Originally Posted by Sprezzatura2010
Senn sells all the parts you need to refurb a pair of HD650's. But my question is, why are they already on their way out? Even with abuse that included a copious amount of inter-continental travel my HD580s lasted a year before needing serious work.
Three words: Office Chair Legs. And in fact, my own legs as well.
I use the Senn in my workroom, and so far the phone-hungry chairs have claimed a limited number of ATH-W5000 / K701 / HD650's.
Something like an HD25-1 would definitely be a better option to survive multiple chair maulings, but I can't stand the more durable, closed, DJ-style phones for any longer than an hour or so.
Obviously with the HD800 given the single-unit replacement cost I'd be looking to install some sort of headphone cable conduit or something. But I wouldn't entirely rule out another chairing.
A great example of what happens when someone who must be functionally deaf - $5k worth of mods to a digital source, blathering on about wires - feels the need to work hard to prove how golden his ears really are!
So true. It is amazing how many audiophiles who write prose like the above articles *are* deaf. But the biggest problem I have with these guys is that there's absolutely no consistency. It really is down to how they're feeling that day, how pretty / appealing the gear is, and how much it is / or has cost to mod.
I look at flagship audio as functional furniture which I can enjoy - and I do enjoy it... the new toy phase, the 7-month-itch, etc - but I'm under no illusions as to how little a genuine improvement most of the stuff I have is over things which are in the very low thousands, if not the hundreds.