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    Default WOW'ed after burn-in - Ultrafocus 8000

    Thanks to Polk Friends and Families, I bought this as my first pair of HP. I can't make comparisons to other HP's. However, I want to comment that it really made a HUGE difference in the last few days of burnning in. It's been a WOW experience to me.

    I was actually quite disappointed when I listened to it right out of the box. I'd always thought that it'd be either a Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, or AKG of that nature if I ever wanted a HP. So I wasn't sure if I had made a good purchase. I know how my music should sound through my Focal. And I thought this HP really sxxks. It sounded so congested. It's not like there was any sound missing, but they all sounded like coming from a long distance without clarity. There was also a obvious recess on the mid range so that the vocals were dimmed.

    Then I turned on repeat on my player and just let it sit there for the day through a list of different music. Everyday after about 10 hours I then listen to it. I've been doing this for the last 3 days, so it has about 30 hours in so far. What I can say is that I can hear a difference after each day. Out of curiosity, wife checked as well. She didn't know that it needed a burn in but she said to me "wow, why it sounds so nice now!". The sound just opened up with more instrument separation and transparency. There is more dynamic and the bass became authoritatively deeper that can literally vibrate the pads.

    Sound stage gets wider as well. If I drew a 2D square around my head, sound can come from each corner or between my ears a bit above my forehead. Then extend that sqaure further away to a 3D stage, I can hear now 8 corners of possibilities. That sqaure can be wider and away depends on the music. (I need to say it requires high resolution music and different music can sound a different stage based on how they were recorded. Mostly I only hear 2 to 3 corners in the same piece of music.)

    Again, I can't compare it to other HP's but I want to say it's darn good. I'd suggest that don't even listen to it or make a judgement until you have at least 30 hours of burn-in. I feel a bit of mid-recess still when I have the volume very low. The mid sounds good when I turn up the volume just a bit more. A good thing is that the mid doesn't become overly bright when I turn up the volume to get more bass. I am hopeful that it will open up more with bigger sound stage when I reach 50 hours or more.
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    The 8000 are a good choice if you favor a more laid back sound. I liked them quite a bit but ultimately felt them just too recessed and laid back for my taste. If you need ANC they're actually a great option as they have a decent NC and for me were the best blend of ANC and sound quality of any headphone I tried.
    Main HT
    Magnepan 1.6QR fronts, POlk R15 surrounds, Pioneer SC-25, Parasound Halo A23, Oppo BDP-105, Panasonic TC-P60ZT60, Sony PS3, Apple TV

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    Polk Blackstone TL3, Polk PSWi225 Wireless Sub, HK 3490 Integrated, Oppo BDP-103, Sharp Aquos 32" TV, Apple TV

    Office Rig
    27" iMac w/Amarra, AudioQuest Dragonfly 1.2, Focal XS Book, Schiit Valhalla, Cypher Labs Theorem 720, Philips Fidelio X1, Sennheiser HD600, HiFiMan HE-500, B&W P7, LG 47LM7600, Sony PS3, Apple TV

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