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Regarding the HD-800's perceived brightness, one inmate here has opined...

"Old SteveA" thinks that the ring radiator used to enhance the "soundstage" feel of that particular headphone is the primary culprit. Remove that ring radiator and the brightness disappears (taking with it a certain amount of that illusionary soundstaging?), according to him.

I'm hoping that the new HD-800S represents a better and more comprehensive *fix* than this surgical alternative.

Interesting too is the recent release of Beyerdynamic's new flagship headphone, the T1 V2. The V2 is said to be a warmer, more mellow sounding headphone than the original T1.

So it almost seems like at least two German manufacturers are turning away from the analytical presentation in favor of a warmer and more forgiving one. Will Austrian AKG follow suit and revise their latest "bright sounding" flagship?

Edits: 03/24/16 03/24/16

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