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HD800 vs. HD800S vs. others on the same price range ? Studio Headphones
Old 15th July 2017
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HD800 vs. HD800S vs. others on the same price range ?

I'm about to pull the trigger on a pair of HD800S

What's your thoughts on HD800 vs. HD800S vs. other headphones on the same price range for mastering ?

I currently have a Grado PS1000, AKG712 and Charter Oak HP

Thanks !
Old 15th July 2017
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Tried 800, did not liked them more than my 580.
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I have an hd598, How big of a jump is one of those?
I own q40, srh440 & hd598 btw
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Love my HD800. This article may be an interesting read for you.

https://www.innerfidelity.com/conten...h-diy-response
Good read ! I've googled it but most of the articles and opinions are coming from audiophiles not from pros..

I love working with headphones and looking for the best option
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Good read ! I've googled it but most of the articles and opinions are coming from audiophiles not from pros..

I love working with headphones and looking for the best option
I've never had an issue with the 5-6k area in the HD800. I know they are pretty sensitive to what amp you use with them. I also burned them in with 48 hours of pink noise which is what the designer suggests.
Old 15th July 2017
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I really like HD800's. I have the 600's too. I've found I prefer mixing with the HD800's instead of monitors. I will check on monitors though.
Old 16th July 2017
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I have an hd598, How big of a jump is one of those?
I own q40, srh440 & hd598 btw
From a little back: Sennheiser HD 598 SE - Album on Imgur

I'll add some more since 1.5 years more of experience.

Bass rolls off before on the 598. The 598 is also warm sounding. HD 800 responds quite well to EQ changes like Sonarworks. It's my go to choice in headphones for critical tasks and testing gear.

You'll need a decent amp and DAC for the 800. It's very revealing of bottleneck components. Also, the soundstage on HD 800 is bigger.
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I've also heard akg and grado were not to be slept on.
I've even heard that they "fixed" the beats by dre headphones a few years ago.

I was expecting sennheisers to have no bass cuz alot of dudes said so.
I put on the 598 and was like "this has almost the same amount of bass as the maudio q40"
Old 22nd July 2017
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Before you spend all that cash on the HD800's give the Fostex TR90 250 Ohms a try, I like them better than HD650. Although I don't recommend mastering on the headphones.
Old 22nd July 2017
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I have regular HD800 for some time now, never had a issue with a "6khz spike" .

Overall they are a bit bass light, but thats more a matter of taste .

Using them with Centrance HiFi M8 with normal cable - with a onboard bass boost they sound optimal for me.

Did many cross checks in studio with monitors and they translate very well .

Tested many other headphones , some sounded more musical, but was unable to hear processing changes (compression, eq) on them as precisely as on HD 800.

Especially planar headphones - for example Audeze LCD 3 and LCD X - while sounding more "full" on lows an a bit more musical overall, I had problems making EQ and compression decisions on them.

Tried them directly in a hi -fi shop , and went forHD 800 at the end.
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