Originally Posted by DefQon
Yeah that's what I originally thought as well with Colorware HD800's till I shot an email to them, they said besides using durable pressured paint spray on there HD800's, all Colorware HD800's are then coated with a thick layer of clear enamel to prevent easy scuffs and scratches, which at least you have to admit sounds a lot promising in terms of durability then Sennheiser's stock silver paint.
Wouldn't say mid-fi stuff sound lot worse, some of them do just as good if not better than some of the "sound-flawed" flagships or higher end equipment gear (amp/dac).
I actually didn't like any of Sennheisers headphones except for the HD 800s (HD-25II not included), the HD 650s were just bad imo and the HD 598s just lacked something.
Not to mention the new portable wubwub headphones...
I also listened to the T1 as it was either the T1 or the HD 800s but the HD 800s' clarity is just better, it does feel a bit like magic. The T1 sounded a tad dark-ish to me where as the HD 800 is the sparkly stuff that I like. The T1 had much better build quality though, the HD 800s felt fragile when I picked them up for the first time and now I know why.
Originally Posted by Audio Jester
Harping back to the OP. This is not just an audio thing. Ever owned or know someone who owns a hotrod? How about a bespoke architecturally designed home? The thing is that with most hand made/ limited run items there is variability in the construction process and there is always a chance that something will fail in an unexpected way. As well as that, many hand made high end items have not had the wealth of trial and error that exists with an item that has been around for a long time and has had many iterations to overcome flaws that only raise their head after a long period of time. I can tell you many stories of high end, super expensive custom joinery that has been put into a building and even though it has been designed by people who know how to properly design these things and it has been crafted by master craftsmen the item has still failed somehow.... not every item does, but it happens from time to time.
I am a little surprised that your HD800's had problems. I would have expected Sennheiser to have had enough experience with that model that most creases were ironed out. Irrespective of that there are still variations in the manufacturing process that are unavoidable. It is a bit of a shame about the paint though.
Hotrod in the Netherlands? No way! x)
Huge mansions in the Netherlands? Not unless you're a superstar.
But hand-made to me means that every solder joint is done by a person, which means that the person sees the joint and sees if he failed and can therefore correct the joint.
The DAC probably failed on day 1 or day 2, I just never used the headphone-output after the initial 5 minutes or so.
I still don't understand how a cable can start go bad, especially when it's a €180 MSRP (IIRC) fancy Kevlar™ 1337 silver-plated OFC hur hur durp cable. I never had a cable fail on me and the KSC75 cable is pretty damn thin...
At least my dealer was nice, they sent me the cable of their demo HD 800s and I may or may not have to send back the old one.