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So many HD800s votes. Did any of those that voted HD800s compare to Arya?
"Audio-Technica ADX5000 with AT-B1XA Balanced Cable" sold at Drop was definitely $ 2000, isn't it a candidate? (powered by Google translation)
I tried the top four before buying the lcd-x which is the sound I was looking four. The 800s where ok but I will never understand what the hype is all about. I found them comfortable but to aggressive highs and the bass was soulless.
Cortol
When we talk about sound, the headphone itself is only one part of the chain, albeit the most important one. The chain in whole produces the sound. HD800(s) needs the correct chain. In my rig, it has nice tight bass, warmish neutral romantic mids and the best treble out of any headphones. Did I mention the staging capability yet? And the resolution. The reliability. The consistency. The price-to-performance. It is really difficult to compare headphones only, especially those headphones that can scale. Two people listen to HD800 can actually listen to very different sound. I can even rock out of my HD800.
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omniweltall
I have the HD800s and certainly the headphones have some strengths such as soundstage and imaging which makes these ideal for classical, jazz acoustic well recorded music. I use them extensively for these genres but not for other. I feel that the HD800s are worth owning in a collection but wouldn’t be my headphones if I had to live with only one pair.
I changed my HD 800S for the HD 820 and the HDV 820, if you want to have real high-end audio is this the best ever!!
Toine-NL
From my understanding the only difference betaeen the HD800S ans the HD820 is the gorilla glass enclosing the headphones to make them closed back.
ZMF Auteur is definitely nice sounding and gorgeous looking. Sounds like a romantic HD800. Hifiman Arya feels way too cheap to be in this list. Very underwhelming. Should be with lower-priced tier.
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omniweltall
The ZMF Auteur in brass or copper looks like the nicest pair of headphones that I have ever seen.

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Mikael_K._Andersson
It does indeed. That's what I call passion and art.
It is that I do not have the money otherwise I would like to try it out but it seems that the Focal Clear has a good overall quality + is a very complete package.
I ordered my ZMF Aeolus December 12th 2017 and their not ready to be shipped out. I'm wondering if waiting would be even longer through MD. The Hifiman Arya would be the real choice when its a He 1000 v2 in a cheaper look.
Lol, dt1990s are not even close to $1000 though
What about Stax L700?
B-Law
If one needs to add an amp for an electrostatic like the L700, the total price could well exceed the upper $2K limit for this little poll. From what I just saw, the SR-L700 runs about $1400 and the smallest amp from Stax, the SRM-D10, lists for $900. If someone had an amp for powering the Stax, then the L700 could be in this category. But if someone would need a specific amp to run a Stax, then the L700 essentially climbs out of the "$1000-2000" category by virtue of the power source requirement.