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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. Sonic Defender Contributor
    I do have to point out that there can be a real link between cost and performance, not always as dominant or determining, but it is there. For instance, I completely agree with the sentiment the above poster advocates for, but I also would point out that the gear listed is very expensive so the idea that they will be more than just a price tag as articulated certainly is true, but there is an element of getting to that stage by affording the more expensive gear. I have come across people that eschew the idea that expensive gear is better, and even when they can afford top of the line gear, they actually find their preferred sound signatures in lower cost items, but those people are rare. I do think that typically people purchase the best that they can afford or rationalize.
     
  2. pietcux
    The 820 uses exactly the same connectors. I could use my Forza Audio Noir Hybrid 1.5m cable to run the HD820 from my Sony WM1A DAP. This cable is in use with my HD800SD normally.
     
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  3. IkSak
    Beautiful definition of endgame!!!

     
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  4. TYATYA
    How do you guys locate your hd800/s on your head?
    I put it off center to my back. Want to hear from helix than the way driver(s) pump to ear-hole Screenshot_20180730-230351_Gallery.jpg
     
  5. Nik74
    Beautiful post, sums up how I feel about my 800S!
     
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  6. peter123
    I'd suggest getting a XLR to 4.4 mm adapter instead of a new cable.
     
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  7. Thenewguy007
    Not true.
    https://www.innerfidelity.com/conte...search-realiser-a16-headphone-surround-system
    A well professionally tuned EQ will make headphones & speakers indistinguishable.

    As for the best speakers in the world bettering the best headphones in the world, the best speakers in the world sell for millions. Outside the HE-1, the highest selling headphones are around the $5,000 mark.
     
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  8. Audiofiend1
    I've been doing some serious gaming recently and been exclusively using my 800S. It's easily the best headset i've ever used for gaming. The soundstage is so big it beautifully captures everything that is going on in the game, it really amazes me how well each sounded is placed. The value it adds to my gaming experience makes the cost of the 800S well worth it, the level of realism is breathtaking to say the least. :)
     
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  9. Sonic Defender Contributor
    They are similar, but still quite different. A headphone can never imitate a speaker. You v=can use software to simulate room effects, but you can never perfectly duplicate them with software. Those are essentially claims made by a company with a vested interest in claiming they have conquered the laws of physics.
     
  10. Alson Chua
    Great! So I can buy the 820 4.4 original cable and use on 800S!

    I tried to find so far no result. Mostly xlr to 3.5
     
  11. peter123
    I know for sure that VE Clan has them, I'm pretty sure I've seen others as well.
     
  12. Whitigir
    Best to have driver center into your ear holes. That is because the center of the driver has nothing in it...maybe that resonance thing
     
  13. pieman3141
    Has anyone tried the 820 pads on the 800S? Is this possible? If so, what do they sound like?
     
  14. Ginge
    I've been looking for a balanced 4.4mm Pentaconn cable for over a year now, and didn't really like what was out there for the HD800. I did love the Sony Kimber Kable (MUC-B20SB1) that I had for the Z1R, I thought that cable really improved the sound of those headphones. I don't know if they'll affect the sound of the HD800S as much, but I wanted to give it a try. The cable was $250.

    Big thanks to Trevor over at Norne Audio for doing a custom job for me, and attached custom HD800 connectors. I'm very happy with the results. I'm going to try them out on the HDV820 and see if there's a noticeable difference.

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  15. ericx85
    Looking to replace my cables for this headphone. I use a GSX mk2 so would prefer a 4pin xlr connect. Main reason is I think the stock ones they came with cause a pop every once in a while that I don';t hear on other cans and I feel like the stock cable is way too long.

    Any recommendations? I wouldn't mind spending a little extra on something thats widely considered an improvement over the stock XLR cable either. Mainly just want something thats at least equal but much shorter. 5 feet would be good I think since the amp sits on my desk with me.
     
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