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post #7816 of 13366

Same thing happened to me a couple nights ago.  Probably brain in but I'm definitely in a honeymoon phase with the HD800.  New tubes, new cables so who knows what is going on.  Enjoying them much more than in the beginning, which was about a month ago but realistically I've been listening only for half that time.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post


Not sure what it is but 3 nites ago, i started listening to my favorite albums on the HD800 and instantly recognized the change in the lows.  Immediately, I switched over to HE500/Emo to compare and did confirm the clear increase of bass on the HD800/WA22.  Whatever happened!  I like it. 

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I experience these as well. In my situation at home, my conclusion, that my setup for hd800 was power dependent. Usually, my best time to listen were early in the morning or late at night. Also, my biggest complaint in regard to the setup was that it was sensitive with wall-warts (phone charger etc). That's one of the reason I still have th900 to cover those times.
Are you pulling my leg?
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I'm guessing the TH-900 is part of a portable rig that is off the grid.

 

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Are you pulling my leg?
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This^
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Are you pulling my leg?

 

Actually, I'm sharing your experience. 

In my case, that's the conclusion about what happen on my setup.

I can't really enjoy listening to hd800 if someone was charging a phone nearby, or if my washer was running or my wife was using her elliptical.

Sometime, even when none of those happen, I still can't enjoy listening to hd800.

And then suddenly after 9pm, everything was good :)

 

Th900 is useful during those time.


Edited by jsgraha - 1/30/14 at 5:23pm
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Actually, I'm sharing your experience. 

In my case, that's the conclusion about what happen on my setup.

I can't really enjoy listening to hd800 if someone was charging a phone nearby, or if my washer was running or my wife was using her elliptical.

Th900 is useful during those time.

 

The IEMs are even better during those time. ;) 


Edited by pdrm360 - 1/30/14 at 8:15pm
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With regard to your speakers, how do you know they are "flat?" Where are they flat - measured at one foot? 3 feet? listening position? anechoic room?

 

With regard to the HD 600, neutral sounding is not necessarily the same as flat. Ears are shaped differently, different listening volume results in different perceived frequency response - it's all very subjective.

Exactly. That's the rub with speakers...they may measure dead flat in an anechoic room, but in a living room, they can change quite a bit depending on the room's acoustics.

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


Not sure what it is but 3 nites ago, i started listening to my favorite albums on the HD800 and instantly recognized the change in the lows.  Immediately, I switched over to HE500/Emo to compare and did confirm the clear increase of bass on the HD800/WA22.  Whatever happened!  I like it. 

A man's heart can truly only have one. It seems your days with Miss HE-500 are coming to an end. It's best to let go and let someone else enjoy her. :p

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A man's heart can truly only have one. It seems your days with Miss HE-500 are coming to an end. It's best to let go and let someone else enjoy her. :p

 
Nope, not going to happen.  HE500 is not going anywhere.
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Right...
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Right...

:D

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Don't deny it. You're at the point in the relationship where you know deep down it's not going to work out in the end, but out of loyalty, principle, and perhaps pride, you're simply trying to rationalize why you should keep it. The best thing to do is let go now and live your life with nothing to hold you back and with your true soul mate, the HD800. I'm sure someone else will treat your HE-500 better, with the neglect that will follow soon enough.

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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post
 

 

With regard to your speakers, how do you know they are "flat?" Where are they flat - measured at one foot? 3 feet? listening position? anechoic room?

 

With regard to the HD 600, neutral sounding is not necessarily the same as flat. Ears are shaped differently, different listening volume results in different perceived frequency response - it's all very subjective.

They are flat when measured at 6.5 feet in an anechoic chamber.  Obviously I don't live in an anechoic chamber, but I've listened to the speakers in well-treated rooms and the sound is pretty similar from one room to another - no differences stand out like the treble spike in an un-EQed HD800.

 

As to subjectivity, I just pulled up a frequency response curve on headphone.com for the HD 800, the HE-500, the LCD-3 and the HD600.  The HD800 measures significantly louder than all the others in the 6-10 khz range.  I suppose it's possible that my ears are idiosyncratic, or that some aspect of the HD800's geometry and driver placement means that the average listener doesn't perceive that spike, or that the HD800 just has the must accurate portrayal of sound in that range and everyone else messed it up.  I don't find any of these explanations convincing, however, and my experience of the other headphones is that they sound more accurate in that range.  There's no Analixus mod for the LCD-3, after all.

 

I think the simplest explanation for the "sonic microscope" characterization of the HD800 is that (i) the soundstage/instrument separation from the ring driver and the driver speed make it easier to identify particular recording details and (ii) the hyped treble makes those details stand out even more.  It's easy to view (i) and (ii) as intertwined aspects of the HD800's character, but I view (i) as a virtue and (ii) as a flaw, judged solely from the perspective of accurate sound reproduction.  Fortunately for me, (ii) is easy to fix.

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There's no Analixus mod for the LCD-3, after all.
Correct, just the toilet paper mod for those. rolleyes.gif
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Don't deny it. You're at the point in the relationship where you know deep down it's not going to work out in the end, but out of loyalty, principle, and perhaps pride, you're simply trying to rationalize why you should keep it. The best thing to do is let go now and live your life with nothing to hold you back and with your true soul mate, the HD800. I'm sure someone else will treat your HE-500 better, with the neglect that will follow soon enough.

damn, you should be a shrink.  :p but no seriously, I can still handle multiple her just fine at this point.  I am notorious when it comes to selling stuff I know I won't use no more.  

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