I've done a fair bit of reading here, testing a number of head phones but something is confusing me. I hope some can give me some insight.
The HD800 is by all accounts a very fast, articulate, transparent, detailed headphone.
The HE500 is also considered fast and transparent but I've not heard any every say that it is faster, more transparent or more articulate than the HD800.
I'm running Minimax plus DAC and a solid state Bobby amp - makes for a relatively neutral detailed setup.
Here is where I am confused. Clearly the HD800 has a larger soundstage. However, to my ears, I consistently hear the HE500 as being faster and more transparent, and dare I say, 'sweeter'. . If the HE500 had the soundstage of the HD800, I'd keep the HE500 in a heart beat.
I realize that there is a fair bit of subjectivity in hearing and preferences but surely there's enough concensus that the HD800 has very high transparenty and speed so that what I am hearing doesn't make sense?
Can anyone give me insight to what I am hearing?