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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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    I order silver plated Satin audio cable, a brand in my local a month ago.
    8 wires, 2.0m long, I dont know AWG number but it is quite big for almost connector.
    It cost $250.
    It has same sound stage size and shape as stock cable. It improve the detail, transparent, a bit better bass amount.

    My recomend is silver plate for 800s and copper for none s version.
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  2. chimney189
    Good day forum,
    I'm looking for a compliment to the HD 800S.

    I'd like it to be more affordable .. so I don't feel like I'm handling a newborn.. and I could take it with me on trips without worry.
    I've narrowed it down to two options so far: HD 650 and Mod House Audio Argon

    What do you guys think?
    Which one would be a better compliment?
    Mind you, I'm also a bit curious as to how the 650 sound with my Bottlehead.
    The Argon sounds like a load of fun though.
  3. chimney189
    Have you by any chance tried to game with the TH900?
    I find this headphone to be one of the most 'fun' experiences with gaming.
  4. Rob80b
    It would be hard to beat the current offering from Massdrop...the HD58Xs ....the drop is still on...not so much complimentary but way more in line with the 800S sound than the 650s.
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    After taking in David Byrnes "American Utopia" concert over the weekend I'm currently listening to the Talking Heads excellent "Stop Making Sense" soundtrack and the HD58Xs at $149...price, performance wise they're giving my 800S a run for their money......running off my Bryston combo BCD-1/BHA-1 the clarity and balance with excellent defined bass really makes them a no brainer IMHO.
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  5. chimney189
    Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm looking for a headphone that is complimentary.
  6. peter123
    Of all the headphones that I've got the one that is the best compliment to the HD800S for me are the Onkyo A800. It's a lot cheaper than the HD800S but I find it to be a nice break from them quite often due to its very different presentation. I think the A800 is truly a hidden gem at its price point.

    As always YMMV, best is of course to demo some alternatives if you've got the possibility to do so.
  7. chimney189
    From what I'm reading it looks like these have a neutral, intimate presentation with an elevated bass?
  8. peter123
    Yeah, that's fairly right. They're definitely warmer and more fuller sounding compared to the HD800S but not as warm and midbass heavy as the HD650 imo. For me the A800 was everything I hoped for the HD650 to be but the latter still have a small advantage in the midrange presentation. The A800 has better extension in both ends. The detail retrieval (while not quite on HD800S level) is surprisingly good for a headphone with this sound signature. They're also more intimate in their presentation compared to the HD800S but the depth and layering is very good in them. I'd say that they're very easy to enjoy and not particularly picky about the source either. The design may scare some people off and I've heard a couple of complaints about comfort but I find them very comfortable my self (for reference I've got a quite small head).
  9. Amberlamps
    I was wondering, 800 or 800S, are the cups easy to slide down from the headband ?

    One side of mine ( the right ) is super easy to fall down by itself and I was wondering if its just how these cans are, or if my cans are defective.

    I have noticed this since day one. For the price I would of thought some pressure would of been needed to adjust the cups height, but at times, the right hand side will slip down by itself. Does that happen with other owners ?
  10. donlin
    Yes, they slip down very easily. I’ve owned 2 hd800 and 2 hd800S and they were all the same. Fortunately I wear them fully extended so it’s not a problem for me.
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  11. Audiofiend1
    I have adjusted my 800S on both sides to my preffered cup height and have not touched it in many months. It does not slide down at all unless i make it slide down. Now keep in mind i am gentle with my headphones but i don't see it sliding down by itself very easily, mine seems tight to me.
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  12. manzano804
    I am having the same issue ( right cup slids down by itself when the headphone is on its stand ) and was wondering if my 800S were defective but it seems i am not alone.
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  13. TYATYA
    Mine is not solid like as hd650 but enough and not to drops itself
  14. donlin
    HD650 is still the best design for this particular issue.
  15. Amberlamps
    It seems like this is a common issue.

    It doesnt fall down on its own if I am being gentle, its just a little bit easy to move compared to the left side, and the left side has a louder click sound when moving the cups up or down.
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