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post #8686 of 24291
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Originally Posted by roguegeek View Post


I thought pads on the HD 800 we're not user serviceable.

 

For your pleasure:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/503058/how-to-remove-hd800-ear-pads-finally-i-figured-how

post #8687 of 24291
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Originally Posted by Dionysus View Post



There here can't wait to listen to them, but first give them a couple of days of break in, before I return with my impressions.

Congrats! 

 

But why put yourself through 2 days of waiting...?! 10 mins for your gear to warm up is all you need! The headphones don't change! Honestly! Its a myth!! 

 

I can't stop using exclamation marks! Someone stop me!!! 

 

!! 

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

Congrats! 

 

But why put yourself through 2 days of waiting...?! 10 mins for your gear to warm up is all you need! The headphones don't change! Honestly! Its a myth!! 

 

I can't stop using exclamation marks! Someone stop me!!! 

 

!! 

LOL

 

Agree.. didn't notice any change with mine also.. and no sibilance/treble harshness whatsoever

 

IMO

post #8689 of 24291

I think I noticed a change with mine.

 

I listened to them right when I got them and then I left them at high volume with some Massive Attack songs (both very low and high notes) for about 100h.

 

After that there was less sibilance that what I could remember from before.

 

Of course... this was no back-to-back blind test and I'm fully aware that my brain can play numerous tricks on me.

 

But I did think I noticed a bit less sibilance.

 

Which might have been real or not...

 

Would be fun if someone had two brand new HD800 that sounded exactly the same and tested burn-in on one!

post #8690 of 24291
I had a demo HD 700 which countless hours on it and a brand spanking new set with me for a whole week of overlap to compare. There was definitely a difference, particularly with sibilance. The demo pair had none. The new pair had a tiny bit. Now, after about 500 hours on the new pair, the minute sibilance is gone. Burn-in is very real, so I'm not surprised you're hearing a difference.
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Thank you. Thank you. Most helpful.
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Looking to upgrade my DAC and then amp later on. What are you guys recommendations in the $800-1300 price range DACs? Im looking for strengths in imaging, soundstage, and instrument separation without being too harsh, but not mushy sounding either. Im currently looking at the Matrix X-Sabre. Any other suggestions?

 

And can you hear a noticeable difference between 24/192 & 32/384kHz?


Edited by Swolern - 2/27/14 at 2:13am
post #8693 of 24291
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Originally Posted by Swolern View Post

Looking to upgrade my DAC and then amp later on. What are you guys recommendations in the $800-1300 price range DACs? Im looking for strengths in imaging, soundstage, and instrument separation without being too harsh, but not mushy sounding either. Im currently looking at the Matrix X-Sabre. Any other suggestions?

And can you hear a noticeable difference between 24/192 & 32/384kHz?
Nobody can hear a difference past 16/44.
post #8694 of 24291

I have recently been made aware of Stefan Audio Art Cables(from the LCD-XC thread).From SAA website,I read the Positive Feedback issue 54 review  'after market Cable options for the HD800'

Worth reading, whatever Amp!?

post #8695 of 24291
From my experience, it could just be me getting use to the new sound, but it did help me regarding break in on the HD700, I appreciate your point of view about break in.
So because of work and not really being able to sit for a few hours to listen, I'll let it burn in anyway and take my time this weekend to listen. smily_headphones1.gif I did take a listen sorta a sneak peek listen.
post #8696 of 24291
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post


Nobody can hear a difference past 16/44.

I have the CD of "So - Peter Gabriel" & also the 24bit 48kHz download (from the link below)

 

http://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Peter-Gabriel-So.html

 

There is a clear difference in the SQ between the 2. But this is not always the case , I have several albums from HD Tracks in 24/192 & I find no difference between that & CD.

post #8697 of 24291
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post


Nobody can hear a difference past 16/44.

 

Word.

 

(Am I 20 years too late to express my agreement with this term?)

post #8698 of 24291
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Originally Posted by punit View Post

I have the CD of "So - Peter Gabriel" & also the 24bit 48kHz download (from the link below)

http://www.bowers-wilkins.net/Society_of_Sound/Society_of_Sound/Music/Peter-Gabriel-So.html

There is a clear difference in the SQ between the 2. But this is not always the case , I have several albums from HD Tracks in 24/192 & I find no difference between that & CD.
Different mastering. If you were to compress the 24/48 version to 16/44 it would sound identical to any human ear.
post #8699 of 24291
I sometimes find the HD800 could do with a touch more bass. For this reason when recently buying a sealed can I went for the NAD viso HP50 because it has apparently got more realistic bass when using speakers in a room as a reference. I've had them a week and I find them way too bass heavy and I feel it compromises the sound stage massively . I now realise never to doubt the HD800s bass. It's perfect!!!!
post #8700 of 24291
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Originally Posted by James-uk View Post


Different mastering. If you were to compress the 24/48 version to 16/44 it would sound identical to any human ear.

Ah.. thought you were talking in general about 16 /44 vs higher resolution i.e. I assumed your contention was there is no use for resolution above 16/ 44

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