The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread
Nov 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM Post #15,226 of 28,590

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  I can't speak for preproman, but for me, I love the Norne Draug2 cable. I don't see any reason to swap it out so when the time comes I'm going to have mine hardwired. 

Does it improve the sound? I suppose it is one less connector, but it shouldn't alter the sound right? 
 
Nov 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM Post #15,227 of 28,590

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  I can't speak for preproman, but for me, I love the Norne Draug2 cable. I don't see any reason to swap it out so when the time comes I'm going to have mine hardwired. 

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Nov 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM Post #15,230 of 28,590

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  Does it improve the sound? I suppose it is one less connector, but it shouldn't alter the sound right? 

There were a few posts in the old HD800 thread about this and some claimed to hear a difference. I have not heard both myself so I'm not sure...
 
Nov 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM Post #15,231 of 28,590

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Oh and another point: Anyone can have a standard generic HD800, but few have a custom colored, hardwired HD800. I just think it looks bad ass 
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Nov 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM Post #15,235 of 28,590

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Just think if you hardwire it saves you from buying other cables.  If a better cable comes out it doesn't diminish the quality of the hard wired cable.
 
Nov 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM Post #15,238 of 28,590

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Had them since July, and there has been no change in quality over time. So they are either already burned in or burnin has little effect.

Oh, and Colorware is an authorized Sennheiser distributor, and the original Sennheiser guarantee still holds. The paint they use is harder and more nick resistant than the original finish, and its appearance is flawless. There is a video on the Colorware site that shows their paint process. While it costs about $300 if you send them an HD800 to color, it is only $100 extra if you buy the HD800 from them colored.
 
Nov 19, 2014 at 10:39 PM Post #15,239 of 28,590

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Finally back in the HD800 world. I originally had the HD800 with PS Audio DLIII + V200 and I thought that was amazing. Had to sell it, blah blah. Got back into the game with a lot of other HP's, ie LCD2.2, HE-500, HE-560, LFF Enigmas, Sig Pro, etc etc. Many different amps and DACs...
 
 Now I'm running a AudioGD 10.33 (dual WM1874) single ended into my new HD800 and they sound better than ever. Norne Draug2 on order which will allow me to run the amp section balanced (1.2W@300ohm vs. 300mW@300ohm!!). Can't wait to see how they sound balanced.
 
 That being said... I'm looking towards the future. Rag/Yggy stack vs. Master9/Master7 stack ???
 
Nov 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM Post #15,240 of 28,590

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I'm now firmly in the HD800 camp.
 
I decided to move the Stax 507/323s on and keep the HD800, driven by a Chord Hugo. 
 
It's was a close contest – the Stax are extremely good, but over time I preferred a few things about the HD800:
 
- After some adjustment, I found them comfier for longer listens. 
- Amazing sense of space
- Staggering detail
- And the deal-maker was that they're portable with the Hugo, unlike the Stax.
- The Stax 'crackle' started to annoy me a little bit when I moved my head too quickly. 
 
So, HD800 wins. They're now the only pair of headphones I have now after owning Stax 507 & 009, Grado GS1000i, RS1i and Audeze LCD-X.
 

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