Sennheiser HD800S (Black)

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Sennheiser HD800S (Black)

Over Ear Open Back Headphones
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"It doesn't take long to realise these headphones are something special." 'What Hi-Fi? magazine'. 5-star review.


Now better than ever, with absorber technology

The latest 'S' version of the HD800S uses an innovative absorber technology that was first pioneered in the IE800 model. By absorbing unwanted resonance, the most subtle details are clearer and the sound is less congested. Especially noticeably at high frequencies, the HD800S has better resolution than the standard model.

The largest transducers for class-leading dynamics
Contained within these large headphones are, unsurprisingly, the largest speaker transducers that are commercially available. The innovative design of these speakers gives a dynamic response and bass depth that's almost impossible to reproduce with smaller designs. Furthermore, the stainless steel housings ensure a highly rigid and robust chamber, enhancing the neutrality of these headphones still further.

Open-backed angled earcups
It's not just the transducers that set these headphones apart, it's their entire design. The open-back design gives an open and spacious sound for a true 'out of the head' listening experience. The design of the earcups themselves is angled to direct sound straight to the ear; giving greater precision and resolution of the most subtle details. Impedance-matched cable with precision connectors and low capacitance further aids ultra low levels of distortion.

Supplied with 4.4mm balanced cable for the ultimate connection
Another improvement with the 'S' model is the inclusion of a balanced connection cable with 4.4mm plug. Connect up to a compatible headphone amp, such as the HDV820, and you'll benefit from a fully balanced connection. This means less chance of interference and very low levels of distortion, making the sound even more detailed. A standard cable with 6.35mm plug is also supplied.

Reference comfort
There's little point in a reference quality pair of headphones if they're uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, the Sennheiser HD800S headphones are anything but. The large earcups naturally fit around your ears and are lined with microfiber fabric for cool, sweat-free contact. The metal headband features an inner damping element and generous padding for comfort right around your head. In short, if it's comfort you seek, the HD800S headphones are still one of the best.

Better than ever, the Sennheiser HD800S delivers reference levels of sound and comfort.

Overview
Cable Length
3
Type
Over Ear, Open Back
Plug size
6.35mm / 4.4mm (Unbalanced/Balanced)
General
Manufacturer's Warranty
2 years
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
4 - 51,000
High Resolution Audio
Yes
Impedance (ohms)
300
Features
Open back
Yes
Over Ear
Yes
Weight
Weight (KG)
330g
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Had mine for 5 years and never get bored, a unique headphone, nothing quite like it
Date published: 2024-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant sound Just bought these headphones first use excellent with the chord mojo2 ,spoke to Charlie at the Glasgow store’he was going to arrange a demo in store but decided to just buy amazing straight out the box,Charlie said they would improve even more with use,also Charlie was a pleasure to deal with
Date published: 2024-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These are one of a kind These headphones are something special - their soundstage and imaging are unmatched. If you listen to classical / jazz / instrumental music these are unmatched. For other genres there can be better choices but these still have the best soundstage.
Date published: 2024-02-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me I bought these headphones without first trying them - they were to replace Sennheiser HD650 headphones, which I have had for about 15 years (which I also bought without first trying out) and which I really like. I have found that the Sennheiser HD800S headphones do not suit the music that I listen to most, in particular late 19th century classical music. The main problem is the relative lack of bass - for me this really spoils the music eg Bruckner (Sym 8) and Sibelius (Sym 2). Swapping back and forth, over a few days, between the new and old headphones has highlighted the problem. As well as the 'loss' of bass, the new headphones, for me, tend to make the music somewhat too 'fizzy'. I have a 1 year old Cyrus CD player, iFi amp and am using Chord cables to connect the player and amp - all of these I consider to be excellent and all were supplied by Richer Sounds. I have contacted Richer Sounds to try and exchange the new headphones for something in the same sort of price range but that better suits the music I listen to. Some other reviews, which I read before buying the new headphones, noted the problem, but the reviewers did not find it as irritating as I have found it. Though it is difficult to do so, I would now strongly advise people to try headphones before they buy.
Date published: 2024-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A benchmark in sound quality I love the Sennheiser sound. I have owned thd 800s HD, the 700HD and the closed back HD820s. Sound quality is subjective but these get everything right. You could wear these all day without fatigue, and by that I mean the comfortable fit and the sound. And they work well with all my hifi. I use various headphone amps with balanced and unbalanced connections and they never disappoint.And the ability to replace parts helps to keep them relevant and very long lasting. I can't recommend them enough and I have used headphones most of my life.
Date published: 2023-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sennheiser HD800s and Bowers and Wilkins PX8 headp Superb sound and the staff were very efficient and helpful with excellent advice.
Date published: 2023-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sound These headphones give a super sound. Clarity is excellent, and each individual instrument carries its own character. Sound leakage is limited, as is intrusion from ambient sounds. A real treat to enjoy classical music.
Date published: 2023-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will not regret buying these Bought from Glasgow's RIcher Sounds. Great headphones. Sure, they're open backed and so someone can hear what you are listening to from 10 feet away, But that, really, is the only criticism... and if you are buying these then you know that. They are not for the train or the bus. Seriously. These are simply the best you can buy. They maybe lack a little bit of bass (but actually what I mean is that they let you hear music the way it was intended). If you don't like that, add an equalizer. And Richer Sounds offer the best service. I auditioned these, with no pressure, against the 820s. All I got was helpful advice. Cannot recommend these, or RIcher Sounds, enough.
Date published: 2023-01-13
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