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post #9811 of 15869
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

 

Might want to look into purchasing them from colorware to preserve the life of the paint.  That's if your willing to pay the full MSRP.

 

I know about Colorware but doing that automatically kills their warranty with Sennheiser. Coloware only offer a year warranty on those. For two years it's $299 extra.

 

Care to explain the paint preservation?

post #9812 of 15869
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At the moment I'm running my Hifiman 901 as my DAC and my amplifier is a Corda Classic. I love the set up but I've seen people posting about using tube amps. Does a tube amp make that much difference when it comes to the sound signature? 

 

I recently read the paper The State of the Flagship and even though I think it's a personal preference when it comes to open or closed headphones (I prefer closed), I agree with the definition of what the paper said a flagship headphones should provide. I enjoy the sound of my HD800, but I prefer my ED8 since the bass is stronger because it's a closed headphone. Unfortunately Ultrasone's headphones are fashion accessories first so IMHO the price paid isn't worth the sound coming out of the dynamic drivers. The mids on the ED8 don't come close to touching the HD800, in saying that does your amplifier play that much of a difference in the quality of sound coming out of your headphones if your amplifier is pushing Class A (extremely clean power) Power?  

 

If it does why not just by a headphones between $500 to $1000 and increase the cost of the amplifier that is being purchased? Before I purchased the HD800 I looked at the Audeze LCD-3, after looking at the weight and talking to a couple of owners about comfort I decided on the HD800 and I have no regrets. This headphones has to be the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, I'm getting to the point where if what I buy its not made in Germany or a Scandinavian Country I'm not going waist my money. (Hifiman will be the only exception because of the quality of the internal components, my 901 looks like a plastic toy but the sound coming out of it is makes me smile) Hopefully I can get some good recommendations. 

 

The tube amp I've had my eye on is the Icon Audio HP8 MKII, I know this is made in the UK so I have to ask has anyone paired this with the HD800? 

 

I have not personally heard the HP8 but I highly, highly trust this reviewer and I know he thinks it's an excellent match with the HD800: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/icon-audio-hp8-mk2-tube-headphone-amplifier.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

I know about Colorware but doing that automatically kills their warranty with Sennheiser. Coloware only offer a year warranty on those. For two years it's $299 extra.

Care to explain the paint preservation?
Not true. Senn honors their 2 year warranty on Colorware'd HD800s. Confirmed by Senn staff a couple years ago. I would link but I'm on my phone atm.

Also, Colorware's warranty is only on the paint, not the unit itself, IIRC.

Colorware paint seems to be more durable. The Senn paint can flake off according to some users. My Colorware HD800s have no paint issues after having owned them for about 2 years now.
Edited by Maxvla - 4/3/14 at 11:49am
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Thanks for the read, I will probably end up picking up that tube amp and calling it for a decade when it comes to headphones. Hopefully one day a closed headphone will be produced that will have this type of clarity and openness. From a fundamental design standpoint it may never happen, but one can only hope. 

 

Thanks again. 

post #9815 of 15869
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Originally Posted by Maxvla View Post


Not true. Senn honors their 2 year warranty on Colorware'd HD800s. Confirmed by Senn staff a couple years ago. I would link but I'm on my phone atm.

Also, Colorware's warranty is only on the paint, not the unit itself, IIRC.

Colorware paint seems to be more durable. The Senn paint can flake off according to some users. My Colorware HD800s have no paint issues after having owned them for about 2 years now.

Hmmm I swear I remember reading back in the day that it void the warranty. I'll have to look into it.

 

Maybe buy a used one and then send it for colorware and save some cash?

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post #9817 of 15869
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Originally Posted by Trey36 View Post
 

Thanks for the read, I will probably end up picking up that tube amp and calling it for a decade when it comes to headphones. Hopefully one day a closed headphone will be produced that will have this type of clarity and openness. From a fundamental design standpoint it may never happen, but one can only hope. 

 

Thanks again. 

 

No problem, remember to order the "full music" tubes, they are available from icon when you order or from the internet. It's supposed to be quite an upgrade.

 

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

Hmmm I swear I remember reading back in the day that it void the warranty. I'll have to look into it.

 

Maybe buy a used one and then send it for colorware and save some cash?

 

I think you're worrying waaaaaaay too much about the warranty. HD800's do not break, you can drop them and at most you'll have a paint chip. They are very well engineered and manufactured.

post #9818 of 15869
Stop quoting walls of text please!

Especially when you don't have to!

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Thanks for the help guys. I just wanted to be sure about the build as this time around I'm looking for a headphone that can last me for several years (Also, my planars breaking down only made me more cautious).

 

I think I will eventually get mine colorwared. Just have to decide on the colours as well as matte vs. glossy finish.

post #9820 of 15869
I maybe wrong, but I think Colorware no longer offers repainting service for HD800.
You will have to buy the headphones from them.
post #9821 of 15869

I went on colorware's site today and they had the option to send in your own HD800 and they'll colorware it for $299. Supposedly a 2 week process. Am I missing something here?

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I stand corrected.
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Can anyone compare to Grado PS1000?

Thanks.

post #9824 of 15869
Polar opposite.
post #9825 of 15869

And what about the LCD3?

 

Nice profile pic btw.

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