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I don't understand the reasoning behind the requirement that both headphones be of similar "standard" to be complimentary. The real test of a headphone is the extent to which I'm drawn into the music, not necessarily how technically proficient the transducers are. The HD650 excels in this department. It also is different enough in terms of signature that, IMO, it makes for a good complimentary headphone to the HD800.

Your standards must make listening to music such a chore - if the HD650 is so inferior that its redeeming qualities can be dismissed. I'd hate to have that ailment.

 

+1 :beerchug:  . 

 

I don't think that HD650 is so far from HD800  SQ speaking and these cans are different enough to compliment themselves IME (I had a loaned pair of HD650 in order to compare it to my HD580) . When i Purchased my HD800 I really thought i would keep my 580 as compliment. but I was surprised to see that my HD800 can finally replace completely my 580. I never miss this HD580 but I still miss a forgiving (but good) can to compliment my 800 and my sig pro . I really think a HD650 is one of the more qualified candidates for this purpose. 

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IMHO the TH 900 are good complimentary phones to the HD 800. EDM Fun vs Classical Sober :) . I do not feel any drop in quality when I move from the HD 800 to Th 900 , just a diff sound signature.

 

+1

 

Exactly the point of a complimentary can.


Edited by nigeljames - 1/25/14 at 7:23am
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^ Peas are a complimentary to steak but one tastes a hell of a lot better than the other... :D 

 

 

(soz bud, I just love stupid metaphors:)

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I have both and it suits my listening preferences. Having a smaller (soundstage) and a more easy listening hp along side the huge technical mastery of the mighty one can be a welcoming contrast. If it doesn't sound great on one then it will on the other. Plus, and this may sound daft but using a less technical hp for a while makes you really appreciate the HD800 even more. If all you ever listen to is the best, then you stop appreciating it as much and start to look for flaws haha its the nature of this hobby! 

 

I tend to listen to my hD600 in bed as it is light and more comfortable when lying down. When I'm easy listening... Taking it easy. You get the picture :)

 

The HD650 are a little darker and would be more of a contrast and probably the better compliment to the HD800 but I could easily recommend both. I couldn't imagine owing the HE500 and HD800 because they are both too similar on a technical level and balance, only one is much better imo. You know the HD6X0 are past flagships. You know they aren't as technically proficient as the younger HD800's, But you love them like the older Uncle(650)/Grandad(600) that they are!

 

If you are using an OTL amp - stay clear of planar :)  

 

Thanks for the detailed thoughts mate, this really helps me (emptying my wallet?) making up my mind :D

 

In the past I always despised the HD650 with irrational hatred since every amp I tried with it can't lift its veil IMO. But the last time I tried it with both the WA3 and WA6 it doesn't sound too bad after all, in fact I might as far say I kinda liked it. Not as much as I liked the HD600, but pretty good nonetheless.

 

I am actually very intrigued to get the LCD-2 to complement these, but like you said, if I am using an OTL amp perhaps it is best if I stay away from it. It would also save me some money, a win-win situation I guess.

 

One question though, do your HD6x0 really get much time around your head with the presence of HD800?

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I take the HD650's with me on the road and have the HD800's at home. I also have Toxic cables for both. They each have a place in my listening routine.

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^ Peas are a complimentary to steak but one tastes a hell of a lot better than the other... :D 

 

 

(soz bud, I just love stupid metaphors:)

 

Not if you are a vegetarian!!  :wink:

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By the way, does anyone know how would direct sunlight exposure affect HD800's paint? I heard numerous people having problems with its paint, would this factor contribute to the problem?

 

Anyone?

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By the way, does anyone know how would direct sunlight exposure affect HD800's paint? I heard numerous people having problems with its paint, would this factor contribute to the problem?

 

Anyone?

After a year my paint is undamaged, so I cannot say.

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One question though, do your HD6x0 really get much time around your head with the presence of HD800?

Because I own 4 cans now, I rotate through them all. But the HD800 will always be my go to can and they do get most of my head time. If I only had 800 and 600 it would be about 70/30 to out a crude figure in it :) 

 

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Not if you are a vegetarian!!  :wink:

Hahah touche'! 

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I don't understand the reasoning behind the requirement that both headphones be of similar "standard" to be complimentary. The real test of a headphone is the extent to which I'm drawn into the music, not necessarily how technically proficient the transducers are. The HD650 excels in this department. It also is different enough in terms of signature that, IMO, it makes for a good complimentary headphone to the HD800.

Your standards must make listening to music such a chore - if the HD650 is so inferior that its redeeming qualities can be dismissed. I'd hate to have that ailment.

+1 :beerchug:  . 

 

I don't think that HD650 is so far from HD800  SQ speaking and these cans are different enough to compliment themselves IME (I had a loaned pair of HD650 in order to compare it to my HD580) . When i Purchased my HD800 I really thought i would keep my 580 as compliment. but I was surprised to see that my HD800 can finally replace completely my 580. I never miss this HD580 but I still miss a forgiving (but good) can to compliment my 800 and my sig pro . I really think a HD650 is one of the more qualified candidates for this purpose. 

+2 :beerchug:

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One question though, do your HD6x0 really get much time around your head with the presence of HD800?

 

Yes, I spend almost same time on them. 

post #7662 of 24290

I tend to spend a week or two with one before switching back to the other. It's cleansing.

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Anyone?

Direct sunlight affects most things. But its more likely to only affect the color over a long time imo. 

 

Mine have a few very small bits rubbed off now (10 month old). I'm very careful with them but on the corners I can see it rubbed off from general wear. I do use mine an awful lot though.   

post #7664 of 24290
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Because I own 4 cans now, I rotate through them all. But the HD800 will always be my go to can and they do get most of my head time. If I only had 800 and 600 it would be about 70/30 to out a crude figure in it :) 

 

 

70/30 is actually pretty good since I'm expecting the same figures if I go for the LCD-2, it could change afterwards but I doubt it. After all, I am a treble-head :D

 

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Yes, I spend almost same time on them. 

 

Really? Now that is quite shocking to me lol

 

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I tend to spend a week or two with one before switching back to the other. It's cleansing.

 

Good idea, might make you appreciate the HD800 more after wards :P

 

 

 

This is it then I guess, my next pair of cans to complement my Senn would actually be another Senn... Which is ironic since the brand image of Sennheiser is actually really bad to me compared to AKG and Beyerdynamic. 

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The HD800 is my weekends cans. 

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