I have been listening to the Senn 800 with some musician friends, and this headphone is just plain boring. A similarly priced Grado in the same systems is so much more alive and real sounding. Likewise, a 5 year old Beyer in the middle of the product line smokes this thing.
The HD 800 reminds me of gear by Bryston or Mark Levinson. It is made for a middle aged, upper middle class guy who is afraid to leave his house to listen to live music, and has not heard live music since college. This audiophile actually forgot how to tap his foor. The boring detail coming across is considered "accurate" and "neutral".
So why are reviewers afraid to call is so? I have a theory or two:
- That middle aged guy is actually a typical audiophile, and most audiophiles like this type of sound. They don't want to offend.
- Like the financial guys, the reviewers are afraid to step away from the herd and call things like it is. It sure takes a lot of courage to be the only guy who says something stinks when everyone is pretending it is smelling like roses.
Who else here finds these headphones dull?