Originally Posted by coinmaster
So I have the hd800s with the odac+o2 and I'm not noticing anything difference with the odac+o2 compared to onboard sound other than the fact that it gets a little louder. It actually seems like the clarity is worse on the odac+o2 and I get the distinct feeling like the odac isn't driving my headphones hard enough. Do I have a defective unit or does the odac just suck for the hd800s?
Well, I never heard that odac+o2 (probably like my xonar stx) , but usual source recommendation for the hd800 are in the 500$ - 2000$ range.
You can find all kind of "informed" opinions (looks a lot like wine tasting to me)
on this thread:
EDIT: it's weird that your onboard soundcard sound better though. Maybe you are improperly using the odac+o2 .
My shure 535s are beating the hd800s in every respect other than soundstage.
Really ? Come on, try different kind of music. I'm sure classical music would sound better on the hd800, it's the genre they are supposed to be best (and jazz too).
I also love dark ambient on them.
I'd think that the hd800 are more detailed than your se535.
Anyways , it's sad what happen to you.
Like other tried to explain before, despite the "overwhelming" number of qualities that the hd800 have; it's just a better idea to try them before you buy them.
In my case, I've listened the hd800 in the store, and I was quite hesitating to buy them (eh, I wanted to make a gift to myself).
You have four options:
1) try a "better" source, in the hope that the hd800 would match better your taste
2) listen to different kind of music, or just take time to "understand" the hd800 sound
3) use an eq
4) buy an other headphone
In the appreciation thread for the HDV800 amp, it was funny to read someone complaining that the hd800 didn't sound much better than his hd598 (hd800 + hdv800 = 3500$ !)
Typical argument is "law of diminishing returns" , or in my own words, how much are you ready to spend for small improvements here & there.
If you have some money to burn, I guess you'd hesitate less.
You decide, you've just opened the pandora box.
Let me know, if you found a solution.
Edited by extrabigmehdi - 7/15/13 at 3:32pm