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post #16 of 27
I prefer HD800, HD700 look and feel cheap, sound-quality-wise I prefer HD800.
post #17 of 27
If you want get HD650 for $149.99. smily_headphones1.gif Go to Amazon now check it out.


Sorry guys, looks like it's all gone.
Edited by Canadian411 - 9/10/13 at 10:49am
post #18 of 27
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After comparing alot of headphones, I ordered the Shure SRH 1840. It was also alot better than the HD700 (unless you really like the sound character of the HD700 though :P). And as an added bonus, it's a headphone that is not hard to drive. 

 

But somehow I have the feeling that I will regret not buying the HD800 with a nice DAC + Amp. :( My biggest reason for not buying the HD800 was that I'm afraid I"m going to need to spend over $2000 to make them sound good after reading how hard they are to drive.


Edited by ubs28 - 9/10/13 at 12:27pm
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by ubs28 View Post
 

After comparing alot of headphones, I ordered the Shure SRH 1840. It was also alot better than the HD700 (unless you really like the sound character of the HD700 though :P). And as an added bonus, it's a headphone that is not hard to drive. 

 

But somehow I have the feeling that I will regret not buying the HD800 with a nice DAC + Amp. :( My biggest reason for not buying the HD800 was that I'm afraid I"m going to need to spend over $2000 to make them sound good after reading how hard they are to drive.

 

I've powered the HD800's quite successfully with a Matrix M-Stage, Audio GD NFB15, and a Magni/Modi combo. A lot of people (not all) just didn't like the signature of the 800's til they went tube but I honestly loved them just fine whether in a $200 wunderbox or a $1500 stack of Schiit.

 

You will like SRH1840. You will like them a lot. Better than HD700? I have no idea, it's a preference thing, but yes you are correct it can be plugged into a computer's speaker out half the time and be dandy.

 

800's are just dang expensive too and you take a huge hit when you go to sell.

post #20 of 27

I've had the HD700 for three months and just bought a HD800. I think the HD800 is very different from the HD700. 800 is kind of bright but 700 is quite dark. I prefer the HD800 with my QB9 > DNA sonett amp.

post #21 of 27

I use the HD700 with a Schiit Lyr and really enjoy the combo out of my AK120. I also do not find it as bright as the HD800.

post #22 of 27

Perhaps being a little dark is not HD700's biggest problem. The price is! It's overpriced at $1000 and it can't stand out even at it's price of $600 now.

post #23 of 27

I think the main problem with the HD800 is that its like a ferrari: you need the right tires, the right fuel, the right driver... it looks like you need to not only build a system around the HD800, but also listen to specific music (Classic, jazz, acoustic).

 

I love good quality music but I dont haev the time or money to get that much into it, and thats why I am slightly leaning towards the HD700, even if its not as refined as the HD800. (thou I still want to audition both for some time to make up my mind).

post #24 of 27

I'm using the non expensive NuForce DAC100 to drive the 800. I think it is really nice combo. The 800 sounds flat and very detailed. Maybe an expensive tube amp could be better for the 800s but with US$1000 DAC100 + 800s the 700s cannot compete for sure.  

post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by hencaio View Post
 

I've had the HD700 for three months and just bought a HD800. I think the HD800 is very different from the HD700. 800 is kind of bright but 700 is quite dark. I prefer the HD800 with my QB9 > DNA sonett amp.


big dip between 1k and 6k

post #26 of 27

I prefer the HD700 over the HD800 in terms of every day use and listening.

 

While I appreciate the HD800 clarity, definition and openness, it is a  little too stale to me for everyday music/movies. But a great reference source to remember neutrality.

 

I think the HD700 has a "fun" factor to it without losing its key features. And paired up with a WA7 it keeps a smile on my face.

 

And at this moment, the HD700 is about AU$599. Totally worth $600 IMO.

post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
 

 

Nailed on the head. Super thumbs up.

 

650 sounds congested, yet comfortable and soothing. It's good in it's own right but I'm somewhat of a purist in my sonic preferences so I like the neutrality of 600 and 800.


Thanks guys

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