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Final Audio D8000 Planar Magnetic Headphone

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by Bloos, Apr 27, 2017.
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  1. Pharmaboy
    I heard a modded pair of HD800s several months ago...was very impressed, even though they are kind of the polar opposite of my usual headphone/voicing tastes. I heard the Final D8000 in 2 different booths/rooms at Canjam (the room was much quieter). Not a very long exposure, to be sure, but extremely impressive. So not prolonged experience w/either HP.

    Still, I'll go out on a limb and say these headphones don't sound alike. For example, the D8000 has what I regard as spectacular bass--reaching very low, having what sounded like excellent pitch differentiation & impact. Plus it has that quiet-then-BIG planar quality that's hard to describe...smoothness that gets big in a hurry when the music calls for it. I couldn't evaluation soundstaging very well in either setup, but it sounded at least very good, also very open/transmissive of sound in & out (that's generally a good thing in open designs IMO).

    The HD800s had an entirely different presentation: all about space, and to a lesser degree, tonality. Bass was better than I'd been led to expect (that could be the mod in action), but those aren't heardphones I'd turn to for state of the art bass. I would turn to them for state-of-the-art repro of acoustic, minimally miked music, particularly symphonic/classical/chamber/choral.

    Very different sounds. I suspect you'll find they match well because they're dissimilar, but each capable of great refinement/sonic distinction.
  2. bronco1015
    To clarify a bit, I didn't just buy the d8000 for bass, which is what I think my previous post implies. Having spent a decent amount of time w the d8000, and who knows how long with the 800S, i'd say your observation of both pretty well describes why I didn't even question whether I was keeping both. For me it was, man these 800S are so amazing with some of my favorite music, will I find a headphone that has what i want that the 800S lack. In short, that's why I bought the D8000.
  3. bronco1015
    Was a bit rushed earlier, but looking back I don't feel I answered your question. I'd primarily listen to the HD800S not just for a different sound from the D8000, but also amazing for classical, Soundtracks etc.
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  4. ToroFiestaSol
    Hey @Oscar-HiFi, some time ago you said that the 55x55mm pads "taper inside" to be "wider"...55mm wide is enough for almost any ear, but the average height of male ears is 65mm (10mm more)...maybe you wanted to say that they taper inside to be "taller"· (no "wider")? You know, to fit over medium size 65mm tall ears without pressure/contact with the earpads
  5. ostewart
    Replying from my home account, yes that would be correct :)
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  6. LaCuffia
    From what I remember at CanJam, there is plenty of room with the pads. They sound awesome.
  7. Pharmaboy
    I heard the D8000 in 2 locations in CanJam. They are physically quite large (guessing the earcup diameter is 110mm); the pads have a large, circular inside opening for ears, if I recall.

    Not sure of the depth, though. It might not be terribly deep. Don't recall my ears hitting the drivers, though.

    These are big headphones that aren't terribly heavy and are relatively comfortable. The comfort factor that I was uncertain about was the headband. Can't recall how well or not well it's padded, but I recall it feeling somewhat firm.

    Then again, I was so impressed by the sound I was getting from this headphone that I didn't really focus much on comfort...
  8. Hifiearspeakers
    I don’t recall you ever posting any impressions? What happened?
  9. cskippy
    Heard these at RMAF, very intriguing.
  10. Hifiearspeakers
    Would love to hear your thoughts and impressions of them!
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  11. cskippy
    @Hifiearspeakers Unfortunately my impressions were skewed as I was getting over a cold and had blocked ears from altitude change. To further confuse me, they were using gear I hadn't heard before.

    i did try them out of my phone and they were surprisingly good so sensitivity should not be an issue. I don't recall having an comfort issues either, which is a good thing in my book.

    Hopefully I can hear these on my own system and provide proper feedback.
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  12. bronco1015
    Unfortunately, haven't received them yet. 2 weeks ago I was told 2-4 weeks before they'd ship.
  13. Hifiearspeakers
    What? That’s crazy! Where did you order them from? I ordered mine from Audio46 two days ago and they have already arrived at my local Fedex. I hope to be listening to them tonight after work.
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  14. bronco1015
    Nice! Guess I could have went that route, but I ordered direct since I don't have a final dealer anywhere close to me. It's just as well though, wouldn't really have time to listen to them much right now anyway . Do you plan to give them any time for burn in?
  15. Hifiearspeakers
    No. My burn in plan has always been to just listen to them. I’m going to post pics tonight and then my first impressions this weekend. Then I’ll just give updates over time.
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