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Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Headphone
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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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From the Manufacturer
At Sennheiser, we are on the pursuit of perfect sound. This is the aim and ambition of every single person working here. The quest for perfect sound focuses us on the dreams and needs of our customers all around the globe. Through our products and our ideas, we give them a unique sound experience or help them to create pristine sound for their audiences. We have done this for 70 years, and we are not ready to stop. Because we have a vision: to shape the future of audio, based on our history, our culture of innovation and our passion for excellence.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Here is the best way I can describe them. When I was young, I would listen to a lot of music particularly nice in headphones. I am talking Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and many others. I am a child of the 60's/70's so I would often be a bit "altered' while listening. In those days a pair of Koss headphones, a little "substance", and the latest King Crimson album would lend to a headphone experience whereby I would believe I was literally dreaming the music. (A very nice state). But as time went on, the subtances went away, the latest King Crimson album I had in mind (Larks Tounge in Aspic) is almost 40 years old now, and my hearing ain't what it used to be.
All that was said to lead up to this. With these headphones on (no substances), I am dreaming the music again.Read more ›
Currently there are a number of great headphones out there in the $300 range (Shure SE530's, Beyerdynamic DT 880's, AKG 701/702's, Dennons AH-D2000) which all offer a similar level of performance that the above mentioned models deliver. So now the choice on most counts comes down to a matter of taste and want each individual cares to have with their primary headphones. With all these great choices out there why would anyone in the right mind spend over $1300 on a pair of cans, is what most regular people are going to say?
1) Ability to produce a sound stage. These headphones have this in spades.
This has to be one of the best strengths that I have encountered with these headphones. One of the main dis-tractors of headphone use for many is the 'in your head' issue and listener fatigue that comes with this, not to mention being further exacerbated by low quality headphones. These cans continually carry me outside of my head. There are many tracks that I have been listening to and it is like I am hearing the sound coming from outside and not from the phones. Open and Wide are good descriptions for these headphones. Listening is a pleasure mainly due to the fact that the music is so open, with a large sound stage before me and much less of the 'in your head' feeling.
2) Neutral. You only hear what is there.
All headphones have a character of their own, not to mention all associated equipment that goes with it.Read more ›
The Sennheiser HD800 sets a new metric against which every other serious headphone or transducer must be judged. I've heard too many "breakthroughs" that just couldn't deliver the goods. This product is different.
It's hard to describe a piece of gear which, upon first listen, sounds different than anything you've heard, yet sounds so completely effortless and musical that you're left with the singular impression that the previous way you've listened to music is somehow incomplete, a wrong path if you will, and that this is clearly a better way.
I can't imagine anyone buying these and not being thrilled. They are a rare product indeed -- one that adds a significant new dimension to recordings you may have owned for years and thought you knew.
First some background. Music is very important to me; I played the cello for many years, currently sing in a gospel choir, and now do my own audio recordings of choirs and other groups. I spend a lot of time with these tracks, during both the editing process and for my own personal benefit. I often pore over recordings to try and learn the nuance and details of each part.
In this regard my playback system is crucial. I record using a Sony PCM-D50 with a variety of microphones, my favorite being a RODE NT4. I edit these on my Mac and use a Grace m902 for D/A conversion and to drive my headphones. I switch back and forth between AKG K701 headphones (now replaced by the HD800) and a pair of GURU QM10 nearfield studio monitors. With that out of the way let's get to the heart of the matter...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great head phones. Need a good amplifier and DAC to go with it. I wish I would have purchased these several years ago....Published 2 days ago by Steven Klein MD
Make no mistake, these are the one. If these don't sound musical, dynamic, or engaging to you, and that's something you want, you need an amp with more voltage swing. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Takato14
I had a choice between paying my rent or buying these headphones. im glad i bought these. they easily drown out the sound of traffic from the bridge im living under. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mike sears
QUALITY PHOTO WAS AWESOME TO WORK WITH!! THE CUSTOMER CARE WAS THE REAL DEAL; MUSIC TO THE EARS-EVEN BETTER THAN the 800's!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Makes ALL music sound better. The soundstage is huge - imagine a sphere that extends beyond your head bringing everything into focus such as an orchestra, choir, and even an... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J Heb
Great headphones! Very light weight, incredible open sound stage. Audio quality is a 5. Rating a 4 because you need a decent/good amp capable of using these headphones to full... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer