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Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by shabta, Jan 19, 2016.
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  1. jtinto
    I kept the HD800 and Focal Clear for just that reason. It's nice to switch.
    The LCD-2 should be a good combination as well ...
  2. Slim1970
    I have the Pro iCan and they sound amazing on it. I also give them a sub bass boost with the XBass+ and they sound so much fuller. It's a great pairing in my opinion.
  3. Brooko Contributor
    Most of the time its just the iFi iDSD. More than enough power. Sounds wonderful. Best of all, a very small footprint. I use it on the desktop mostly. I also have a full OTL Tube - the "Enterprise" from VE. The HD800S is pretty magical out of both. But then I've found it great out of virtually any amp with a linear output, and enough power output.
  4. Slim1970
    The HD800S's are special. Even against Utopia's they do things the Utopia's can't. I really wish people could hear them with the Pro iCan and the added sub-bass. It's mind boggling how good they sound. The HD800S's already offer an out of head experience. Now imagine that experience with sub-bass. They are scary good!
  5. S Crowther
    I used to drive the HD800S from V2V1 balanced and that was fine for me. I only listen to classical. Then I tried them with Pro-Ject head box RS and preferred the SQ. Slimmer, leaner, purer sound, more focussed.
    The Pro-Ject is hybrid design with variable impedance setting.
  6. smodtactical
    What do you think they do better than Utopia beyond sound stage?
  7. Slim1970
    With the added sub bass the sense of realism and depth to sound is amazing and to my ears best the Utopia's. They sound more full bodied and even more 3D like. The bass goes deeper and is more layered as well. The Pro iCan with the first setting of XBass+ on let's the HD800S's shine.
  8. Whitigir
    These above are true, but it lacks those dynamic punches ROFLMAO. Now, if we can have 800s+Utopia to have a BaBy, like combining both into 1
  9. Hifiearspeakers
    Why can’t Focal create a Utopia with soundstage? $4000 and you can’t R&D a soundstage?
  10. Arniesb
    Dont forget super costly not maintanable headband that when wear out will cost arm and leg to replace! Sennheiser only company that cares about every detail unlike most companys.
  11. Whitigir
    Stax does care too :)

    Compare to their Grande Utopia, it is nothing :D. Wait until you hear Focal Utopia Grande headphones or whenever it comes out
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
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  12. Hifiearspeakers
    But Stax chains you to one specific amplifier.
  13. Whitigir
    Even better, less rabbit hole to venture. It saves helleluva lot of money
  14. 111MilesToGo
    Just to make sure: Which branch of the iFi Pro iCAN do you use, the SS or the tubes? When do you experience the nice synergies with the HD 800 S, one of them or both?

    From your gear list I see you have the Hugo 2. What are your experiences with the Hugo 2 and HD 800 S, without the iCAN as compared to with it?
  15. casper3127
    Sorry to say but I don't agree with that. They're like other mainstream companies who give a damn for their high-end customers. I'm speaking of course from my experience.
    Audeze is really a company one can fully trust on. Eyes really wide shut.

    YMMV of course.
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