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post #9991 of 24367

That was post 9999.  I'm sniping post 10,000.  

 

Cheers fellow 800 bros!

 

:beerchug:

post #9992 of 24367

Well played Eee Pee.

 

Thanks for saving me the palindrome... :wink: 


Edited by palmfish - 4/18/14 at 5:27pm
post #9993 of 24367
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Originally Posted by TwoEars View Post

Try the HD650, Fidelio X1, Hifiman HE-500 or Audeze LCD-2/3.

Those are my personal favorites for a more forgiving sound.

If you want to give the HD800 one last chance try a pure copper cable (doesn't need to be fancy), and some mild EQ'ing of the 6kHz band, does wonders for taming the HD800 in my opinion. See my sig for an EQ setup to try if you're interested.

Thanks for the tip but I've put these up for sale. So, back in the box they have gone smily_headphones1.gif
post #9994 of 24367
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Originally Posted by Eee Pee View Post



Great!  Good enough answer?  biggrin.gif

It's as if the Mjolnir has very little or almost no sound of its own.  It's powerful, it's free from anything that bugs me and seems to have a nice grip on the drivers making the bass just that little bit better.  It's as close to nothing as I've ever heard in my headphoning years, except for maybe one or two other solid state amps that was a Beta22 or GS MkI or something of that level.  

Edit:  The headphones sound like they're known to sound if you're bugged by brighter headphones.

Sidenote: my 800s have Creatology foam in them, like an early version of the Anax mod.  The ring and the trapezoid.  Nothing over the metal mesh.  I tried the shelf liner and took it back out.  I'm 38 and can't hear over 14k and like it a bit on the loud side, like party mode sometimes.

I really enjoy the Mjolnir with the 600s also.  That's like the daily driver set up, and the 800s are for a night out on the town.  650s for Sunday morning after the night out.

Hmm...might consider the MJ for my 600..but I need a balanced cable first LOL
post #9995 of 24367
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Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post


Thanks for the tip but I've put these up for sale. So, back in the box they have gone smily_headphones1.gif

That's such a brief time with the HD800 .  Not the HP for your preference?

post #9996 of 24367
I couldn't live with the HD 800s as my only pair of headphones either. I love having them around, and do admire them greatly, but as a listener of rock and metal I very often reach for the HE-500 instead.
post #9997 of 24367
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Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post


Thanks for the tip but I've put these up for sale. So, back in the box they have gone smily_headphones1.gif

Hey they are not for everyone. If there is one hp that I'd really like to own also (money permitting), it would be the LCD3. Good luck! 

post #9998 of 24367
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

That's such a brief time with the HD800 .  Not the HP for your preference?

Unfortunately not. They are nice to look at, pretty comfy but difficult to amp match, sorta like a HE6. With limited budget, I can't afford to roll amps and lose money in the process..
post #9999 of 24367
I think as many of us hd800 owners should take part in this http://archimago.blogspot.ca/2014/04/internet-test-24-bit-vs-16-bit-audio.html?m=1
As possible. We all want the the same thing, the best sound quality possible. This is something we can all do to help build a better understanding of whether high res is worth it .
post #10000 of 24367
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Originally Posted by Rossliew View Post


Unfortunately not. They are nice to look at, pretty comfy but difficult to amp match, sorta like a HE6. With limited budget, I can't afford to roll amps and lose money in the process..

I love my HD 800 but i had to go through 3 amps before I understood what they are really capable of. The other three amps were not bad (Meier Classic, Schiit Lyr & Woo WA 6, The WA6 was the best of the 3) but I always felt the HD 800's were not performing upto their potential. Its when I got the Btl HD Crack with good tubes that I finally had a WOW :eek: moment & I realised that these are keepers. The WA22 has taken them to a new level.

post #10001 of 24367

i love my HD800 once i put it on my head. The precision, soundstage and separation of sound are far better compare to most of the headphones i tested before. 2ndly, the weight and its comfort... speechless, please allow me to say 'FXXXING GOOD'.

 

the only problem i had when i listen to them initially was the sound feel a bit lifeless, thin and bright through my current dac and tube amp. i rectified this condition by improving the RCA cable to a cheap and affordable chord company crimson plus cable. The result is noticeable, the sound become thicker and warmer, most importantly tune down the peak in treble. Thus, i have continuously enjoying this HD800 up to date which is more than 1.5years.

 

:rolleyes: last but not least, forget the gears and enjoy your music. 


Edited by YoengJyh - 4/19/14 at 4:22am
post #10002 of 24367

I have heard this talk that metal is usually mastered poorly and the HD800's were consistently regarded as a no no with such music but I do not feel that is the case.

 

A lot of the time it's the system chain and not the recording that is the issue.

I have thousands of rock and metal CD's and can honestly say that only one CD that I have ever played through the HD800's has been un-listenable.

 

Most just sound superb. The inherent qualities of the HD800's (speed, detail, clarity, dynamics and bass control) are all important attributes with metal music as they are with other genre's.

 

You have to also consider in what way is the recording 'bad'.  I have heard many recordings that have been overly warm, mushy, lacking hf's, bloated bass, poor dynamics and lacking clarity. I would want to use the HD800's with these recordings and they will sound far better than the 'forgiving' LCD2.2 I have when doing so.

 

As for brightness, well I just don't hear it even though I use silver cables, neutral SS amp and Sabre32 DAC.

There are many headphones that are brighter than the HD800's.

I know from personal experience the K701 and most Grados are brighter and the Grados are supposed to be the general recommendation for rock/metal, so how does that work when many people consider the HD800's too bright yet brighter phones are recommended!

 

I am also amazed people find then thin or boring/detached sounding even with tube amps. I don't hear that even when running through my PC.

 

I have absolutely no issues using the HD800's with metal, in fact I think they are superb with metal. And as Frank I said if I want to hear everything on a recording it's the HD800's I turn to.

post #10003 of 24367
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post
 

I have heard this talk that metal is usually mastered poorly and the HD800's were consistently regarded as a no no with such music but I do not feel that is the case.

 

A lot of the time it's the system chain and not the recording that is the issue.

I have thousands of rock and metal CD's and can honestly say that only one CD that I have ever played through the HD800's has been un-listenable.

 

Most just sound superb. The inherent qualities of the HD800's (speed, detail, clarity, dynamics and bass control) are all important attributes with metal music as they are with other genre's.

 

You have to also consider in what way is the recording 'bad'.  I have heard many recordings that have been overly warm, mushy, lacking hf's, bloated bass, poor dynamics and lacking clarity. I would want to use the HD800's with these recordings and they will sound far better than the 'forgiving' LCD2.2 I have when doing so.

 

As for brightness, well I just don't hear it even though I use silver cables, neutral SS amp and Sabre32 DAC.

There are many headphones that are brighter than the HD800's.

I know from personal experience the K701 and most Grados are brighter and the Grados are supposed to be the general recommendation for rock/metal, so how does that work when many people consider the HD800's too bright yet brighter phones are recommended!

 

I am also amazed people find then thin or boring/detached sounding even with tube amps. I don't hear that even when running through my PC.

 

I have absolutely no issues using the HD800's with metal, in fact I think they are superb with metal. And as Frank I said if I want to hear everything on a recording it's the HD800's I turn to.

+1 to that....My Cary makes the HD800's sing for metal....Plenty of bass and the open soundstage is like being at the concert.

post #10004 of 24367
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Originally Posted by nigeljames View Post

I have heard this talk that metal is usually mastered poorly and the HD800's were consistently regarded as a no no with such music but I do not feel that is the case.

A lot of the time it's the system chain and not the recording that is the issue.
I have thousands of rock and metal CD's and can honestly say that only one CD that I have ever played through the HD800's has been un-listenable.

Most just sound superb. The inherent qualities of the HD800's (speed, detail, clarity, dynamics and bass control) are all important attributes with metal music as they are with other genre's.

You have to also consider in what way is the recording 'bad'.  I have heard many recordings that have been overly warm, mushy, lacking hf's, bloated bass, poor dynamics and lacking clarity. I would want to use the HD800's with these recordings and they will sound far better than the 'forgiving' LCD2.2 I have when doing so.

As for brightness, well I just don't hear it even though I use silver cables, neutral SS amp and Sabre32 DAC.
There are many headphones that are brighter than the HD800's.
I know from personal experience the K701 and most Grados are brighter and the Grados are supposed to be the general recommendation for rock/metal, so how does that work when many people consider the HD800's too bright yet brighter phones are recommended!

I am also amazed people find then thin or boring/detached sounding even with tube amps. I don't hear that even when running through my PC.

I have absolutely no issues using the HD800's with metal, in fact I think they are superb with metal. And as Frank I said if I want to hear everything on a recording it's the HD800's I turn to.

Hi Nigel, would you mind sharing your set up used to drive the HD800? I love the speed and soundstage but the bass seems pretty tame. I have a couple of Grados and yes they do sound bright yet the strong mid bass more than makes up for it.

If i can be shown the right direction, then I hope to meet mu audio nirvana without over spending. Thanks in advance!
post #10005 of 24367
Just listening to Glen Hansard, Rhythm and Repose. This album is beautifully recorded and sounds incredible on the 800s . Can't recommend it highly enough.
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