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post #7141 of 24348
I prefer HD800 for all genres. HE-500 is boring, but decent. Good at everything, great at nothing. T1 is bad for all genres.
post #7142 of 24348
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Verry true indeed, with this two phones you are covereing nearly every need (well one portable is lacking). If your on a budget and listen only to pop rock the T1 is the best solution.

 



I vastly prefer pop rock with the HD800 compared to the T1 so much so I sold the T1. I realised the sound I wanted was the sound of the HD800. Each to their own though, but the T1 sounds metallic and has less space than the HD800.
You only have to look at the resale value of both phones to see what phone has the better reputation
post #7143 of 24348

I don't think we'll be able to nail which headphone is better ALL THE TIME for genres.  Maybe for some recordings and groups.  Even within genres I can't nail down which is better between my Alpha Dog and HD800.  I thought it would be a slam dunk with all vocals going to sound better on the Alpha Dog.  Nope.  I've owned the HE-500 and LCD-2 rev1/rev2.  I thought the HE-500 might be the best out of the crop for jazz, but the HD800 is no slouch for well-recorded modern jazz.  

 

I would say the HD-800 is a BMW M5 and the HE-500 a Chevy Corvette ;) 

 

And on top of all of this, the HD-800 is burning in my brain nicely.  I may be able to talk myself out of the various mods people do to this headphone and use it as is.  I wonder what the mod rate is for this headphone and how it varies based on tube vs SS amp.

post #7144 of 24348
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post

I prefer HD800 for all genres. HE-500 is boring, but decent. Good at everything, great at nothing. T1 is bad for all genres.

 



I also prefer the HD800 all genres. It takes time to appreciate this phone and the cost justifies investing a lot of time listening to music with these phones.
post #7145 of 24348
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I don't think we'll be able to nail which headphone is better ALL THE TIME for genres.  Maybe for some recordings and groups.  Even within genres I can't nail down which is better between my Alpha Dog and HD800.  I thought it would be a slam dunk with all vocals going to sound better on the Alpha Dog.  Nope.  I've owned the HE-500 and LCD-2 rev1/rev2.  I thought the HE-500 might be the best out of the crop for jazz, but the HD800 is no slouch for well-recorded modern jazz.  

 

I would say the HD-800 is a BMW M5 and the HE-500 a Chevy Corvette ;) 

 

And on top of all of this, the HD-800 is burning in my brain nicely.  I may be able to talk myself out of the various mods people do to this headphone and use it as is.  I wonder what the mod rate is for this headphone and how it varies based on tube vs SS amp.

 

No, I would say the HD800 is more like this  ;)

 

post #7146 of 24348

x2.  $$$$.  Some headphones you love right away.  Some you hate but then grow to love.  Some are just boring from start to finish.  Some you sell to quick.  Some not quick enough.  I liked the HD800 a lot at start but growing on me more each day which is only like one week for me :)  Anybody else consider the Alpha Dog the closed version of the HD800?  Naturally the HD800 does some special things as an open headphone but both have neutral/flat response with very good detail.  If you like the HD800 I think you'll like the Alpha Dog.  Maybe just me.  

 

 

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I also prefer the HD800 all genres. It takes time to appreciate this phone and the cost justifies investing a lot of time listening to music with these phones.
post #7147 of 24348

Good to know I'm one step closer to a Ferrari :p.  Assuming that is a Ferrari.  Kind of looks like Lambo but this is out of my realm.  Maybe my next hobby.    

 

 

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No, I would say the HD800 is more like this  ;)

 

post #7148 of 24348

Cannot tell the Alpha Dog is a closed version of the HD800, but I do like the Alpha Dog.

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Cool, i have heard this before but have never heard a good planar. I was interested in the LCD2 but i dont think i would give them the attention that they deserve with the T1 and HD800 around. I would have to get a top tier planar like LCD3 or HE6 but that is a long way off for now - i would have to go solid state for that i think but i  am planning on building a RJM audio Sapphire sometime this year - i wonder would the LCD3 sound good out of this? - maybe not? 

The LCD2 is actually a nice contrast to the HD800. I think most peeps either prefer an LCD3 or HD800 but not many keep both, same with the HE6. 

 

If you are looking for a great hp for classic Jazz I thought the LCD2 really excelled. Modern Jazz from the likes of ECM, ACT, Cleanfeed labels, the Senn's are better though imo. 

 

I would also still recommend the HD650 for Miles, Coltrane etc - older harsher recordings

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No, I would say the HD800 is more like this  " src="http://files.head-fi.org/images/smilies/wink.gif">

 

 



Give it 6 months and see if your opinion changes, the alpha dogs sound like they're quite some headphone from your findings though. I shall keep a look out for them at the head fi meets.
post #7151 of 24348
As much as I love my HD800 it would never be my only phone. Some music I really like are bad recordings. So you need a second be it LCD2, HE500, D5000, GS1000i or HD650 which I all own/ed.
Edited by cucera - 1/2/14 at 12:05am
post #7152 of 24348

It’s hard to say an orthos’ sound signature is same as a dynamic headphones. in overall the orthos are better for electronic music and the dynamic phones for acoustic music, IMO. 


Edited by pdrm360 - 1/2/14 at 12:13am
post #7153 of 24348
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As much as I love my HD800 it would never be my only phone. Some music I really like are bad recordings. So you need a second be it LCD2, HE500, D5000, GS1000i or HD650 which I all own/ed.

 



Some really nice 2nd headphones there. Which poor recordings favour these alternatives? I would like to see how my ears cope with them. Maybe I'm more tolerant because I have only 1 over the ear headphone
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Cannot tell the Alpha Dog is a closed version of the HD800, but I do like the Alpha Dog.

It isn't remotely close. The Alphas are good for what they are, but they are radically different sounding from the HD800.

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I heard the HD800 2-3 times before I bought them and while I didn't think they sounded bad, I wasn't all that impressed. In fact, every meet I heard them at, I picked other headphones as best in show. The meet before I bought them I actually went full on IEM/CIEM, then SR-007 MK1, and only after that did I recall I thought the HD800 had potential. A few online friends who also owned the CIEM I had picked out and loved (UERM) also owned HD800s so I gave them another try. At first I thought they were still good, but they hadn't solidified a spot yet. I was using a WA6 at the time, then I got both the Schiit Mjolnir and Bryston BHA-1, where the HD800s really opened up and convinced me of their superiority over all other headphones save HE90. Changing my DAC, and then hearing my HD800 with my DAC and the Headamp GS-X 2 gave me sound that amazed with it's utter plainness, so natural, yet delicate. The only upgrade possible, IMO, in headphones would be an angled driver electrostat with similar balance as HE90/HD800*, or a CIEM with electrostat resolution and HE90/HD800* balance.

* - I am aware the HD800 is a brighter balance and HE90 is a warmer balance. Mix the two and you have fantastic sound.
post #7155 of 24348
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Originally Posted by cucera View Post

As much as I love my HD800 it would never be my only phone. Some music I really like are bad recordings. So you need a second be it LCD2, HE500, D5000, GS1000i or HD650 which I all own/ed.

 



Some really nice 2nd headphones there. Which poor recordings favour these alternatives? I would like to see how my ears cope with them. Maybe I'm more tolerant because I have only 1 over the ear headphone

Well most pop/rock recordings. Try to listen to Red hot chillie peppers Californication with HD800 and your ears will bleed.
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