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Ok maybe I should just enjoy my 800 and 800S then and forget about it.
Yes that would work best and then spend the money you saved on more music.
Sounds good. Great idea.
I am happy with the 800 benchmark pairing. It's that lousy audiophile upgraditis wanna buy audio products syndrome. I've had it most of my life and it's an awful affliction.
I hear ya..thankfully I seem to have found my peace with the HD800S-ADI-2-V280 combi but the upgraditus bug urges me to buy better speakers now..it's a bloody plague
I'm lucky I found my holy grail speakers. I love my bryston golden ear synergy. Now I'm fully head over heels into headphones.
It's funny how I don't really listen to my speaker setup or home theatre anymore, I use headphones for everything.
I was very disappointed with the Ether 2. The only headphone I’d upgrade with from 800S is the Susvara...but only if someone else pays for it.
Maybe the Arya? I keep hearing its the sweet spot in the Hifiman lineup.
It’s a very good headphone. But I’d call it a sidegrade compared to the 800S. It’s not better, in my opinion. I wrote a very detailed review of the Arya in the Arya thread.
Well I just bought the meze 99s, and I am in love. It looks like my next purchase will have to be the empyreans.
But if those are too soft and warm for my taste: not enough edge to the sound.
Mess 99 sorry yuk, imo. Empyrean seems promising, so does Diana phi.....but even susvara harmonious nature couldn’t do it, course if it was same price as Hd800S maybe, sure.
Totally feel that.
What areas did you feel the Ether 2 fell short in? I have to admit to not personally meshing with the Ether Flow when I had it available on loan. For me it was just too clean and lacked any weight and while it is easy enough to over thicken a sound signature and make it a dull mess; however, lack of an appropriate amount of weight in the sound signature leaves the sound thin and etched for me and as crazy detail retrieval isn't my thing, I don't respond to such signatures. I know that many do, but it isn't my deal. I simply loved the 800S and do not feel that it lacked weight. I did plump up the lower frequencies slightly, but only a little. Still miss that headphone. Sigh, to be in an economic position where I didn't have to sell gear off to try new gear.
Any of you guys recommend a decent portable amp to drive my HD800S . My desktop amp has died on me and I don’t think I will replace it . So looking for an amp to pair with my iPhone XR
Any help appreciated