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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. Rob80b
    This may help others not to destroy the pads...removal at 10:50...he actually mentions they are harder to remove and states "you can't just pull up with your finger".

    As for the sound...we all have different shaped ears and canals and expectations (power of suggestion and the placebo effect can run rampant)...so our experiences will all be different, negative, positive or nothing at all...just the nature of this hobby...which can make it so frustrating at times or very rewarding.
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  2. Amberlamps
    After the persons post the other day, I tried to take the pads off to see how hard they were to take off, my test resulted in the tip of the blue spudger tool breaking off.

    These are hard to come off, but I did get one to, I didn't bother trying with the second. I started with that blue tool, got a corner off and then did try to run the spudger around the frame but it was not happening, I had to do a combination of the blue spudger, the dekoni twist and the wiggle jiggle before it finally came off.

    They are held on good, but if you remove them a couple of times, the tight fit should ease up, I think.

    Folks, do what the video says, never ever try to just pull up on these pads as you are likely to break something.
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  3. Ichos
    Yes indeed , they were very hard to remove I almost broke my nails as I didn't have a proper tool.
    I managed to pull them out only from the corners.
  4. dmdm
    So I've been A/Bing the benchmark dac1 and dac2 side by side with the 800 and 800S, and I honestly cannot hear the difference between dacs. Others on the forum claim this 'difference' between the two, stating the dac2 is so much better SQ wise, but I cant hear it. They're both excellent.
  5. Amberlamps
    Not sure if you still have those pads on, but for £2.50 you can get these.


    Damn thats a big link. It has a few spudgers and some other useful tool's for taking earpads off or fixing mobile phones or tablets or anything else. The tip of the spudgers are easy to crack or break, I have a couple of spudgers and one of them has a snapped off tip, it can still work, but maybe not for getting the initial corner to lift.
  6. Whazzzup
    This has been a long pad discussion.
  7. dmdm
    Too long.
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  8. vlach
  9. Roasty
    Hi all

    Just need some quick advice.

    My present cans are Focal Utopia and Meze Empyrean. Their sound signatures are very different, but i really like both of them.

    I tried the HD800S for the first time in the shop last week; it was hooked up to a Benchmark dac3 and Benchmark HPA4. Somehow, the HD800S sounded very thin and hollow (in comparison to the empyrean which was also hooked up to the same setup).

    My question is, would it be that I'm just not used to the HD800S sound signature, or it was just a bad pairing with the benchmark gear?
  10. Whazzzup
    I would compare hd800S to utopia, or at least on the same plain to see what your preference is, not that i have heard either but from descriptions empyriean is in-between 800S and lcd4. I won't test utopia as an example. I don't want competition but compliments. I think you have them at present as mine is a fully modded la900 to 800s, im set.. I have never tried those dacs and amps either. hd800s wideness could lead to construe a thin mid, but its solved by an excellent server. you get what you put in.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  11. dmdm
    That sounds odd, because I love my 800S and 800 with benchmark gear.
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  12. manzano804
    I also love my HD 800S with Benchmark DAC 3 HGC (HPA2) and AHB2
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  13. Amberlamps
    Pad discussions can never be too long. Ideally we would need roughly 1/4 of the internets entire storage space for pad discussions.

    The other 3/4's is for Chord threads. :)
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  14. dmdm
    I'd like to get that combo next, but I can't tell the difference between the dac1 and dac2 so the slight improvements with the dac3 would probably be lost on me. It's most likely my old ears as I'm over 40.

    I'm actually going to hook the jds element dac up to the dac1 and see if I can hear a difference between those two dacs.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  15. Whazzzup
    nooooo not chord threads......
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