Originally Posted by TwoEars
I believe Tyll of inner fidelity ranks the HD800 above the Abyss. He did an abyss review and didn't exactly shower it with praise while he still very much liked the HD800. Could be wrong here but that's what I got reading between the lines. But he's a HD800 fan...
Just shows how much personal preference plays a part at this level.
Even if the Abyss was better and would cost "only the same" as the HD800, I wouldn't want to switch.
Simple reason: weight.
Even before sound quality, comfort is a critical "must have".
At around 1.5 lb or 660grs (w/o cable) the Abyss is so heavy, I wouldn't be able to comfortably listen to them for an hour. That's a no go in my book. I am not sacrificing comfort over the last bit of SQ in return for a headache or muscle pain.