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Sennheiser HD820

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by Dulalala, Apr 29, 2017.
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  1. SeanS
    If anyone can compare the HD820 to an LCD-xc or a Mr. Speakers closed model that would be useful as well. I know comparisons between dynamic and planars can be "apples to oranges", but it's goof for understanding if they're in the same league, or at least what league they're in (regarless of price).

  2. Whitigir
    Thanks for that excellent impression. I loved my Z1R, if it wasn’t for the bulky housing that I could barely lay in bed with it, I would still have it
  3. pietcux
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  4. pietcux
    I sit more upright in bed until I take off the cans to sleep. For me it works fine.
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  5. jasonyyd
    I have the exactly same problem with HD820 right now. Too bulky for me to rest my head against the bed headboard
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  6. mihaig
    Heard them yesterday for about 20 minutes and compared with an 800. They keep the sound quality, details and openness and add a bit of extra bass + some smoothing of high notes. 820 sounded better to me overall.
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  7. Beagle
    30 minutes? That's it?
  8. QueueCumber
    Fortunately, I get the best sound quality to my ears with the cups more forward (the back edge closer to the back my ears), which allows me to lightly rest my head on my memory foam pillows while slightly propped up in bed.

    If I have them closer to the middle of my ears, the panned sounds start to sound like they’re not a part of the central soundstage anymore.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2018
  9. Mark Up
    The LCD-XC is incredibly heavy and uncomfortable. Its bass extension is similar. Mids have a boxiness and slight ring to them that the HD820 does not have. The highs are slightly more detailed on the HD820 without being harsh. The HD820 is also more spacious. The Mr Speakers AEON Closed has a much smaller soundstage, and less bass and warmth & similar mids and highs. The Ether Flow closed has similar bass, is also a bit less warm. Its mids are similar but the high end is a bit strident, and has a bothersome peak vs. HD820.
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  10. SeanS
    Thanks for the comparison. How did you find the comfort level? Beyerdynamics and Sonys are my favorites for comfort.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
  11. Mark Up
    I agree, those are comfortable brands. The Sony is the most comfortable Sony model and despite its bulk is not heavy. I would say those are close in comfort to the Sennheiser. The Senn seems equally light (more or less) and to me was as comfortable, just a very different fit since it's designed differently. If I could afford both, the HD820 & Z1R, I would, they would balance each other nicely. Sony being a bit more laid back and fun with the sub bass (other than having a bit of a peak in the lower highs) and the HD820 being more accurate, but still fun as well.
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  12. SeanS
    Thanks again! You've provided very useful information.
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  13. mihaig
    A quick update: today I went to the showroom and listened again for about 45 minutes to the HD820, BUT this time with my own player and play list.

    And I can clearly hear some sort of 'strengthening' of higher sounds, not only of low ones. I repeatedly switched to an HD800S for comparison and the highs on HD820 are more sharp, but in an annoying way. Sounds worse to me than and HD800S in this respect.

    Did anyone have the same experience? For me this kind of nullifies the clear improvement HD820 brings in the lows and mids over the HD800S.
  14. 8bitme
    Not sure what player you were using and what music you were listening to but the highs are definitely not sounding harsh here on my 820 if that's what you're saying.
  15. mihaig
    I used a Fiio X5III
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