I'm just beginning an HD800 relationship, and honestly I'm struggling to understand them.
It’s an abusive relationship. She’ll never make you happy for more than a few hours, and only ever hurt you in the long run. Best to put them behind you for good and move on.
You could try following @zerodeefex ’s thinking and use a subwoofer, won’t help with the withdrawn mids though. Not quite sure where that fits into the above analogy...
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Felt the same way even after modding them and giving them a few weeks. I kept putting them on and taking them off but I did keep them on for a sprint of several hours after I was a full whiskey glass in.
They're great for short sessions with orchestras, but beyond that I haven't found anything worth repeating.
I mean that HD800 has always been fatiguing to some degree, hence all the breakups, but with the SJ there is only music.
Do you have the two main mods (unobtanium rugliner and SDR)? The rugliner closes them in ever so slightly and brings up the mids, while the SDR helps manage the peak. They will always be on the thin and analytical side, but this second time around for me has been really good. My DAC and amp also play a large role.
HD800s are weird. Even when unmodded with the huge audible peak and general brightness, they somehow manage to sound more natural than the Clear and Utopia to me in the long run.
The devil suggests EQ
For me the HD800 still represents the best timbre of any headphone I've heard. When I owned the Utopia, there was two things that stood out. Perceived detail was greater because it shoves it in your face, and the beryllium driver (for me imo) fucked timbre hard. While tonally HD800 is extremely picky, with the right dac+amp it's amazing.
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