Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | ... | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | ... | 91
1296 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  #1652087 17-Oct-2016 07:50
Send private message quote this post

networkn:

 

Well, I ended up getting an hour with them before I had my game, and I have to say.. Sadly I am really disappointed. They sound awful. Recessed, lifeless, next to no bass. I haven't enjoyed a single one of my reference tracks on it. Given the rave reviews, I am wondering if mine is faulty.

 

 

 

 

 

Well that's disappointing - sorry it hasn't yet worked out as you had hoped!

 

Had you ever listened to a pair (or the non S) before buying and new you like them or was this a blind buy?

 

Probably worth sticking with - I am not a huge believer of "break in" but I know it can take a while to set aside expecations and to get used to the sound signature of a new Audio purchase before things really settle.

 

I remember being underwhelmed/disappointed with both my Grado 325is and my recent Sonorous VI's straight out of the box, but over a week or so of listening I did a complete U-Turn.





.

21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1652118 17-Oct-2016 09:34
Send private message quote this post

Item:

 

networkn:

 

Well, I ended up getting an hour with them before I had my game, and I have to say.. Sadly I am really disappointed. They sound awful. Recessed, lifeless, next to no bass. I haven't enjoyed a single one of my reference tracks on it. Given the rave reviews, I am wondering if mine is faulty.

 

 

 

 

 

Well that's disappointing - sorry it hasn't yet worked out as you had hoped!

 

Had you ever listened to a pair (or the non S) before buying and new you like them or was this a blind buy?

 

Probably worth sticking with - I am not a huge believer of "break in" but I know it can take a while to set aside expecations and to get used to the sound signature of a new Audio purchase before things really settle.

 

I remember being underwhelmed/disappointed with both my Grado 325is and my recent Sonorous VI's straight out of the box, but over a week or so of listening I did a complete U-Turn.

 

 

 

 

Sorry I didn't get a chance to get back earlier. The headphones have either been playing music whilst I have not had them on or I have had them on for various things. 

 

I didn't used to believe in burn in as such (esp not cables), but it's hard to refute the evidence. I was contemplating selling them on Friday night and Saturday 2pm I was back on them wondering how they could be the same headphones. Something definately wasn't right when I first powered them on because 85% of my issues are pretty much resolved. It sounded like I was listening to my music down a tunnel on Friday, with the vocals in my face, but now it seems a lot better. It's not placebo as my wife also was astounded between the difference. 

 

I'd heard they were interesting for gaming as well, and Mafia III sounds excellent. 

 

Much happier, later in the week I'll report back. 

 

Also, I tried my T1's again to double check it wasn't just me "getting used to the HD800S sound" and I am happy they sound much more alike (Though the soundstage is almost unbelievably bigger and instrument separation is amazing.

 

These were a blind purchase. There aren't many places I can listen to a pair in the way and for the length required to decide anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


37 posts

Geek


  #1652217 17-Oct-2016 11:48
Send private message quote this post

Yeah baby! I had a similar instance with my Geek Out V2 DAC/Amp. I was decidedly underwhelmed for the first day then I kept it running with music and videos etc for 4 days. It was a massive difference. I can't really understand it but it was unbelievable. I'm really happy the 800s are starting to come around. I'm also glad you got the last pair since if they were in stock I would have pulled the trigger and faced the wrath ;)


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1652226 17-Oct-2016 12:01
Send private message quote this post

hamstring:

 

Yeah baby! I had a similar instance with my Geek Out V2 DAC/Amp. I was decidedly underwhelmed for the first day then I kept it running with music and videos etc for 4 days. It was a massive difference. I can't really understand it but it was unbelievable. I'm really happy the 800s are starting to come around. I'm also glad you got the last pair since if they were in stock I would have pulled the trigger and faced the wrath ;)

 

 

I suspect it was an issue that the Membranes of the speakers had not yet "stretched" or weren't getting full movement.

 

 

 

Well, I currently have about 10 pairs of headphones in my house. My wife, normally fairly understanding, was not happy. 

 

It was my intention to consolidate before xmas so I am going to be selling the following gear in the next few weeks. 

 

 

 

1) Bose QC25 Black Limited Edition (Got a cheap upgrade to QC35) They have about 30 hours on them.

 

2) Sony Bluetooth Headphones (These have about 15 hours on them, got them in 2014) MDR-10RBT

 

3) Blackbox M10 Noise Cancelling Headphones (well used, in great condition, surprisingly not too much worse than the QC25's for NC.

 

4) Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headphones (Will use my HD800S for gaming and my QC35's for Skype and portable music listening).

 

5) Logitech Wireless G910 Headphones (In some ways just as good as the Siberia)

 

Not sure if I will sell my T1's (Generation 1) or HD650's as I don't think I'll get much for them.

 

 


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654695 19-Oct-2016 20:34
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

So I am just LOVING these HD800S now. For the first time since I got into this hobby I don't feel like there is anywhere else to go and this is my (very happy) end game. Obviously, stuff is always changing, and I'd like to try balanced at some stage which may be a new amp (Liquid Carbon would be my dream amp).

 

Cliche as it is, I am loving discovering all my old music (yet again). 

 

I haven't even tried it with my ifi Micro.


1296 posts

Uber Geek

Subscriber

  #1654700 19-Oct-2016 20:36
Send private message quote this post

networkn:

 

So I am just LOVING these HD800S now. For the first time since I got into this hobby I don't feel like there is anywhere else to go and this is my (very happy) end game. Obviously, stuff is always changing, and I'd like to try balanced at some stage which may be a new amp (Liquid Carbon would be my dream amp).

 

Cliche as it is, I am loving discovering all my old music (yet again). 

 

I haven't even tried it with my ifi Micro.

 

 

 

 

So pleased they came good for you!

 

(bet you are a little relieved too...)





.

Mad Scientist
21434 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654701 19-Oct-2016 20:37
Send private message quote this post

Is this how they brain wash people?





Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


 
 
 
 


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654702 19-Oct-2016 20:38
Send private message quote this post

Item:

 

networkn:

 

So I am just LOVING these HD800S now. For the first time since I got into this hobby I don't feel like there is anywhere else to go and this is my (very happy) end game. Obviously, stuff is always changing, and I'd like to try balanced at some stage which may be a new amp (Liquid Carbon would be my dream amp).

 

Cliche as it is, I am loving discovering all my old music (yet again). 

 

I haven't even tried it with my ifi Micro.

 

 

 

 

So pleased they came good for you!

 

(bet you are a little relieved too...)

 

 

 

 

Only relieved from the perspective of being disappointed. Given what I paid, I knew I could easily recover my costs if I sold them.

 

I had a total revelation with them the other night. If you have these phones, find a HD copy of Next Plane out (Celine Dion), even if you aren't a CD fan, and listen to the rain, I'll be surprised if you don't feel like it's raining on your shoulders.  I can't recommend it enough. 

 

I'd be keen to hear if anyone has any particularly amazing tracks that really show them off. 

 

 

 

I'm surprised they aren't harder on poor source. There have been a few 128K tracks I have that haven't sounded quite so flash as on my HD650's which are legendarily forgiving, but on the whole, I am pretty impressed with how versatile they are.

 

 

 

 


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654708 19-Oct-2016 20:40
Send private message quote this post

joker97:

 

Is this how they brain wash people?

 

 

Not sure what you mean? 


Mad Scientist
21434 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654711 19-Oct-2016 20:41
Send private message quote this post

networkn:

 

joker97:

 

Is this how they brain wash people?

 

 

Not sure what you mean? 

 

 

Keep playing sounds until victim likes/obeys/agrees ... :) Ok maybe not ... but maybe ... If I recall every headphones I had took a few goes before I liked them ... hmm ... audiophiles call it burn in ... brain wash!





Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654713 19-Oct-2016 20:44
Send private message quote this post

joker97:

 

networkn:

 

joker97:

 

Is this how they brain wash people?

 

 

Not sure what you mean? 

 

 

Keep playing sounds until victim likes/obeys/agrees ... :) Ok maybe not ... but maybe ... If I recall every headphones I had took a few goes before I liked them ... hmm ... audiophiles call it burn in ... brain wash!

 

 

Well in this instance I listened to them twice, once for 40 minutes, which is when I wrote about how disappointed I was with them, and the next time where I got about an hour on them and the only thing that happened in the middle was the music that was playing for 18 hours in the middle. I'd be surprised if you could get a placebo effect

 

on such a strong negative reaction in the the space of 18 hours with 2 x 1 hour listening samples. It's possible I guess, but either way, I am at least happy that I bought them now. 

 

 


2923 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

  #1654720 19-Oct-2016 20:53
Send private message quote this post

networkn:

 

hamstring:

 

Yeah baby! I had a similar instance with my Geek Out V2 DAC/Amp. I was decidedly underwhelmed for the first day then I kept it running with music and videos etc for 4 days. It was a massive difference. I can't really understand it but it was unbelievable. I'm really happy the 800s are starting to come around. I'm also glad you got the last pair since if they were in stock I would have pulled the trigger and faced the wrath ;)

 

 

I suspect it was an issue that the Membranes of the speakers had not yet "stretched" or weren't getting full movement.

 

 

 

Well, I currently have about 10 pairs of headphones in my house. My wife, normally fairly understanding, was not happy. 

 

It was my intention to consolidate before xmas so I am going to be selling the following gear in the next few weeks. 

 

 

 

1) Bose QC25 Black Limited Edition (Got a cheap upgrade to QC35) They have about 30 hours on them.

 

2) Sony Bluetooth Headphones (These have about 15 hours on them, got them in 2014) MDR-10RBT

 

3) Blackbox M10 Noise Cancelling Headphones (well used, in great condition, surprisingly not too much worse than the QC25's for NC.

 

4) Siberia 800 Wireless Gaming Headphones (Will use my HD800S for gaming and my QC35's for Skype and portable music listening).

 

5) Logitech Wireless G910 Headphones (In some ways just as good as the Siberia)

 

Not sure if I will sell my T1's (Generation 1) or HD650's as I don't think I'll get much for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've sent you a PM :)


287 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  #1654724 19-Oct-2016 21:00
Send private message quote this post

I had the same issue getting used to the HD800S. Actually, i felt the same moving from the NAD's to the Shure 1840's to HD800S. My theory is that our ears gets tuned for a particular sound and anything new take some getting used to. The rain in 'next plane out' is definatly something :)


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654729 19-Oct-2016 21:13
Send private message quote this post

t0ny:

 

I had the same issue getting used to the HD800S. Actually, i felt the same moving from the NAD's to the Shure 1840's to HD800S. My theory is that our ears gets tuned for a particular sound and anything new take some getting used to. The rain in 'next plane out' is definatly something :)

 

 

 

 

I know it sounds bizzarre, but I literally had to keep shrugging my shoulders etc because it felt so real. My son (7) did the same thing. Freaky deaky. 

 

I am not sure mine was getting used to the signature sound, since I have been back to my T1's for reference and didn't notice the same shock back and forwards. 

 

 


21929 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  #1654827 19-Oct-2016 23:28
Send private message quote this post

I am powering my HD800S with a Crack Amp and Speedball upgrade, what about you guys?

 

 


1 | ... | 57 | 58 | 59 | 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 | 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | ... | 91
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Withings launches three new devices to help monitor heart health from home
Posted 13-Feb-2020 20:05


Auckland start-up Yourcar matches new car buyers with dealerships
Posted 13-Feb-2020 18:05


School gardens go high tech to teach kids the importance of technology
Posted 13-Feb-2020 11:10


Malwarebytes finds Mac threats outpace Windows for the first time
Posted 13-Feb-2020 08:01


Amazon launches Echo Show 8 in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 8-Feb-2020 20:36


Vodafone New Zealand starts two year partnership with LetsPlay.Live
Posted 28-Jan-2020 11:24


Ring launches indoor-only security camera
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:26


New report findings will help schools implement the digital technologies curriculum content
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:25


N4L to upgrade & support wireless internet inside schools
Posted 23-Jan-2020 17:22


Netflix releases 21 Studio Ghibli works
Posted 22-Jan-2020 11:42


Vodafone integrates eSIM into device and wearable roadmap
Posted 17-Jan-2020 09:45


Do you need this camera app? Group investigates privacy implications
Posted 16-Jan-2020 03:30


JBL launches headphones range designed for gaming
Posted 13-Jan-2020 09:59


Withings introduces ScanWatch wearable combining ECG and sleep apnea detection
Posted 9-Jan-2020 18:34


NZ Police releases public app
Posted 8-Jan-2020 11:43



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.