timbre of HD800 in comparison of other headphones' timbre?

 

I`m questioning the validity of the term `timbre` to evaluate audio gear.  I`ve just read through a few dictionary definitions and wikipedia, and the following quote sums up my skepticism:

 

 Timbre is..."...the psychoacoustician's multidimensional waste-basket category for everything that cannot be labeled pitch or loudness."

 

It seems the term most acurately applies to human hearing`s ability to distinguish between sound sources that are producing the same quantitative sound, for example a trumpet and trombone playing the same notes, or two different pianos playing the same notes...   Also the abitliy to recognize and distinguish between human voices...   My understanding is that it does not represent a quality that itself can be said to be either good or bad, natural or unnatural.  

 

I may be wrong. 

 

Anyway I`m going back to listening to my HD800s.  I just love the fluxtion of these headphones.  Vastly superior to the fluxtion of any other headphone, IMO.  

 

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