I reach out you for help....
Okay - Did my research. I read everything I could on this can. I asked questions, took advice, weighed my options. I went to different retailers and auditioned them - count it - four times.
I loved them every time. I tried them on a cheap shelf Panasonic system to a Burson Soloist. I liked them. A LOT. I tried T1's, HE-500's, TH900's, PS1000's and I hands down preferred the HD800's, every time to all of them.
Months went buy and on black Friday I picked a brand new (SN26XXX) from my local Sennheiser dealer.
I got home and plugged them with great excitement (can you tell where this is going?) and... and... Umm... I don't really like them. Listening to Turnadot [Sutherland/Pavarotti FLAC], I find the vocalists sound small and recessed. I was looking the for the exact opposite. I find his voice to sound lifeless by contrast. What gives? The HD800's are suppose to excel at this. I prefer my HD600's. I listening to the 800's now, missing my 600's. I'm using a Speedballed Crack with an NFB12.1, so I realize it's not the pinnacle of gear, but should be at least 'alright'. Now, I only picked them up last night, and they have been playing non-stop since. At the beginning, I did not like the HD600's either, and they really got a great deal better, but still...
I distinctly remember them sounding better (with inferior sources). The sound stage is only marginally bigger than the HD600's.
The thing is the things I didn't like about the HD600's were the bass (too much, and too muddy), the treble (not enough or detailed), and the small stage. The things I did like about the 600's was the mids and comfort. The HD800's seems like a logical choice - no?
Am I missing something here? Am I just being sentimental as in, I am so used to the 600's that I have to adjust? I can't believe that my chain is so poor - the SB/Crack is reported to pretty good with the 800's.
Any thoughts on what is going on?
-Dazed and Confused.
Edited by bigfatpaulie - 12/4/13 at 5:20pm