A couple months ago I bought HD800S. Any reason to consider upgrading to the drop version? Is the sound really tangibly improved?

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raansire7
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Feb 21, 2021
"It's better to have a bird in your hand than a hundred flying by you." is a popular saying where I live. If you're perfectly happy with the HD 800S, I don't see a reason for you to consider the HD 8XX, since from the description, what is improved is not the quality of the sound, but the presentation itself.
jzfgs
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Sep 1, 2021
Thank you for your very detailed response! I have been very happy with my HD 800 S—haven’t felt too much FOMO from not listening to the 8xx but that’s an easy fix should I get the upgrade itch :)
I’ve happily owned my HD 800 for over 5 years! I didn’t get FOMO after hearing the also-good HD 800S, and I felt like I had scratched the itch to my satisfaction after I heard the earlier HD 8XX prototype. I’m generally a “bird in the hand” kind of guy. It’s always wise to carefully consider your luxury purchases, and a summit-fi headphone like the HD 800S or HD 8xx is definitely a luxury, after safe tires and doctors check-ups and all that good stuff. My HD 800 still sounds great after all these years and hours! Just… forgive me, I’m feeling a little itchy after hearing the retail ready HD 8xx and sending it to the next person 😅
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