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post #9466 of 24347

Too right.. Never the headphones fault. 

 

:beerchug:

post #9467 of 24347

Does anyone know how common it is to see ColorWare HD800's refurbished from a dealer? On a Youtube video someone received one of those black and sky blue ring (special edition?) HD800s refurbed from Crutchfield.

post #9468 of 24347

I recently performed the latest "Anaxilus" HD800 mod and removed it after about two weeks. IMHO, it just sort of dulled the sound and seems to slightly collapse the soundstage for me. I'm sure I'm in the minority but I seem to get a better response via EQ. Anyone else seeing the same results?

 

Using iMac/iTunesWAV>Pure Music>Mytek Stereo 192 DAC>WA22>HD800

post #9469 of 24347
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Originally Posted by tomlink View Post

I recently performed the latest "Anaxilus" HD800 mod and removed it after about two weeks. IMHO, it just sort of dulled the sound and seems to slightly collapse the soundstage for me. I'm sure I'm in the minority but I seem to get a better response via EQ. Anyone else seeing the same results?

Using iMac/iTunesWAV>Pure Music>Mytek Stereo 192 DAC>WA22>HD800

I've tried too. In my opinion the Anaxilus mod, if well made, can reduce the piercing nature of the HD800, but i believe it mantains the sligtly bright signature of the headphone. IMHO the soundstage was the same. No changes in that sense.

We're talking about 1% improvement, but it's an improvement overall.

This is my experience.
post #9470 of 24347
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Originally Posted by tomlink View Post
 

I recently performed the latest "Anaxilus" HD800 mod and removed it after about two weeks. IMHO, it just sort of dulled the sound and seems to slightly collapse the soundstage for me. I'm sure I'm in the minority but I seem to get a better response via EQ. Anyone else seeing the same results?

 

Using iMac/iTunesWAV>Pure Music>Mytek Stereo 192 DAC>WA22>HD800

Same for me..

post #9471 of 24347
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Originally Posted by tomlink View Post
 

I recently performed the latest "Anaxilus" HD800 mod and removed it after about two weeks. IMHO, it just sort of dulled the sound and seems to slightly collapse the soundstage for me. I'm sure I'm in the minority but I seem to get a better response via EQ. Anyone else seeing the same results?

 

Using iMac/iTunesWAV>Pure Music>Mytek Stereo 192 DAC>WA22>HD800

 

+1

post #9472 of 24347
Quote:
Originally Posted by tomlink View Post
 

I recently performed the latest "Anaxilus" HD800 mod and removed it after about two weeks. IMHO, it just sort of dulled the sound and seems to slightly collapse the soundstage for me. I'm sure I'm in the minority but I seem to get a better response via EQ. Anyone else seeing the same results?

 

Using iMac/iTunesWAV>Pure Music>Mytek Stereo 192 DAC>WA22>HD800


+1 what tubes r u running on your WA22?

post #9473 of 24347

Looking at some other forums on the web it seems several seasoned HD800 owners are favoring the Anax mod v2.0 over the latest v2.5.

 

The complaints of the 2.5 version are just what you're describing, and they seem to think the 2.0 version is a better compromise.

 

Something to ponder...

post #9474 of 24347
I really not a fan of headphone mods.
Not against just not for me.
I would rather play with a little EQ first
So -db is sometimes better than adding.

As for the person with the MyTek
I have that DAC. The presentation glares a bit
Due to it being a close presentation.
So aittle EQ can help.
Also desabled the volume in the menu
And use the VC in the woo WA 22.
It is a great amp.
Are you useing fully BAL. ??
Al
post #9475 of 24347
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


+1 what tubes r u running on your WA22?


Stock tubes. Not sure if I am going to tube roll or sell the WA22. I find I am using my portable system almost exclusively now.

post #9476 of 24347
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Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

I really not a fan of headphone mods.
Not against just not for me.
I would rather play with a little EQ first
So -db is sometimes better than adding.

As for the person with the MyTek
I have that DAC. The presentation glares a bit
Due to it being a close presentation.
So aittle EQ can help.
Also desabled the volume in the menu
And use the VC in the woo WA 22.
It is a great amp.
Are you useing fully BAL. ??
Al

I really dig the Mytek 192 - volume is disabled for cleanest signal path. Very precise with the HD800. The Mytek is driving the WA22 balanced and I have JE Audio Designs balanced cables for the HD800. IMHO, I'd rather not re-engineer the HD 800, I'd rather EQ the sound. Like I do with my home audio. But I do give props to the guys evolving the mods. Cool efforts.


Edited by tomlink - 3/24/14 at 1:03pm
post #9477 of 24347
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Originally Posted by drez View Post
 

 

Balanced cabling for the HD800 need not cost more than $200...


Check out JE Audio Designs. Great job and price on my HD800 balanced cables.

 

http://jeaudiodesigns.wix.com/jeaudiodesigns

post #9478 of 24347
Nice cables. And yes I agree to the mod people. Maybe it's just my age LOL. I look at it that sennheiser is not hifiman or audeze . They are a very large company that has more funds to develope products then almost any company I can think of. So I am sure there was consessions made when designing them. And i would rather EQ then mod.

Al
post #9479 of 24347
Really cool cables. May bias how much ? And do you have apic of what you have ?

Al
post #9480 of 24347

Al - just FYI, the theory behind the "mod" wasn't just about altering frequency response.  The modders in this instance used CSD plots to measure resonant frequencies and found that there was some fairly minimal ringing associated with 6khz area.  So the thinking was to tame perceived FR by adding some damping material to the cup that would not obscure the driver but would reduce the ringing.  See: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/diy-modification-sennheiser-hd-800-anaxilus-mod

 

I used the 1.0 mod off and on for a while with prior amps but found it unnecessary, and the hd800's better sounding without, when I completed my mainline.  That said, I'd encourage everyone to give it a try.  It is a pretty quick and easy process to cut some foam and felt circles and stuff them under your dust covers.  Once made, it takes about 20 seconds to put them in or take them out.

 

Mr. Speakers actually just released a commercial die-cut mod kit for the alpha dogs which help eliminate minor peaks in the FR.  Just like with the anax mod, there are arguable pros and cons to the change in sound signature, but getting to test it out yourself is fun, and a whole lot cheaper than rolling tubes.

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