Originally Posted by elmoe
Sounds like your receiver's headphone amp is crappy. It's very rare to hear that a TOTL headphone is beaten in detail/clarity by a 5.1 1000usd setup.
But if you look at the pieces, the 5.1 system is driving six separate speakers of 5" to 7" (not to mention the tweeters) + a subwoofer, all positioned around my ears, some 3 feet away, some 11 feet away, and calibrated so that all deliver about the same dB to my ear. These aren't top of the line speakers, but they're not super cheap speakers either. Their market value when I purchased them was probably about $500 or so (one half of the $1,000 speaker + receiver package I'm guessing).
The HD800 has two tiny 1-2" drivers. If you think of it, how could the HD800 possibly outperform the speaker setup in any sound metric, really in any way?
The problem is that if I want to really have fun, and have about 62-67db of music (measured at my ear, as opposed to at the speaker) I have to turn the speakers up so loud that my neighbor will probably hear it. And I listen at relatively low volumes, some people on Head-Fi like 85db and above of dBa when measured at their ear, which would require booming the stereo, something that only a person with land and property can do (and no family).
Edited by ag8908 - 3/15/14 at 5:37am