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post #9586 of 24291

Splitting hairs what it's is all about for audiophiles. Otherwise you'd be running the HD800 out of your ipod or soundcard instead of waiting for your GSX2. People even fuss over cables for their HD800 to take the "edge" off. In fact, 90% of HD800s at the recent OC meet were running with upgraded cables, including at the Sennheiser table.


Edited by purrin - 3/27/14 at 8:49am
post #9587 of 24291
Sorry purrin but I don't think so. Someone (sorry I don't remember who...) said he tried the anax mod and didn't' like it. Then you came to defend the mod. After many pages, the conclusion is that the hd800 is bright, not well suited for rock and that the anax mod could be an option but not for everyone.

IMO that's an excessive debate for a very unsurprising conclusion.

My 0.02
post #9588 of 24291

It think it's more the matter of tone and some elements of misinformation. If you had read my posts carefully, your stated conclusion: "the hd800 is bright, not well suited for rock and that the anax mod could be an option but not for everyone" was what I had already said.

 

As far as excessive debate, you are from France, so you must surely understand?

post #9589 of 24291
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post


As far as excessive debate, you are from France, so you must surely understand?

Lol! Indeed! But I thought the world outside France definitely avoided this plague!

I know you already stated the same conclusion. I only think that this statement didn't deserve so many pages of arguments.
Edited by Sorrodje - 3/27/14 at 9:14am
post #9590 of 24291

I have heard the comment that the HD800's are not suitable for rock/metal many times, in fact it was the primary reason I refrained from buying them for so long.

 

However I just want to say I think that statement is pure B***S**t.  IMO  :wink_face: 

post #9591 of 24291

I'm surprised Head-Fi is not based in Paris!

 

No, but more seriously, the reason I posted some of the stuff is because I felt it could be beneficial for some people (us plebeians who do listen to silly music like rock and pop) to at least try the Anax mod, try experimenting with it, since there are four versions of it I've actually seen "in-the-field" from the meets I have attended, some with deleterious effects. I totally understand why that person who tried the mod didn't like it. I also wanted to put the mod into perspective, where the person (he is banned) who created it was coming from, and point out what it can do, both good and not so good.

 

I'm just surprised I get attacked for that, e.g., "if I were you, I'd buy another headphone", "you enjoying splitting hairs over the curse aspect", etc.

 

I mean people talk about cables, amps, specific tubes, to mellow out the HD800's brightness (even though they don't explicitly say they are doing this). I'm suggesting a few dollars of materials and five minutes with scissors. Geez.


Edited by purrin - 3/27/14 at 9:27am
post #9592 of 24291
Come on guys... we beat a dead horse here. Every music is listenable on every equipment. Fully enjoyment is a matter of taste but some equipments is more suited than other for different music. I personally can listen to everything with my hd800. But if listened mostly rock & pop I would definitely choose another headphone.

IMO, IME ...
post #9593 of 24291

The issue is loving certain attributes unique to the HD800 (soundstage, depth, resolution) but wanting to ameliorate its perceived weaknesses.

 

It's like working with a sports car with too much understeer like the old Porsche 911s circa early 90s. One works with the suspension to try to fix it rather than buy a C4 Corvette.

post #9594 of 24291
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post

The issue is loving certain attributes unique to the HD800 (soundstage, depth, resolution) but wanting to ameliorate its perceived weaknesses.

It's like working with a sports car with too much understeer like the old Porsche 911s circa early 90s. One works with the suspension to try to fix it rather than buy a C4 Corvette.

That's a bit exaggerated comparison but it.s quite fair. IMO fixing the hd800 is subtile enough to be fixed with carefully choosen gear. For my musical tastes.

But one more time we agree so we can shut up peacefully. :cheers:
post #9595 of 24291
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Originally Posted by purrin View Post
 

I'm surprised Head-Fi is not based in Paris!

 

No, but more seriously, the reason I posted some of the stuff is because I felt it could be beneficial for some people (us plebeians who do listen to silly music like rock and pop) to at least try the Anax mod, try experimenting with it, since there are four versions of it I've actually seen "in-the-field" from the meets I have attended, some with deleterious effects. I totally understand why that person who tried the mod didn't like it. I also wanted to put the mod into perspective, where the person (he is banned) who created it was coming from, and point out what it can do, both good and not so good.

 

I'm just surprised I get attacked for that, e.g., "if I were you, I'd buy another headphone", "you enjoying splitting hairs over the curse aspect", etc.

 

I mean people talk about cables, amps, specific tubes, to mellow out the HD800's brightness (even though they don't explicitly say they are doing this). I'm suggesting a few dollars of materials and five minutes with scissors. Geez.


I don't think that what you are suggesting is a problem.  It's how you put forth your suggestion/evaluation of the HD800.  I believe that you are quite a knowledgeable guy when it comes to HPs and audio components but honestly, you do come across as arrogant and "know it all".  This is quite apparent, IMO, in your reviews and posts(yes, I've read many of them :D).  I absolutely don't mind and filter out what I perceive as positive and useful from your posting. 

Don't get me wrong! I am not saying you should be PC in anyway.  We are all entitled to what and how we wanna say in an open forum.  I am just giving you my honest cyberspace impression of you as a person and hope to clarify some of the hostility directed at you.

 

Peace...

post #9596 of 24291

I've enjoyed reading this whole little debate. And thanks to Purrin for putting up with us :) 

 

The treble is always going to be an issue with this headphone, whether one thinks it is analytical or another thinks it is emphasized. Its been an issue since day one. So the debate will go on as long as the headphone is here imo. 

 

Just for the record, I use warmer than neutral amps because that is my preferred sound with the HD800. And while I wouldn't mod them, I also wouldn't use them with a low impedance ss amp either. They are very adaptable and change easily - impedance matching, tube distortions etc effect them more than most hp's. Every amp I've tried has sounded different.  

 

So in that respect, one man's HD800 will not sound the same as another man's. (or woman's. phew..!) So any mods done to the HD800 may not have the same effect as another's (man or woman.... Or manwoman?).  

post #9597 of 24291

the HD800 is good with electronic?

post #9598 of 24291
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the HD800 is good with electronic?

Yes sir but not for all electronic music. The hd800 is astonishingly good with ambient, down tempo,deep house and some stuff like burial or BT experimental work for example. Everytime you need to feel the atmosphere & be immersed in music, the hd800 does marvels. For electronics that need some funny mid-bass hump... some other headphones are more enjoyable still in my opinion. For some electronics , the Inherent slightly bright nature of the hd800 could be an issue. It's often the case with electronic dance music for example or dubstep.
Edited by Sorrodje - 3/27/14 at 10:28am
post #9599 of 24291

Recordings that emphasize cymbals (or cymbal-like stuff) might be problematic, electronic or not.

post #9600 of 24291

I listen to a lot of pop, soul, R&B, and hip-hop on my HD800s and I like it better than most all other headphones I've owned or heard (that includes all the flagships except for the HE-6).  And I listen to it with a stock cable and unmodded!

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