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^ still quite different in sound signature.  Comfort is also opposite.  :D

post #9827 of 14676
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Can anyone compare to Grado PS1000?

Thanks.



Grado PS1000 has a very intimate soundstage.  But its mids - vocals in particular sound golden and is given better texture and push than the HD800's.  But that's the only thing I found in the PS1000 to be better than the HD800.  The rest - IMHO I hand to HD800 in terms of technical superiority.

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Grado PS1000 has a very intimate soundstage.  But its mids - vocals in particular sound golden and is given better texture and push than the HD800's.  But that's the only thing I found in the PS1000 to be better than the HD800.  The rest - IMHO I hand to HD800 in terms of technical superiority.

wow, i haven't heard the PS1000 yet but there's more textured mid than HD800?  That I got to try.

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wow, i haven't heard the PS1000 yet but there's more textured mid than HD800?  That I got to try.


 

Could be placebo but the more intimate (small) soundstage made everything a tad more open to aural scrutiny.

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Could be placebo but the more intimate (small) soundstage made everything a tad more open to aural scrutiny.

Ah, that makes sense though.  Thx bud.  I am just a sucker for textured forward mid.  :D

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Ah, that makes sense though.  Thx bud.  I am just a sucker for textured forward mid.  :D



Oh in that case, give the old PS1000 (non-chrome cups) a listen.  It is definitely way more forward than the HD800.


 

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Ah, that makes sense though.  Thx bud.  I am just a sucker for textured forward mid.  :D

What about LCD-3's?

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What about LCD-3's?



Who can chime in?

IMHO, planars shouldn't be compared with dynamics.  They're two different species.  How does one compare a dog to a cat?

If you're a cat person, you get cats.  If you're a dog person, you adopt dogs.

Planar-magnetic cans sound very different from dynamic headphones.  

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Who can chime in?

IMHO, planars shouldn't be compared with dynamics.  They're two different species.  How does one compare a dog to a cat?

If you're a cat person, you get cats.  If you're a dog person, you adopt dogs.

Planar-magnetic cans sound very different from dynamic headphones.  

They are indeed, which is why they complement each other so well..

 

I own HD800's too but i was just answering the above about a textured mid range is all :)

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I found the mids on HD800 better than the mids on any other planar I've owned, including HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3.

post #9836 of 14676
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Who can chime in?

IMHO, planars shouldn't be compared with dynamics.  They're two different species.  How does one compare a dog to a cat?

If you're a cat person, you get cats.  If you're a dog person, you adopt dogs.

Planar-magnetic cans sound very different from dynamic headphones.  

 

Planar magnetics are dynamics and can be compared (both are headphones), it happens all the time.

 

Heck even dynamics in general can sound very different from each other.

post #9837 of 14676

+ 1

 

They are all headphones after all.

post #9838 of 14676

Yup, all headphones. Not ear speakers ;) But there's Stax of them on here too.

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Planar magnetics are dynamics and can be compared (both are headphones), it happens all the time.

 

Heck even dynamics in general can sound very different from each other.


Maybe I shouldn't have generalized the dismissal of the comparison between the two. But no matter what one uses to drive the HD800, it can never be made to sound thick enough to compare with planars.  Given the way the drivers are designed and built, there's just too much difference to make the comparison compete for purchase decision.  I buy both.  They're not like a comparison or competition between the T1 and HD800.  

 

That's just my personal take on the matter.  Planars sound fun. HD800 is reference.  Again, just my own interpretation.  Peace guys.

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Maybe I shouldn't have generalized the dismissal of the comparison between the two. But no matter what one uses to drive the HD800, it can never be made to sound thick enough to compare with planars.  Given the way the drivers are designed and built, there's just too much difference to make the comparison compete for purchase decision.  I buy both.  They're not like a comparison or competition between the T1 and HD800.  

 

That's just my personal take on the matter.  Planars sound fun. HD800 is reference.  Again, just my own interpretation.  Peace guys.

I wouldn't be too quick to jump to that conclusion either. There are many amps yet to be built that could deliver on that - thick and powerful. From what i hear of peoples impressions of the GlennOTL/HD800 combo it might be close to that sound signature with the right tube combo. 

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