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I totally agree with this
i don't. i associate this honky quality with some a-t closed-back models, which also happen to have tight, textured bass. they don't fit the description of sounding like "a bloated and farty and muffled mess" to my ears either. anyway, back to the hd820.
If "honkyness" means "non sequitur", you nailed it.
I spent 2 weeks with the hd820 and now my impression has changed a bit the first thing I want to say is that the headphones really grew on me. Although I prefer the HD800S. I was able to get more use out of the hd820 with my sony wm1a..Now it definitely is the most open closed back I have heard. Jungle boogie is a good song to test the sound stage on these. I really truly do feel like these headphones are great now for what they are trying to be. The vocals did sound congested at times to me but man I can't really say I hate these anymore. The price as of now is the only thing that stops me and when these come down to the same asking price of a hd800S then I will definitely grab these. For me at my office and even just hanging out outside these headphones really did work their magic keeping the sound I love from my hd800S as close as it could.
Now congestion is something I do hear in lower voice frequencies occasionally, like the musician is too close to the mic on the leading edge of the sound. Not enough to bother me though (and not what I would call “honky”). I find it’s greatly decreased for me by wearing the headphones looser with the top of the headphones slanted forward more.
It’s been lovely having the 820s on my trip to the Pearl Jam shows in Seattle. They make for great hotel listening while my son is banging away on his computer.
It was my first chance to take the Hugo2 on the road as well. Very happy with the pair for road trips. Maybe I should test them on Mt. St. Helen or Mt Ranier this coming week?
Thank you, Pietcux, for this. This was exactly the info I was looking for. Like you, I then see no need to further change my headphone "endgame" setup which are the HD800S and the Z1R. I love both .... but if I had not this setup, I'd probably get the HD820 to narrow it down to one pair.
Being a Sennheiser Fanboy. I wanted so much to like this. But no, it wasn't to be.
Oh? What was it that didn't work out for you? And perhaps a point of reference, i.e. you're benchmarking HD820 against previous Sennheiser's flagship, like HD800S / HD800?
I could easily like it and decide against it. I I was in need of a closed HD800S variant I would use it right now. But I was not.
A nice new companion and not only for HD820… from Sony.
I actually just turn them around in bed, so that the cable connectors do not bother in the back anymore. They are now in front, Works wonders.
Here's my review of the HD820's...they kick ass! Now excuse me while I flip the record.
I enjoy reading all your comments on this marvelous headphone, thank you.
How is the sub bass. Any one have phantoms? Empire ears. To compare.
How about the ultimate hdv820??
Im using the Sennheiser HDV 820 amp, which was designed for the 820 and 800S headphones and its a sublime pairing on both pairs of cans. I’m using it with the p4 balanced connector which is how Sennheiser recommends for best results. It’s a pricey solution but oh so sweet sounding.