Short answer is no.Sure, no two headphones sound the same. Tone and timbre can be very individual, but two headphones could be as resolving without sharing the same timbre or tonality.
The tonality of the HD800S is very special, but that's not what I refer to when I ask about something that proofs the law of diminishing returns still works.
I could be happy with something with a different tonality if it was as resolving. But maybe that resolution is only possible with a certain tonality, I don't know.
Is there anything under 1000$ which is as detailed as the HD800S? I'm not talking about soundstage too, just the detail.
Is the Utopia as detailed as the HD800S? The only time I tried it I was stunned, but I seem to recall a very different sound. I don't remember if it was as detailed.
The 800 sounds extremely detailed because of two distinctive attributes: the extra energy in the treble as well as the extremely low distortion of the ring radiator drivers. The 800 is the only dynamic driver headphone I can think of with distortion numbers as low as a great planar magnetic. That’s the whole deal about the 800 (along with the treble quantity) and also why it takes to EQ like a champ.
The Utopia is on the same level detail-wise per my ears...but it’s also much pricier.
Then again if you ask me I find the HD600 to me more detailed in the mids compared to the 800 simply by way of tuning. Sure the 800 is far more technically proficient than the 600, but it’s also comes with laidback uppermids. I find it much easier to pick up midrange detail over the 600 because that part of the frequency response is more forward.
But for overall technical abilities there’s nothing cheaper that even comes remotely close the 800.