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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. Hifiearspeakers
    And everyone is allowed to have their preference! There’s nothing wrong with that.
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  2. bagwell359
    LCD-2 certainly has a huge divot in the mids and the top half of the top octave... comparing that to the 800S is laughable. The 800's do have a bit of a suckout in the upper mids, but it doesn't wreck the sense of dynamics, or screw up the tonality of voices, or the serious detail. Yes I'm sure it adds a sense of depth, and helps listening to difficult recordings.

    PDG - pretty damn great.
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  3. peter123
    For people looking for a portable device to drive the HD800S I'd strongly recommend to read up about the E1DA PowerDAC V2. It does a beautiful job driving them and would be a great option for use in a office or hotel room. It does also have a HD800S to Harmon preset for those interested in that.


    The price? $59 with free shipping from Aliexpress :wink:
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  4. dmdm
    Nice. I just bring one of my benchmark dacs with me to hotels for power.

    What pads are those?
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2019
  5. peter123
    Ha ha, I like that :)

    The pads are some no name sheepskin ones that I picked up for $26 on the latest Aliexpress sale. So far I'm really liking them.
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  6. dmdm
    Cool, I'll have to check those out.
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  7. Viszla
    Think they are misodiko pads.
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  8. Deftone
    I prefer the dip, HD650 was too fatiguing after an hour.
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  9. dmdm
    Anyone have sheepskin pads? How do you find the sound signature?
  10. Hifiearspeakers
    Me too!
  11. dmdm
    I don't mind my 650s, but I wouldn't write home about them.
  12. Deftone
    The fatigue was with compressed modern music, they sounded like they were shouting at me but with jazz and acoustic they were perfectly fine.
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  13. Amberlamps
    I have them and I much prefer the misodiko pads to the stock ones.

    They are more or less exactly the same as the stock pads, but comfier and possibly make the bass a slight touch better.

    Although they are hard to take off, but aslong as you don't use force and use the dekoni removal method, everything is milk and honey.

    I forgot to add, my pads were starting to look manky and flat as I use them alot, but with a splash of audeze leather care juice, rub in wait a few minutes and buff out, the pads are like new again.

    I recommend everyone who uses leather pads to show them some love on a regular basis and juice them up.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2019
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  14. dmdm
    Sounds good, no pun intended. I might get a pair for the my 800 set.
  15. G0rt
    I spent a number of hours this weekend going back and forth between stock and Misodiko lambskins on my HD800S.

    Overall I found them quite usable, both comfortable and of decent quality, especially as they're about half the price of OEM.

    They do seem to me to take away more air than I'd really prefer, but the effect isn't actually unpleasant, just very ... polite.

    I suspect they might do better on an 800, but I'll probably stick to OEM on the S.
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