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post #61 of 96
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If you prefer the TH900, you're going to find the HD-800s too thin-sounding for sure, especially in immediately comparison.

 

Depends on the rest of the rig, as usual. In direct A/B on my ZDSE/DP1-I didn't think the HD800 was thinner at all. Just better really in most aspects, both technically and *gasp* musically. The TH900 is definitely the more euphonic/fun headphone-but isn't technically on the same page as the HD800. On most any other rig I've heard the Senn on-I might vote for the Fostex, as it is easier to please.

 

I'd agree. I find some people prefer the fun over the accuracy, but the HD-800s with the right tube-amp rig can be awesome. I think in direct comparison the result is either people find the either pair too much one way or the other.

post #62 of 96

I agree with those saying it depends on the music one listens to. I listen to a lot of modern electronica lately, so the TH900 is the phone for me. But I have to switch to something else like the HD800 for classical and such. But the HD800 leaves me a little cold for the electronic music in comparison to the TH900. 

 

I would add that I actually really enjoy the soundstage of the TH900. It's not as expansive as that of the HD800, but it just feels right to me, and is impressive for a closed can. 

post #63 of 96
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I agree with those saying it depends on the music one listens to. I listen to a lot of modern electronica lately, so the TH900 is the phone for me. But I have to switch to something else like the HD800 for classical and such. But the HD800 leaves me a little cold for the electronic music in comparison to the TH900. 

I would add that I actually really enjoy the soundstage of the TH900. It's not as expansive as that of the HD800, but it just feels right to me, and is impressive for a closed can. 

This is how I feel when I heard the th900 and when I listen to my hd800
post #64 of 96

Nothing really depends on anything else than personal preferences... while TH900 had a "wow" bass factor at first (for electronica), in the end it got "old" pretty fast for me. Happy with my HD800 for ANY genre. While I don't even bother to EQ anymore, it's always an option and Realiser does it's own thing when needed..

post #65 of 96

I have EQ'd extensively between the HD800 and D7000.  If from what I understand the D7000 is the foundation for the TH900, the answer for which to buy for EQ responsiveness is the HD800 by far.  I have found no major flaws with the HD800s precision in any frequency groups. 

 

Because of this you can shape the sound of the HD800 to your listening levels and recording tone dynamically with almost no penalty in precision.  I could easily make the HD800 sound like an open version of the D7000s and because it will sound like an open headphone IMO it will sound better just for that.

 

It will sound better also because the lower mid range can breathe and remain crisp.  This is where the D7000s fall - the lower mids are comparatively smeared, smothered and congested and that cannot be EQ'd for parity with the HD800s very good midrange.  Even if they fixed this on the TH900, which I doubt, I am certain on my suspicion that Fostex has not matched the HD800 in transient response.

post #66 of 96
I had my mind set on either the TH900 or TH900 but I may have give the HD800 a listen.
post #67 of 96
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I had my mind set on either the TH900 or TH900 


i like how you have to choose between these 2, obviously the th900 is a winner in this comparison!

post #68 of 96
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i like how you have to choose between these 2, obviously the th900 is a winner in this comparison!

I think he meant the TH900.
(Chuckling "with" not "at." Been there, done that myself!)
post #69 of 96
Actually.... it's not THAT obvious because it could also be that the TH900 is the loser. :P TH600 smily_headphones1.gif

I meant to say "who's on first and what's on second..." lol
Edited by Rayzilla - 12/21/13 at 4:43pm
post #70 of 96
About a month ago, the only HP I thought about for my next purchase was the TH900. Then as I started to read so many positive things about the TH600, I added that to the radar since I thought it would be easier to get the green light on it. tbc. ...
post #71 of 96
Th900 has a smoother & more refined treble and cleaner subbass. But that may not be a priority for you given your taste in HPs. Hence the TH600 is a very good choice to consider.
post #72 of 96

I am looking to purchase either the HD800/ HDVD800 or TH900/ HPA8.

 

I actually owned the HD800 before and was driving it with Meier Classic.

The sound was generally treble tilted at the volume that I listen to, and the bass only kicks in when I turn the volume up.

I have read that other head-fiers experience this issue as well.  However, I could not listen at the level for long.  

I also use turntable and the cracks and pops, even on a clean vinyl is quite unbearable.

 

Have read that the HDVD, being designed specifically for HD800, addresses this issue.

But the question really is to what extent?  Can anyone weigh in here?

 

Or am I better off with the TH900/ HPA8?

I listen to jazz and classical.

 

No preference for closed or open. Looking for a high end well matched setup.

No planars (too heavy/ uncomfortable) and no electrostatic (out of my budget).

post #73 of 96

maybe you could try upgrading your turntable to one that does not crack and pop before getting new headphones and dac

post #74 of 96

Some people believe amps/dacs/cables make a night and day difference, some don't. No one can decide for you..

 

If you ask me, it sounds a bit silly to expect HDVD would change the way pops and clicks annoy you. Probably TH900 would make the most change for low level listening for it's U-shaped sound.


Edited by hekeli - 1/4/14 at 8:50am
post #75 of 96
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Originally Posted by hekeli View Post
 

Some people believe amps/dacs/cables make a night and day difference, some don't. No one can decide for you..

 

If you ask me, it sounds a bit silly to expect HDVD would change the way pops and clicks annoy you. Probably TH900 would make the most change for low level listening for it's U-shaped sound.

 

So, i take it that you have heard the HDVD800?
No difference to other amps when reproducing the upper and lower end?

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