How do these compare to the Sennheiser HD800?

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Oct 1, 2020
The HD800s is lean and clean, while Elex is warm and full sounding. Elex has much stronger and better bass. HD 800s is better at mid, imaging and sound stage. HD800s is also more detailed. Overall HD800s is better with EQ period, without EQ Elex wins by a tiny margin. Also sound wise Elex would be a speaker replacement, but if you already have a pair of good speaker, HD800s got more character and it's lean and clean sound seems just not found in any speaker, as all good speakers are full sounding. Lastly, for gaming, HD800s is the best for competitive FPS period.
Aug 17, 2020
The 800 are a much more open, detail version of the Massdrop X Focal Elex headphones and Focal Clears. They are worth the price differential but I have kept my Elex headphones and ultimately sold the Sennheiser 880s. They cost a lot, too much as did the Clears. After 70 headphone purchases I am preferring more musical headphones like the Sony mdr-z7 and z7m2. Also love my Fostex Mahogany and E-mu Teaks. They are not as correct and a little colored but so great to listen to, lush. The Denon 9200's are similar and the best I have listened to. Been an audiophile for 35 years and this is where I am.
Mar 4, 2020
I’ve tried them both. These are much more dynamic & faster, but the HD800 takes the win for comfort and soundstage. The sound signature is completely different on these two headphones - the elex is an “upgrade” from the hd650, and the hd650 and Hd800 are built for different purposes (casual listening and monitoring, respectively). So if you are trying to choose between the two I’d say trial the 650 and 800 first, and if you prefer the 650 just go for the elex.
Aug 20, 2020
If you can afford the HD800s then you likely have a system that will power them with ease. There is a reason the most listened to system has the HD800s attached. Others are great for other reasons. Some are so easy to drive that you could use them with just a phone. Some are well priced but you need a good amount of power to use them, such as the HD600/650. The key is to listen to all you can afford and get the one that fits your use. There are also some great earbuds that are great for traval or working around the home. My thinking is to get the best you can afford. I went budget and ended up with cans/earbuds I never use. Read what users think and take any professional writing with a grain of salt. Some are known for their objectivity, others are just fan boys and will lie their ass off. On the good side I have some music loving family who have gear they cannot afford at this time. Sadly I also have a ticked off wife for not running it by her first. She will always say no and it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. I really wish I had gotten the HD800 from the very start. It would have saved me a lot of money. Someday I'll get around to selling some outstanding mid-priced cans that cannot touch my HD800s.
Jun 13, 2021
When you don't know about something you shouldn't talk about it, saying that you need so much power to drive a 800s makes you look really bad to us 800s owners and to anyone who dare to research a little. You lost all credibility and it is obvious you never had a 800s can. Jeezz what I don't understand is your need to look like you are somebody on a forum... pay attention to you before others...