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 ). 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.
LOL. Let me rewrite my original post:
For those who may find the HD800s illuminating nature distracting with the most poor of recordings, the Anaxilus modification is one consideration of many. While we have typically resorted to cables, tube amps - sometimes going to the extent of selecting specific tubes to match the HD800 characteristics, none of these approaches requires any sort of handiwork on part of the listener other than plugging things in. This modification is more for those who are so inclined to visit the local crafts store and use a pair to scissors to painstakingly cut out a pattern. Because of the near perfection of the HD800, it would perfectly understandable if one wanted to outright dismiss this modification, or even think that any would be necessary other than appropriate matching of upstream gear, use of appropriate cables, and careful selection of the most pristine recordings. The fact that there are several real-world implementations of the modification with varying results, some with more deleterious effects than others, should be reason enough not to attempt it.
This Anaxilus modification will to some extent make poor recordings more palatable on the HD800. There are some inconveniences though. Some may find that the slight dimming effect of the modification reduces the exuberance and liveliness of the HD800. Some who have tried the "rug liner" variation of modification have remarked that it reduces the width of the stage and the reverberous effect of the stock HD800, but with a possible upside of more a determinate or unequivocal placement of instruments on the stage. In regards to these differences in tonal balance and tradeoffs in headstage, we have to ask ourselves which is right? This we cannot answer and it is up to the listener to decide.
Now let's compare to the first three substantive posts I made.
Yeah right. **** me. I just can't be JA of Stereophile. I'm not British. And I was even very careful to dance around and not call the HD800 a fricking face-tweeter.
Edited by purrin - 3/27/14 at 11:22am