The amazing thing about the HD800 is how detailed the sound is no matter the volume level. You do not have to turn them up to hear more - it is all there even at low levels. People are going deaf because their poor ear buds and headphones can't do that. My previous headphones were Grado SR300, which I thought were decent until hearing the HD800. Not even close. The HD800 has tight, detailed, accurate bass which made the bass on my $300 Grados sound vague. Significant break-in time required. Will sound harsh only if harshness is in the listening chain before it. Totally faithful and detailed, excellent for mastering
Very good headphones, I really like it!
The Sennheiser HD 800 is the best spiritual successor to the HD 600/650, The level of detail it provides rivals many headphones at the $ 1000 dollar range. Its craftsmanship in unmatched as it is lighter than other flagship headphones from Audeze/Hifiman which weigh over 300 g. It is the ultimate end game. It also matches perfectly with most genres of music. The comfort it provides with large alcantara earpads with minimal clamp, even rivals the HD 600 which has a vice-like clamp initially. Overall a great headphone that deserves a place in history.
The striking industrial design combines form and function seamlessly, the layered metal and plastic headband construction attenuating vibrations to the earcups while the handmade microfiber earpads offer exceptional comfort for even long periods of listening enjoyment.
Crafted for perfection, the HD 800 and the HD 800 S are precision-built in Germany from only the finest materials and components. The transducer is encased by stainless steel, while the headband and headphone mounting utilises the most advanced materials developed in the aerospace industry for high strength with minimal weight.
The new HD 800 S offers even better high precision connectivity options and is now supplied with two connection leads, a 6.3mm connector and a XLR-4 balanced cable to offer even better quality sound from sources with balanced outputs such as the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphones amplifier.
Absorber technology of the HD 800 S
The enhanced sound reproduction of the HD 800 S is achieved through the addition of the innovative absorber technology that was pioneered in the Sennheiser IE 800 – a breakthrough that preserved the audibility of very high frequency sounds by eliminating a phenomenon known as the “masking effect”, where the human ear struggles to hear frequencies of sound when lower frequencies of a higher volume occur at the same time. By absorbing the energy of the resonance, Sennheiser’s patented absorber technology prevents any unwanted peaks and allows all frequency components – even the finest nuances – in the music material to become audible. This innovation was a key element in making the IE 800 the world’s best sounding in ear headphone, and in the HD 800 S it helps to bring even greater purity and precision.
Such enhancements build on the formidable achievements of the classic, with the 56mm sound transducer – the largest ever used in dynamic headphones. The unique ear cup design directs sound waves to the ear at a slight angle to create an impressively natural and spatial listening experience.
While much appears the same, the enhanced performance within is revealed by a distinctive new look, with the silver finish of the 2009 classic HD 800 making way for high-class matt black for the HD 800 S.
Further optimised reference class in wired headphones
Open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones
Enhanced sound reproduction achieved through absorber technology
Additional cable with balanced XLR4 connector
High-class matte black metal parts
Natural hearing experience - realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
Biggest transducers ever used in headphones including new innovative dynamic transducer design
Uncovered earcups for enhanced acoustics
Handcrafted ear pads, made of high-quality microfiber fabric
Metal headband with an inner damping element
Specially tuned balanced, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
Special high precision headphone connectors
2 year warranty