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Well this makes four straight nights that I've stayed up past 4am listening through HD800 since the day I got them, and I got work the next morning each day other than new years day. You can probably guess I like them.
Neat trick, I find every aspect of the HD800 improves when I wear them properly.
I realized the headband wasn't sitting squarely on my head (more at an angle). When I made the adjustment, the whole sound tightened up. My rig still isn't quite right for them (highs too harsh, a bit of muddiness in the low mids), but the fun factor and imaging with them improved a lot, despite the imperfections.
Heres a funny one.. one of my students has a friend (both in high school) who bought the HD800s because he assumed that at the price of $1,500, he would be getting one of the best headphones in the world. Hes not wrong about the HD800s being one of the best, except that was a lucky guess and he actually doesn't know much else about audio. Currently running his HD800s off his iphone/PC audio jack..
Well, to be fair, there is sticker shock involved for people when you get into sources/amps/DAC's to go with those $1500 headphones. And most people probably have used their PC audio jacks for most everything else.
Ignorance is bliss. What yanks my chain is people that listen to the awful speakers on smartphones, where the music is barely recognizable.
DAC's are foreign concepts to most people, they need explanation. They are like a forgotten/unknown step in the chain. I had to learn the hard way, wondering why $1500 headphones and a bunch of $1000+ amps sounded so flat and lifeless (I was auditioning them on CD players, where the DAC was probably an afterthought). I know better now. *hugs Dac-It*
Lol. Well, Ive been called a "retard" because I spent 1k+ on headphones that he believes sound exactly and no different than his 40.00 skullcandy because he has no idea that Im plugging the HD800 into a amp thats hooked up to a dedicated source. He thought the only source ever to exist to mankind up to that day was the 3.5mm jack of the computer. I almost jumped off a cliff that day.
Haha.. yeah I was browsing headfi and my student said "Wait! My friend has those!" (pointing at the HD800s) My first thought was impossible.. he must have them confused with another pair. Then he goes on to say don't they cost $1500? Definitely a shocker.
I'll probably run into the student who actually owns the HD800s on Monday. I'll strike up a convo with him haha.