The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread
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I've learnt alot about audio hifi... always trust your own ears like you trust your own eyes..

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to great sound, just the same as everyone having preferences to what is easy on the eyes..
 
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Can you bend the metal on these like the HD650/600 if the clamp is too tight? (I know that's a rare complaint with the HD800, but just in case).
 
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  Can you bend the metal on these like the HD650/600 if the clamp is too tight? (I know that's a rare complaint with the HD800, but just in case).
 
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I would be scared to death to even try it.... and I have a huge head and have no issues (almost on max size, minus one click on each side). Not tight at all.
 
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  I also just love the bass coming from the HD800
 
So is the base different, from lets say earlier serial numbers? What other changes on the SQ?
 
I got a pair that are late 12k, just wondering how much difference on the sound will be compared to the new models?
 
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  I would be scared to death to even try it.... and I have a huge head and have no issues (almost on max size, minus one click on each side). Not tight at all.

My head's not that big but the 650 was brutal until I bent it, I haven't read a single thing online about people bending or using books with the HD800 so I was just curious, but I doubt it will be an issue, thanks for the response.
 
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If it helps the HD600 and HD650 was brutal for me that I had to sell it. I have no such issues with the HD800. The majority if not all who have used the HD800 have found it comfortable so that shouldn't be much of an issue.
 
That said the headband is all plastic I believe (I could be wrong) so I wouldn't try bending it anytime soon.
 
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how long do i need to burn in my HD800. Been using it for a week but sound very bad compare with the one i try at the outlet.
 
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  how long do i need to burn in my HD800. Been using it for a week but sound very bad compare with the one i try at the outlet.
Is the chain (Dac, amp, source...) at home and at the store the same?
 
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So is the base different, from lets say earlier serial numbers? What other changes on the SQ?



I got a pair that are late 12k, just wondering how much difference on the sound will be compared to the new models?



Thank you.
 
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  Is the chain (Dac, amp, source...) at home and at the store the same?
Exactly the same setup. I bring my own tablet and ifi to the shop.
 
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I'm sitting A/Bing my HD800's and HE-560's with Silver dragon cable, It has just occurred to me why the HD800's are sounding better to me - I can listen to them at much lower volume, but hear more. The HE-560's sound somewhat congested in comparison, and I'm already thinking about letting them go...
 
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  I'm sitting A/Bing my HD800's and HE-560's with Silver dragon cable, It has just occurred to me why the HD800's are sounding better to me - I can listen to them at much lower volume, but hear more. The HE-560's sound somewhat congested in comparison, and I'm already thinking about letting them go...
Interesting...I've found that with with every planar I've tried, you have to turn them up to really make the sound compelling.
 
....which in my case, if you're at work, isn't always an option.
 
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  Interesting...I've found that with with every planar I've tried, you have to turn them up to really make the sound compelling.

I've noticed they are harder to drive than most. I loved them when I first got them, but the HD800's are leaving them in the dust. I am finding I prefer a more treble focused signature though, and they may explain some of my preference.The HD800's are lighter too though. I didn't realize how much heavier the HE-560's were until I A/B'd them.
 
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  I'm sitting A/Bing my HD800's and HE-560's with Silver dragon cable, It has just occurred to me why the HD800's are sounding better to me - I can listen to them at much lower volume, but hear more. The HE-560's sound somewhat congested in comparison, and I'm already thinking about letting them go...

I was thinking the same thing except I find the HE-560 to be better at low volume and HD800 is better at higher volumes.

When listening at low volume with the HD800 and HE-560, what EQ settings do you use?  Do you use different EQ different between each?
 
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