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post #8416 of 14705
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Originally Posted by Operabuff View Post

Does anyone here listen to their HD-800's while laying down with your head on a pillow of some sort?

Based on photos of the headphones, the cables exit the earcaps somewhat to the rear of the "headband centerline", and I figure this might indicate that there would be "clearance problems" with the cables?

There are a few reasons for my asking:
* It's not *just* that I'm lazy and thus prefer a horizontal position rolleyes.gif but more a question of some (hopefully semi-temporary) health issues making me tired and a bit weak.
* The closest store that has the HD-800 up for testing is a bit of a drive away, so if the consensus is that the HD-800 is unusable while laying down, I will probably not even try them.
* My current over-ear headphones (HD-540's) work well enough with a suitably folded pillow, but the cable exit points are "centered" to the headband on those.

Thank you!

Best regards,
Patrik
I do and it works fine. It doesn't point downwards even if it's positioned low so it didn't get in the way or is bent by the pillow in any way. My only qualm when using when lying down is the clamping force it not enough to keep the cups from drooping down to bed level. Had this problem with pretty much every other headphone as well though because I don't like a lot of clamping force on my headphones. It's because you don't get to rely on gravity to keep the headband sitting on top your head when lying down. I think shortening the headband would keep it in place but I'm to lazy to adjust back and forth between sitting up and lying down.
Edited by Sonido - 2/20/14 at 3:52pm
post #8417 of 14705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Operabuff View Post

Does anyone here listen to their HD-800's while laying down with your head on a pillow of some sort?

Based on photos of the headphones, the cables exit the earcaps somewhat to the rear of the "headband centerline", and I figure this might indicate that there would be "clearance problems" with the cables?

There are a few reasons for my asking:
* It's not *just* that I'm lazy and thus prefer a horizontal position rolleyes.gif but more a question of some (hopefully semi-temporary) health issues making me tired and a bit weak.
* The closest store that has the HD-800 up for testing is a bit of a drive away, so if the consensus is that the HD-800 is unusable while laying down, I will probably not even try them.
* My current over-ear headphones (HD-540's) work well enough with a suitably folded pillow, but the cable exit points are "centered" to the headband on those.

Thank you!

Best regards,
Patrik
You could just put a narrow pillow behind your head so that it does not touch the headphones.
post #8418 of 14705
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Originally Posted by Audio Jester View Post


You could just put a narrow pillow behind your head so that it does not touch the headphones.


I lay on my wife's lap.  Nothing beats that.  :D

post #8419 of 14705
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


I lay on my wife's lap.  Nothing beats that.  :D


Lying on your girlfriend's lap beats that. ;):p

 

Just a joke. I don't know if koiloco actually has a girlfriend/mistress on the side. So if you're his wife, nothing to see here.

post #8420 of 14705
ROFL....

... You know there is a Japanese pillow to replicate such things.
post #8421 of 14705
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 


Lying on your girlfriend's lap beats that. ;):p

 

Just a joke. I don't know if koiloco actually has a girlfriend/mistress on the side. So if you're his wife, nothing to see here.


OMFG, you are so bad but so right.  The only problem is that I won't lay still to enjoy the music cuz I wanna something else ....

post #8422 of 14705
Quote:
Originally Posted by Operabuff View Post

Does anyone here listen to their HD-800's while laying down with your head on a pillow of some sort?

Based on photos of the headphones, the cables exit the earcaps somewhat to the rear of the "headband centerline", and I figure this might indicate that there would be "clearance problems" with the cables?

There are a few reasons for my asking:
* It's not *just* that I'm lazy and thus prefer a horizontal position rolleyes.gif but more a question of some (hopefully semi-temporary) health issues making me tired and a bit weak.
* The closest store that has the HD-800 up for testing is a bit of a drive away, so if the consensus is that the HD-800 is unusable while laying down, I will probably not even try them.
* My current over-ear headphones (HD-540's) work well enough with a suitably folded pillow, but the cable exit points are "centered" to the headband on those.

Thank you!

Best regards,
Patrik

i lie down on pillows and listen, its no problem at all. 

post #8423 of 14705
I have my Burson Conductor + Cardas Clear + HD800 audio setup next to my bed, so I exclusevly only listen to music lying down on my back. The HD800 plus the bigass Cardas Clear cable are very comfortable sitting on my head
post #8424 of 14705
Originally Posted by koiloco:
 "I lay on my wife's lap.  Nothing beats that. "

Originally Posted by Sonido:
"Lying on your girlfriend's lap beats that."


I prefer my ex girlfriends lap...





...ex girlfriend, currently wife... Decided to marry the one I felt was a keeper (and amazingly enough she agreed to it...)...

On topic:
Thank you everyone who replied - I guess I need to listen to the HD-800's.
I recently decided to benchmark my old (have had them since 1991) HD-540's against the current competition, and so far I've tried what is available "close to home", meaning the Hifiman HE-300 and HE-400, none of which would fit me well enough to be even remotely comdortable, and to me sounded "OK" but nothing more, and the Beyer T90 and T1.
The Beyers were almost as comfortable as my HD-540's, and the T1 sounded perhaps a tad better, but not enough to warrant upgrading. The T90 treble spike was unpleasant on some music material.
So I guess the remaining competition is the HD-800...

Best regards,
Patrik
post #8425 of 14705
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

i lie down on pillows and listen, its no problem at all. 

 

Actually it is the best headphone I have on a pillow. It is so comfortable and the music is so nice that I fall asleep within 2 classical tracks (not to mention I can't hear my wife nagging). 

post #8426 of 14705

Hey guys, can you all give me your opinion here. Would it be better for me to get more tubes for now, or get myself the Matrix M-Stage? (be it the HPA-1 or HPA-2).

post #8427 of 14705
Changing tubes makes good sense and it does make an obvious change when done. But you still have the limitations of the amp.and the tube sound even if just a little.
So a new amp makes sense but a Ss amp will give you the biggest. Change in sound. What amp are you currently using ?
Al
post #8428 of 14705
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

Changing tubes makes good sense and it does make an obvious change when done. But you still have the limitations of the amp.and the tube sound even if just a little.
So a new amp makes sense but a Ss amp will give you the biggest. Change in sound. What amp are you currently using ?
Al

 

WA3 with Tung Sol 7236 and Tesla 7DJ8 here mate

post #8429 of 14705
Ok it's a woo audio. Pm frank I. He can tell you what to expect with what tubes.
Keep this in mind people expect changes in amps or tubes to make the change they are looking for. In fact the dac should be the first to be done. As if the dac has the sound you want then the amps can. A good amp has little to no sound. Hence the term wire with gain.
Al
Edited by ALRAINBOW - 2/21/14 at 3:52am
post #8430 of 14705
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Originally Posted by jasonleehl View Post
 

 

Actually it is the best headphone I have on a pillow. It is so comfortable and the music is so nice that I fall asleep within 2 classical tracks (not to mention I can't hear my wife nagging). 

Listening to classical music on the HD800 is worth $1500. Not hearing the wife nag, priceless!

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