Sennheiser HD 800S headphones
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The Sennheiser HD 800 S is an improved version of the well renowned & highly respected HD 800 reference headphone for audiophiles. A modern classic, Sennheiser's reference class HD 800 headphones deliver sound that is as natural as possible and true in every detail.
Improving on a seemingly perfect formula is not a task undertaken lightly, but Sennheiser’s engineers have succeeded in enhancing still further the sound reproduction in the open, circumaural HD 800 S.
Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones
The striking industrial design of the HD800 S headphones 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 while the headband and headphone mounting utilises the most advanced materials developed in the aerospace industry for high strength with minimal weight.
The HD 800 S offers even better high precision connectivity options and is supplied with two connections: a 6.3mm (1/4") connector adapter and a 4 inch XLR balanced cable to offer even better quality sound from sources with balanced outputs such as the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone 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 hear 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 HD800 headphones, 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 matte black for the HD 800 S.
- Optimized reference class in wired headphones
- Open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones
- Enhanced sound reproduction achieved through absorber technology
- 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
- Full-size 4 inch XLR balanced stock cable
- Specially tuned balanced, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
- 2 year warranty
I am using them with the balanced Mytek XLR adapter and overall very happy with my purchase, sound is very resolving and neutral, but not harsh.
Very nice with my DSD and FLAC source files, noticing a lot of details I was missing before. Also, they are beautifully constructed, light and comfortable to wear for hours on end.
Is the HD800S, the HD800 with the hot peaky treble fixed? Yes.
Sennheiser had the testing equipment and the engineers to take the �Anaxilus mod� and optimize it until they could really address the treble problems so well described by reviewers on Head-Fi and other sites.
I am very sensitive to harsh sounding headphones and other gear, so I was on pins and needles waiting for the HD800S to arrive, wondering if I had blown two grand on a pair of headphones I would not enjoy listening to.
After 50 hours or so of burn in, they smoothed out very nicely. I love listening to well recorded lossless and hi-res classical and jazz music, especially violin pieces.
I absolutely love listening to these phones. Nuff said!
It was announced about small changes. But they are not so small.
Bass became more. It is now quite enough. More details, because treble became thinner and much nicer.
And the space are still in the old concept. And all this with the stock cable.
- do you still/also recommend the Black Dragon V2 Premium even for the HD800S or
- is now the time for a (new) "Silver Dragon V3 Premium for HD800S" (which doesn't exist so far ... I think) ???
All I can say is that the upgrade from the stock cable to the Black Dragon was impressive enough to warrant the expenditure. I can't say that the HD800 sound is overly analytic in the first place. After the upgrade, detail has improved all over the spectrum and I like that a lot. I really don't understand when people talk about "too analytic". Maybe they just don't like the truth when it hits them?