Curious to see what the HD820 brings to the table since there's no info out there at the moment. Headphones have been a pain in my wallet, so it's with both anticipation and trepidation that I wait to hear some impressions on these things. I imagine they will sound great, given Sennheiser's track record. I have to say, I'm a bit surprised by the consumer demand for $1k+ headphones... I've always thought of this market as niche, but, clearly, the community is a bit larger these days. I've settled on a headphone collection that works really well for me, but ocassionally, I do experience upgrade-itis.
Just out of curiosity, what are you listening through these days?
Demand for high end headphones is exploding because metro areas have high incomes but housing costs are too high, so people are space limited. Plenty of metro people make 6 figure salaries and can't afford a house where they work, and so can't afford to fit a surround sound system at home. So the audiophile market is moving away from speakers and toward headphones.
I'm currently using the Utopia. They are probably the best sounding dynamic headphones I've heard but they have poor ergonomics (too heavy, uncomfortably small ear pads). I'm looking forward to the MrSpeakers Ether Electrostatic and the HD820, mainly looking for a sub 400g headphone with top of the line sound.
meh, HIFIMAN HE400S will probably be my next headphones.
Better off waiting for sales on HE400i, they get to $250 during holidays, same as msrp of HE400S.
Very interesting that a new flagship headphone is closed and not open. Design wise looks good, although perhaps a bit cheap'ish looking for $2400. I bet random guy on the street wouldn't think that headphone would be anywhere close to that much worth and think what are you smoking if you say it's a $2400 phone.
I've found that tends to happen a lot with tech in general, but you have to watch out for holding off too long, because top-of-the-line anything has an annoying tendency to go way up in price after discontinuation. Nostalgia tends to do that to things; just ask anyone trying to buy an Amiga, X68000, or a 3dfx card on eBay nowadays.I was at least glad the HD800 could be found sub $1000 as compared to its original launch price. Perhaps someday their designs will trickle down. Maybe $300 level? Who knows.