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post #136 of 146
The Senns are out now. I also think its best to audition any headphones before purchase. Good advice there Andre.
post #137 of 146
Dick Olsher agrees with me on the Grados exceeding the Senns: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superio...erence_rs1.htm
post #138 of 146
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Dick Olsher agrees with me on the Grados exceeding the Senns: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/superio...erence_rs1.htm
I'd say good for you, if it wasn't the case that people like this are for the most part actually writing bullshit poetry-prose than reviews. Funny thing, audiophilia. Not entirely immune to kidding myself at times, but I'm much less influenced by intangibles and placebo. But that's just me. Comparative opinions between the 800 and 650 would be nice from owners of both - if possible, free of that Olsher-type nonsense. As I mentioned before the 800's look suspiciously similar to my old Qualias especially in the earcup department, and I had some major earcup problems in terms of never really being able to throw them on and just enjoy the sound - took a lot of shifting the phones around. And the Sony's were 'custom fitted' to boot (well kinda). So that's one particular area of concern I have, especially as I have no fit / comfort problems with the 650.
post #139 of 146
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So that's one particular area of concern I have, especially as I have no fit / comfort problems with the 650.

Hey if you like that sucked out midrange then more power to ya!
post #140 of 146
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My HD650 is on it's way out and was wondering if it was worth springing for a pair of HD800's.

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.

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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!
post #141 of 146
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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.

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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.
post #142 of 146
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Three words: Office Chair Legs. And in fact, my own legs as well.

So, what'cha break? Senn sells OEM cords, even earcups and headbands. And the prices are reasonable. I'd go that route before ditching the 650s.

http://www.sennheiserusa.com/service...rt_part-finder

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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.

That is the only reasonable way to justify "hi end" audio (outside of speakers), with the caveat that much of the extreme boutique stuff performs far worse than mass-market audio gear.
post #143 of 146
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That is the only reasonable way to justify "hi end" audio (outside of speakers), with the caveat that much of the extreme boutique stuff performs far worse than mass-market audio gear.

post #144 of 146
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So, what'cha break? Senn sells OEM cords, even earcups and headbands. And the prices are reasonable. I'd go that route before ditching the 650s.

http://www.sennheiserusa.com/service...rt_part-finder

I'm aware of spare parts availability. In addition to the attendant actual problems, it's looking a little worse for wear. I'm not really into repairing these myself so I'd send it into Sennheiser and in that case, it'll be a notable portion of the cost of the phones.

Even now, sometimes it will refuse to play ball with cutouts - and the problem is beyond the plug - so it is ripe for replacement. When that happens, although I have been known to heave the system from the living room I usually whip out the Triport On-Ears as a substitute since it's the only other portable phone I have that I can physically stand to wear for more than an hour and still hear phone rings, etc. And although high-end Grado owners may recognise more than a hint of their phone in the Bose (well - if I blindfolded them, backed off the bass somewhat and told them it cost $1500 ), it's aurally somewhat excruciating for me even with heavy bass-reduction EQ.
post #145 of 146
not an audiophile disclaimer<- Shopped w/ the SO for some new inner ear headphones that actually fit. ended up getting a pair of Victor-JVC HP-FXC50's on the recommendation of the SA.
post #146 of 146
Cheap and good in-ear mp3 player headphones - Sennheiser CX300-B.

I went through a few pairs of the Sony MDR-EX71s. They kept falling apart on me - one headphone would die, or the plastic around them would fall off. I finally wised up and got a better product.
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