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Could anyone give me more information on the extended warranty (10 years!?!)? Is this only available if purchased from specific dealers? How is it different from the standard 2 year warranty (except duration :bigsmile_face:)?

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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

 

It certainly doesn't sound faster to me. There is more bloom across the frequency band with the T1s. The HD800s/SR-009s are the quickest two headphones I've heard/owned. Just for the record, I owned my T1s for about 2.5 years (owned the first pair sold here in Canada in Jan. 2010) and really enjoyed them (amps included: MAD Ear+HD, Concerto, GS-1, GS-X, Liquid Fire, WA2, WA22 and GS-X Mk2). And on all these amps (and DACs that have come and gone), the HD800s were the quicker of the two (by a reasonable margin).

 

As mentioned, the objective waterfall measurements also show the HD800s as "quicker" (and in-line with my experiences). What front end rig are you using?


 There is for all intent and purpose, very little difference in transient attack capabilities between these two...I'll even throw my D7000s in the mix.  The broadband bloom in the T1 comes from the cups...the T1 as well as my D7000s are not true open cans and will always have a cup coloration.  The T1 coloration, for me is very acceptable and adds to its good tone - I can imagine the T1 bloom might interfere with some individuals own ear resonance and might be problematic.  For me, it is less problematic than the HD800s white hot treble "bloom".

 

I am certain many people interpret these same "blooms" as part of the soundstage...I just hear some kind of bloom.  Remember the K701 has a narrow band bloom in the upper mids of much higher intensity than than the T1's broadband less intense bloom - this is why some can relate the K701 to the T1s.


Edited by SP Wild - 1/29/14 at 1:14pm
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Originally Posted by PTom View Post
 

Could anyone give me more information on the extended warranty (10 years!?!)? Is this only available if purchased from specific dealers? How is it different from the standard 2 year warranty (except duration :bigsmile_face:)?


10 year extended warranty - what are you talking about ?

But if you do find out, please post here, I'm sure everyone will be interested ....

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Originally Posted by icebear View Post
 


10 year extended warranty - what are you talking about ?

But if you do find out, please post here, I'm sure everyone will be interested ....

Apparently if you register your HD800 at: http://en-uk.sennheiser.com/club-orpheus-registration and bought the HD800 from an authorised UK dealer, Sennheiser sends you an email saying that you have a 10 year extended warranty.

 

Some UK dealers also mention a 10 year extended warranty:

 

- http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/sennheiser-hd800-open-back-headphones-hd-800-audiophile-prodid-4538.html

  [also mentioned in this post: http://www.head-fi.org/t/654416/sennheiser-hd800-new-product-announcement#post_9235760 ]

 

http://www.audiovenue-shop.co.uk/details.asp?id=465&type=Products

 

Anyone else heard anything about this?


Edited by PTom - 1/29/14 at 2:49pm
post #7775 of 14685

Sounds pretty cool!

post #7776 of 14685

10 year warranty is pretty cool and it doesn't mention additional cost. Correct ?

Lucky UK customers !

 

In the US you can extend the standard 2 year warranty

+1 year (total 3 years) at $243.99

+3 years (total 5 years) at $349.99

If you are a warranty junkie, then the +3 years seems to be a better deal. I did not choose any extension.

 

But for me the 10 year UK warranty indicates that Sennheiser is pretty confident about their manufacturing standards.

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Originally Posted by icebear View Post
 

10 year warranty is pretty cool and it doesn't mention additional cost. Correct ?

Lucky UK customers !

 

In the US you can extend the standard 2 year warranty

+1 year (total 3 years) at $243.99

+3 years (total 5 years) at $349.99

If you are a warranty junkie, then the +3 years seems to be a better deal. I did not choose any extension.

 

But for me the 10 year UK warranty indicates that Sennheiser is pretty confident about their manufacturing standards.

From what I can tell the catch is that you have to buy from an authorised UK dealer and they normally sell at close to retail i.e. £1000 or $1650.

 

You can find the HD800 for a much better price on Amazon (in continental Europe at least) i.e. somewhere between 900-1000 EUR or £740 to £820 and as far as I can tell these don't qualify for the 10 year warranty. 

 

Also I'm not sure if the 10 year warranty is transferrable (I read the standard 2 year warranty is transferrable though). 

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Was doing a random reading, and something really catches my attention. A paragraph from 6moons' review of HD800 states "Sennheiser then issues a very real warning: Due to uncommonly low distortion from these headphones, you're liable to listen far louder than usual. It's very true. If you treasure your hearing and mean to avoid fatigue, don't."

 

Guess I'd have to start looking after how loud my music really is.

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I listen at fairly low volumes with the HD800-it's far better for this than perhaps any other headphone I've heard actually-another reason I favor it. I could even claim it's the low-distortion that allows this. ;) Just the opposite from the T1 and LCD 2.2s imo where the Beyer doesn't come into it's own until it gets fairly loud imo, and the LCDs simply don't have the dynamics which lends to cranking those too. YMMV.

 

-Daniel

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I gave the HD800s the most chances of any headphone,  I even knew to keep the volumes very, very low...But alas, they were not for me - even at the lowest of volumes, after extended listening - they were somewhat sickening to me - that treble that is. 

 

I don't know who generated the myth that Audeze is not good at low volume or that they are lacking in dynamics, yeah - but lots of rubbish floating around at head-fi at the moment.

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Originally Posted by SP Wild View Post

I gave the HD800s the most chances of any headphone,  I even knew to keep the volumes very, very low...But alas, they were not for me - even at the lowest of volumes, after extended listening - they were somewhat sickening to me - that treble that is. 

I don't know who generated the myth that Audeze is not good at low volume or that they are lacking in dynamics, yeah - but lots of rubbish floating around at head-fi at the moment.

+1
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Originally Posted by SP Wild View Post
 

I gave the HD800s the most chances of any headphone,  I even knew to keep the volumes very, very low...But alas, they were not for me - even at the lowest of volumes, after extended listening - they were somewhat sickening to me - that treble that is. 

 

I don't know who generated the myth that Audeze is not good at low volume or that they are lacking in dynamics, yeah - but lots of rubbish floating around at head-fi at the moment.

 

 

i agree. 

 

but i think planars do sound better louder. and i never listen to headphones with volume low. they dont sound as good to me.

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I almost returned my HD800s over that sickening effect of extended exposure to its treble, but EQing the 6khz-10khz band down 3-6 decibels (which brings it much closer to the HD600 curve) solves the problem for me.  Without the EQ fix, I would much rather listen to my PX-100s.  In the HD800's default presentation, it's like a supermodel in a fat suit.  I think the characterization of the HD800 as an unforgiving microscope into the true nature of its source assumes that the soundstage/instrumentation advantages of the ring driver go hand in hand with the hyped treble, but they certainly don't have to.

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I must be in the minority cuz I don't find the HD800 treble bothersome at all.

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

I must be in the minority cuz I don't find the HD800 treble bothersome at all.

 

Same here. There are some recordings that I find the HD800's treble too piercing, but for more than 90% of the time I don't have any trouble with HD800's treble.

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