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Taron & Andrew Lissimore
Even though the Sennheiser HD800 is a standard dynamic driver design, we included it in these comparisons. The HD800 may not have the bass impact of the HE6 or the LCD2, but in our estimation the HD800 remains king for accurate tonal reproduction and transient precision. It is also unrivaled for a naturally pure acoustic tone. The HD800 does not sound overly analytical to us, just "real," as if you are in the recording studio during play-back. All headphones were compared employing our high-power reference HeadRoom Balanced Max headphone amp in single-ended mode. Sources were Lossless files via Apple iPod and uncompressed CDs via our Wadia 861 Special Edition component CD player with our own Joe W. hot-rodded HeadRoom transport installed inside.