Sennheiser HD800S headphones

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The Sennheiser HD 800S 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 800S 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 utilizes 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 balanced 4.4 mm TRRRS cable offer even better quality sound from sources with balanced outputs such as the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier

Absorber technology of the HD 800S

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 ear 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
  • Specially tuned balanced, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
  • Cable with 6.35 mm (1/4") TRS single-ended plug
  • Cable with balanced 4.4 mm TRRRS balanced plug
  • 2 year warranty

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I had read many reviews on the original HD800 and was full of trepidation as the originals are known to be a picky match with source equipment and I couldn't find any reviews of people using them with Mytek Brooklyn DAC.

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.
July 1, 2016
HD800 without treble issues
First what you really want to know.

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!
March 5, 2016
No previous complications
This is 800S. But It's better than 800.

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.
January 4, 2016
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Hi, I have a HD800S and I'm searching the perfect cable for it. In your very good YouTube video from 2013 you recommend the Black Dragon V2 Premium Cable, because the HD800 can be "too analytic" or "has a little bit less bass". The V2 Premium "fixes these problems" ... fine. But now there is HD800S existing, which have these "fixes build in" (often described in reviews). So my question is:
- 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) ???
TomWoB on Jan 8, 2019
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BEST ANSWER: I have the black dragon v2 cable for my hd800s headphones and it has made a very big difference in the bass response, it didn't enlarge the bass response but more it cleaned it up, doesn't sound as muddy.

Best I can say is the difference I heard between the Sennheiser cables and the black dragon. Listening to Beethoven's violin concerto in second movement there is a point that the bass viol is being plucked, with the Sennheiser cable I hear the bass note, with the black dragon cable I actually hear the plucking sound.

I am not sure if this helps but I feel this change in cables was definitely for the better.

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