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The (new) HD800 Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by valentinhogea, Feb 10, 2013.
  1. whirlwind

    Ear pads are bought. They do not carry the headband any longer and I am having a hard time coming up with a genuine one.
  2. FLTWS
    Well, with the HD800S and non S still in full production you could probably order direct from Sennheiser.
    They have some US location stores, I believe.
    Amberlamps likes this.
  3. whirlwind
    The pads have arrived and are installed....a tad tricky in getting them on.
    Waiting on the headband padding now, may be awhile it is coming from the UK

    These old HD800 are looking brand new again.

    bearFNF and omniweltall like this.
  4. BunnyNamedCraig
    lookin real cleaned up! :wink: My pads were so burned out before I replaced them recently. You actually had to use an electron microscope to see them.

    In regards to putting new HD800 pads on, don't forget to TWIST. I think thats the part that gets people hung up.

    Glad you're set @whirlwind!
    whirlwind likes this.
  5. P+D-MI
  6. IkSak
    Hi all,

    I'm trying to decide between the HD800S and the HD800. Currently, a Sennheiser representative here in Colombia is in a stock liquidation and is offering the headphones at aprox. US$1000 and US$900, both new.

    I listen mostly to classical and latin music and I'm considering purchasing one, but I'm unsure which one to choose.

    From what I've read in the forums, the HD800S is less amp picky and has more bass (although at the expense of a bit of distorsion). On the other hand, the HD800 has less distorsion and the 6 khz peak (not sure how much this matters for clasical). I have two questions for you:

    1) Which one may suit my needs better? For amps, I have a Lyr2, a Vali 2 and a Magni 3 which I use with a Bifrost.
    2) Among my headphones I have an HD700 (modded) and an Massdrop AKG K7XX, which I use for classical. Are the HD800/S a good upgrade over these?

    BTW, the seller has three of each to sale, so if anyone's interested, just let me know :)
  7. BunnyNamedCraig
    I think both would be a great step up from the cans mentioned. If classical is your main listening music then I would go for the HD800. I find them to be more revealing in comparison to the HD800s.

    1- I think they will be good choices to take some edge off the HD800.
    2- Totally, like above mentioned!
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  8. IkSak
    What about the amp pairings? Is the lyr2 and Vali2 good enough for the hd800? I've read a lot of the amp pairing and they seem to be very picky
  9. IkSak
    What about the amp pairings? Is the lyr2 and Vali2 good enough for the hd800? I've read a lot of the amp pairing and they seem to be very picky
  10. BunnyNamedCraig
    "Good enough" is a very difficult question for me to answer... Due to being a member of the trade on here I can't give my honest opinion on anything we don't sell. Feel free to PM if you want and I can give tons of suggestions all over the place for whatever sound your looking for in regards to the HD800/HD800s. This would be wether we sell it, don't sell it, or its discontinued id be able to talk freely.

    Offer is always welcome to everyone else on here. I love talking this stuff :L3000:ha
    yates7592 likes this.
  11. DavidA
    The Lyr2 is decent with the HD800 but I felt that the Lyr2 paired better with the HD800S while the HD800 is better paired with a OTL amp like BH Crack or Elise but you will still have to experiment with tubes for these amps to find a combination that you like. Like @MTMECraig noted with the HD800 most like to use an amp that will take a touch of the edge in the treble.
  12. Nudel
    Hi guys. Anyone knows when the new pads from hd820 gonna hit the market? I hope they gonna fit the older hd800. They've seems a bit thicker and more comfy? :dt880smile:
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2018
  13. Skullophile
    AC4AA72E-5200-472C-8A40-1CB9E5EB572A.jpeg It’s a Dell Venue 11 pro 7140 running Windows 10, using Foobar2000, geek out V2, balanced 3.5mm to adapter to HD800.
    Only drawback is no Dsd but this semi portable setup has many bonuses.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2018
  14. FiGuY1017
    Anyone know why they quit having the headbands widely available? Seems strange to stop selling them?
  15. whirlwind
    Do you need the whole headband, or just the headband padding ?

    i just recently replaced the ear pads and the head band padding....the head band padding was tougher to find.
    I finally came across an e-bay seller that had the original.

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