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Sennheiser HD820

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by Dulalala, Apr 29, 2017.
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  1. AppleheadMay
    There's also the possibility of people hearing what they saw in a curve. :wink:

    On the one hand I was also thinking I don't really need an open back anymore as the HD820 sounds as open as some open cans do but on the other hand the HD800(S), being the open version of these, is a whole other level of open compared to most phones so I'm keeping those.
    The rest of my cans, mainly a bunch of pre- and post- HD600 iterations all give such a different sound compared to one another and aren't that expensive so I don't want to sell those as well. Second hand they'd go for not much more than 200 and they're worth much more to me so it'd be silly to sell them. Pretty happy with my Senn collection I must say. :)

    I tried the Stellias and while they have many good traits (I like Focals even though they sound very different to Senns) they didn't sound open at all compared to the HD820s and Utopias.
    They gave the feeling of having "more bass" than the HD820 but didn't reach as deep and weren't as clean. A bit muddier than the HD820's bass though reviewed on their own one could hardly call the Stellias bass muddy. The mids were a tad warmer which I like. Comfort wise, however much I like the comfort of all Senn headphones the Stellia's, like all Focals feel like they were molded around my head.
    I decided not to buy them as the main thing I'm looking for in a closed pair of phones is a wide space/soundstage because they will be used mainly late a t night with a Realiser. I think it's impossible to do better than a HD820 for that application.

    By the way, anyone here tried the HD820 or HD800S with an ifi PRO iCan or iDSD? Any comparisons with the Senn amps?
  2. Law87

    I really dont know what people are saying...the bass is really vibrating my back throat, its not an exaggeration. no EQ, just listen through Chord hugo on tidal.
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  3. Law87

    is this the one you talking about?

  4. AppleheadMay
    Same here, no EQ, a Roon Nucleus connected to a Marantz NA-11S1 DAC via USB feeding a Sennheiser HDVA 600 balanced.
    Own music library or Tidal and Quobuz via Roon.
  5. AppleheadMay
  6. robo24
    Finally got a chance to fly with these (and a Mojo). While it was nice overall, to get them loud enough to block some of the airplane, noise leaked enough sound for my husband next to me to ask me to turn them down. YMMV but I'm sticking with my PXC 550s for flights. The 820s were great though for use in the lounge and such without bothering others.
  7. up late
    regardless of what its fr looks like, the hd820 didn't sound "broken" to me. it seemed to be a good approximation of the hd800s in closed-back form based on my memory of it.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2019
  8. Law87

    I would agree, these do not block or isolate noise like my Mr. Speaker Ether C. Its a shame really, only if they made the pad a little smaller to fit and conform to most people face.

    I said that but I just double check but it fit perfect, I dont think stronger clamping force would help, maybe Sennheiser did thought of everything.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2019
  9. AppleheadMay
    I've been thinking of getting a pair of Bluetooth phones for a while and always seem to come to the choice between the PXC 550, Momentum and Audeze Mobius.
    Although the Mobius has the advantage of adding some virtual surround it doesn't seem to do it for most of the devices I would want it for: IOS, Xbox, Mac.
    Have you heard the Momentum and Mobius as well as the PXC 550?
  10. robo24
    Getting OT but I also have the Mobius. Can indeed do 7.1 surround via Mobius and Apple CCK and can also do virtual surround via Bluetooth. I guess for flying I prefer the PXC 550. It's far lighter, more comfortable (far more than the Sony or Bose NC cans for me), and has good enough NC on a plane. I use the Mobius mostly at home via Bluetooth to watch TV when my partner sleeps. They're still pretty darn impressive to me in terms of surround sound from a stereo bluetooth signal.
  11. AppleheadMay
    I keep having a hard time choosing between the three resulting in postponing the purchase.
  12. robo24
    The obvious solution is to buy them all!:wink:
  13. AppleheadMay
  14. Law87

    well I dont know the difference but the HD820 with micro dsd sound like total dog poo
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  15. AppleheadMay
    LoL! That's clear for me, thanks!
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