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- 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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There's has always been a debate between electronic reproduction and natural sound. The Sennheiser HD-800 is the headphone that has been specifically engineered in replicating the basic acoustic conditions of natural hearing. This level of performance has yet to be matched by any competitor. The HD-800 is the ultimate headphone to deliver nature. More than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied into the new HD 800. Incorporating Sennheiser's most advanced driver technology, these open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones redefine what reference-level audio is all about. You will form an altogether new height of sonic perspective as you experience a high-fidelity natural hearing experience. Premium parts have gone into their production - the transducer is encased by a precision material made of stainless steel; ear pads are made of special high-quality Japanese Alcantara; while the headband and headphone mounting utilizes the most advanced development from the aerospace industry. In terms of connectivity, these headphones utilize specially designed, four-wire, high-performance connections with Teflon insulation. These headphones have been developed to provide the closest match to "being there" than any other available headphone. The Sennheiser HD-800 is for the discriminating audiophile seeking the best and most natural sound available. From rich bass lows to definitive highs, the Sennheiser HD-800 headphones deliver the exclusive sound that nature had intended. Special high precision headphone connectors Frequency Response - 14 - 44,100 Hz (- 3 dB) Nominal Impedance - 300 Ohms Contact Pressure - 3.4 N (+- 0.3 N) approx. Transducer Principle - Dynamic, open Thd - =0.02 % (1kHz/1Vrms) Characteristic Spl - 102 dB (1kHz/1Vrms) Cable Length - 9.84 feet (3m) Oxygen Free Cable Adapter - 1/4 (6.3 mm) stereo jack Sennheiser 2 year warranty Each pair of Sennheiser
Top customer reviews
The largest sound stage of any headphone I've ever listened to. They leak a lot of sound.
I coupled the HD800 with the new Fosgate head phone (tube) amp, a match made in heaven! Some have said the treble is a bit harsh for these phones. I could detect none of that even on some older badly recorded CDs of string quartets. And some have said the bass is weak. Again, I found it full and rich. And if you want more, the Fosgate amp has a switch to boost it to your liking (NOT the old bass boost of older amps--a much more sophisticated circuit). A marvelous wide and deep soundstage (as in 3D).
I listen to mostly classical and within that a lot of chamber. The subtle inner detail revealed by the HD800 is simply wonderful which brings you much closer to the live experience. It also handles massive orchestral pieces without a hint of congestion. The bass on Jazz is right on--not boomy or anemic and you can hear the finger plucks. Well recorded vocals will give you goose bumps. And yes, rock simply rocks! Finally, very comfortable even after extended listening periods.
So I still prefer listening to my speakers but these headphones come very, very close floating my boat as well. They actually do some things better than my speakers such as the delicate inner detail mentioned above. I could go on but I'm not a professional reviewer and lack the vocabulary to describe HD800 adequately. Just suffice to say that I would highly recommend them and consider the price to be a bargain relative to the value. But do get a decent aftermarket cord as the one supplied doesn't do these phones justice. (mine is Cardas, bought off EBay)
You can safely ignore the "audiophiles" who claim you need kilobuck amplifiers and cables to get the most out of these. They sound great from an O2/ODAC and a $300 receiver. Also, ignore those who tell you that you need lossless or high-res files. Spotify Extreme and iTunes Plus are virtually indistinguishable from lossless when submitted to a proper blind comparison.
These require 300 omhs and I recommend an Objective DAC + Amp combo. Please make sure you take time to adjust the headphone to the shape of your head both for comfort and audio reasons. Speaking of comfort, these are quite light and comfortable. The clamping force is very low. Any lower and they'll just fall off your head, and that would be no good. Earcups are very large, and even with huge ears they will fit just fine inside the cups. Padding is soft. Cable is quarter inch and braided. It exhibits no microphonics.
Yes, these are great audiophile headphones, but I'm not giving a 5/5 because they are big budget monsters. If I could give 4 and a half, that would be a definite consideration. Also, please don't read Amazon reviews like they are all valid. The z2300 from Logitech gets what, 4/5, 5/5 average reviews? Make sure you listen to the headphones before buying them unless you are really THAT rich and you just want some new toys. Stop handing out 5/5s on reviews, guys.
Please note that these are very revealing and analytical headphones. If you want to mix music, these look like a very strong contender. If you have music with subpar quality or mixed in a less-than-ideal way, it will show up in your listening experience. While this speaks to the accuracy of these headphones, some audiophiles actually prefer a different experience geared towards making the sound pleasant rather than extremely accurate. You still have the brightness issue however.