Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Headphone
|Headphones Jack||6.35 mm|
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Weight (without cable): approx. 330 g
- Sound pressure level at 1 kHz: 102 dB (1 Vrms)
- Nominal impedance: 300 Ohms
- Frequency Response: 6–51,000 Hz (-10 dB); 14–44,100 Hz (-3 dB)
- Contact pressure: approx. 3.4 N ± 0.3 N
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Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Meet the Sennheiser HD 800
Sennheiser 800 Series headphones were created with a singular goal: The pursuit of perfect sound. The HD 800 redefines the audiophile listening experience. It’s capable of breaking down the barrier between audio recording and playback equipment connecting the listener directly to an artist’s original performance. In doing this, the power of emotion is delivered through music.
The patented Ring Radiator transducer is central to the HD 800’s exceptional performance. This innovative 56 millimeter diameter driver is one of the largest used in dynamic headphones. The 40 millimeter aluminum voice coil is driven by a 42 millimeter magnet structure. The transducers diaphragm has two contact points (instead of one used in traditional drivers), at the inside and outside of the ring. Greater surface area coupled with enhanced control of two contact points deliver truly exceptional performance.
- The open back design architecture contributes to exceptional clarity, detail and dynamics.
- Angling the transducers forward of the listener ears helps deliver a wide and open spatial presentation unlike any other headphone.
- Listening to the HD 800 is like being in studio with the performers.
Ergonomic Ear Cups
Innovative, ergonomically designed ear cup frame is crafted of Leona, an ultra-lightweight, non-resonant material with titanium like strength. Stainless steel mesh protects the transducers. Both contribute to wearing comfort and acoustic performance.
The metal headband is 'sandwiched' between several layers of resonance dampening polymers to eliminate unwanted vibrations from being transmitted to the headphone mountings and ear cups.
Luxurious Ear Cushions
High quality, easy to maintain and durable microfiber ear pads provide extreme comfort ensuring hours of listening pleasure.
Ring Radiator Transducer
The patented 56 millimeter ring radiator transducers are the largest dynamic driver used in a headphone. It delivers rich, full sound and reduced distortion by effectively controlling the oscillating surface.
Impedance matched, low capacitance feature insulated twin-core connections on each ear cup are shielded against frequency disturbance caused by ambient noise.
Made in Germany
Manufactured in Germany using handcrafted, artisan assembly complimented by state of the art electronic production and testing equipment.
|HD 800||HD 800 S|
|Frequency Response||4 – 51,000 Hz (-10 dB)||4 – 51,000 Hz (-10 dB)|
|Impedance||300 Ohm||300 Ohm|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||<0.02% (1 kHz, 100 dB)||<0.02% (1 kHz, 100 dB)|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||102 db (1 kHz, 1 Vrm)||102 db (1 kHz, 1 Vrm)|
|Contact Pressure||~ 3.4 N (± 0.3 N)||~ 3.4 N (± 0.3 N)|
|Transducer Principle||Dynamic Open||Dynamic Open|
|Audio-XLR Connector||6.3mm||6.3mm and XLR4|
|Weight w/o Cable||11.6 oz. (330 g)||11.6 oz. (330 g)|
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|Headphones Form Factor||open-back||Over Ear||Over Ear||On Ear||Over Ear||On Ear|
|Item Dimensions||13.78 x 10.8 x 5.91 inches||1 x 1 x 1 inches||4.3 x 7.48 x 7.87 inches||8.7 x 4.7 x 9.1 inches||8.1 x 3.95 x 10.25 inches||6.69 x 4.33 x 7.48 inches|
|Item Weight||0.73 lbs||0.50 lbs||1.23 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.66 lbs|
Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Headphone.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.78 x 10.8 x 5.91 inches; 11.7 Ounces
- Item model number : HD800
- Date First Available : January 8, 2009
- Manufacturer : Sennheiser
- ASIN : B001OTZ8DA
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,428 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
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The missing piece for me was a set of excellent headphones. I have owned the Sennheiser 650s for about a year now, and while they are very good, I still felt like something was missing from the output. I did quite a bit of research on headphones, and my research kept bringing me back to the 800s. I balked for several weeks at the price...paying nearly a grand for headphones is something that I would have just laughed at a few years ago. But, eventually I came the to realization that, if I wanted to experience the music the way the recording artist intended, I had to suck it up, and take a leap of faith in Sennheiser.
Boy am I happy that I did. The headphones take listening to music to a whole new level for me. Like I said before, I'm not an audiophile...I don't spend countless hours paying attention to tiny nuances in the sound. But, I do know and appreciate high quality recordings when I hear them. And until I put on the 800s, I had never truly experienced sound at this level of clarity and depth with any listening device I had ever owned before.
As I said...clarity and depth are incredible with these headphones. I can easily pick up instruments played in songs that I actually hadn't heard before. For example...I had listened to The Beta Band's song "B&A" hundreds of times before...but when I listened to it for the first time with the 800s, I could hear some kind of percussion instrument in the background that I had never picked up before.
Now, all that said...these headphones aren't magical. They can only reproduce sound that's been recorded. In other words...if the recording isn't great, then the 800s won't sound great. These headphones do exactly what I've always wanted and been searching for: they faithfully reproduce the sound as the recording artist had intended.
If I had to come up with some kind of "gripe", I would probably have to say that I wish the bass was a little heavier...these headphones lean on the mid and high range. At least they do to my untrained ears. Other than that very minor point, I could not be happier with them.
I've owned other Sennheisers in the past. Some of them I liked (580s, 590s, 598s), some of them I didn't (600s, 650s), and with all the wild reports of these being everything from transcendent, to harsh or sibilant, I really didn't know what to expect.
What I got, was one of the best sounds I've ever heard.
The sound is wide open, unlike the 600s or 650s, and manage to allow you to get swallowed into a large, detailed, but never aggressive, soundstage. Bass is tuneful, but not overdone. Mids are open and spacious, not warm, not closed in, not shouty. Highs are pristine, crystal clear, extended, and effortless in their extension...like a flawless soprano singer...high as can be, but clear as a bell.
I've powered them with an Audioengine D1 (okay, but underpowered), a Pioneer Receiver (slightly better), and a Schiit Valhalla 2 (the best), and they sounded very good to stunning with all of them.
Twelve hundred is clearly a lot of money. To me, the question I ask myself, is this...
"Are these clearly better than every lower price headphone you've heard?"
They absolutely are. I'd even go one step further, and say that they are a bargain! I've never had something bring me to audio nirvana, for so little money. I have a twenty thousand dollar stereo system, and if I had to, I could sell it all, and be happy I had these Sennheisers.
They really are amazing.
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By S on November 1, 2016
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The only complaint that I have with the package is that the headphone cable while well built is far too long at 10 feet, I've had to bundle it up using rip-ties and will be replacing it with a short aftermarket cable.
My setup used for this review.
Sources: Roon, Tidal, Jriver MC 24 on Win 10
DACs: Schiit Bifrost Multi-bit, Pro-ject Pre Box S2 Digital (for MQA streaming)
Preamplifier: Schiit Freya (with tube gain on)
Headphone Amp: Schiit Lyr 2 with Genalex Gold Lion 6922 tubes (set to high gain)
The largest sound stage of any headphone I've ever listened to. They leak a lot of sound.
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è troppo selettiva per cui non usatela con registrazioni (o fonti) non fatte bene .
se la sorgente musicale è quella giusta, vi farà percepire le dita che si muovono sulla tastiera di una chitarra o il rumore della sedia del musicista che si sta alzando per fare il suo intervento.
è tagliente sulle alte (se la registrazione non è corretta) ma i bassi......
i bassi non hanno code, rimbombi e ciò che copre il resto della musica . ascoltate i contrabbassi che precedono l'incontro tra filippo secondo e l'inquisitore (registrazione non nuovissima con r. raimondi) e poi il duetto fra i due dove fanno a gara a chi scende di più...