My preference has always been for warmer, fuller sounding headphones, like the HD6XX and LCD-2. But I felt I should get something different to compliment those. Turns out, the HD800 is not as different as I imagined. I had always read how bright the treble is, but I find the presentation on the warm side, and the treble much smoother than I ever imagined, based on the reviews. In fact, the LCD-2.2Fazor has more treble sparkle. But it is over-all warmer than the HD800, and certainly has more bass. Again, though, the HD800 is not as bass-shy as I feared, either. It's wonderfully balanced. The HD800 does not fit my "perfect" signature, but it's very enjoyable, especially with acoustic music. And I LOVE the soundstage!