Posted by JefferyK from San Francisco on 2012-02-02
Sennheiser HD 800
Terrific sound, comfortable
I drive these with a balanced HeadRoom amp -- built-in DAC, stepped attenuator, Astrodyne power supply -- and I absolutely love how they sound. I primarily listen to stereo opera recordings from the 1950s and 1960s, and many of them sound live. To me, the biggest differences between balanced and unbalanced are (1) no hole in the middle; (2) tighter, deeper bass; and (3) less fatigue.
People have complained that wearing these is uncomfortable. I had some trouble with the headband hurting the top of my head until I realized that I wasn't wearing the headphones properly -- you need to turn them forward to move headband further toward the front of your head. Not only did the pain go away, but the sound became more focused.
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