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Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones

B&H # SEHD800 Mfr # HD800
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You Pay: $1,499.95
Product Highlights
  • Open-Back Design
  • Dynamic Transducers
  • Around-Ear Cushions
  • Cushioned Metal Headband
  • Impedance-Matching Cable
  • Standard 1/4" Plug
  • Hand-Assembled in Germany

The Sennheiser HD 800 stereo headphones provide professional-quality audio in a comfortable design. These open-back headphones use large dynamic transducers encased by precision-made stainless steel housings to provide a natural listening experience.

The padded metal headband and thick around-ear cushions provide long-lasting comfort, to keep you listening for hours. The specially-tuned impedance-matching cable has a low capacitance, and the gold-plated 1/4" plug provides a clear signal path and is resistant to corrosion. The headphones are hand-assembled in Germany and include a 2-year warranty.

Advanced driver technology with large dynamic transducers
Stainless steel housings for style and durability
Open-back design provides detailed, natural audio
Thick around-ear cushions for lasting comfort
Padded metal headband provides a secure fit
Specially-tuned impedance-matching cable
Gold-plated 1/4" plug for terrific signal transmission and resistance to corrosion
Hand-assembled in Germany
Type Open-Back, Dynamic, Around-Ear
Frequency Range 6Hz - 51kHz (-10dB)
14Hz - 44.1kHz (-3dB)
Impedance 300 Ohms
Sensitivity 102dB
Maximum Input Power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Connectors Gold-Plated 1/4" Stereo Plug
Cable Length 9.8' (3 m)
Weight 9.2 oz (260g)
Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    SennheiserHD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (6)
    • Durable (5)
    • Good bass (5)
    • Comfortable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home audio (6)
      • Music (4)
      • Relaxing (3)
      • With my computer (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sennheiser HD-800 - Top Quality

      If you thought you had hearing loss when listening to other 'phones such as the Sennheiser 600/650, try these and you'll hear things you haven't heard before. When you get this kind...Read complete review

      If you thought you had hearing loss when listening to other 'phones such as the Sennheiser 600/650, try these and you'll hear things you haven't heard before. When you get this kind of clarity without adding extra "brilliance", that's really remarkable. What else can I say? They aren't as big or bulky as reviewers have said, and they don't clamp your head like the 600/650's do. Not a bad deal, even for [$].

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not worth the high price

      These headphones sound great in the mids and highs, probably the best I've ever heard, but they lack bass unless you amp them carefully. The fact is, you can get 90% there and...Read complete review

      These headphones sound great in the mids and highs, probably the best I've ever heard, but they lack bass unless you amp them carefully. The fact is, you can get 90% there and achieve better bass with other cheaper headphones that are like 50% cheaper, so I do not feel that these are worth the high price. I have to say it's not what I thought it would be. I was expecting to be absolutely blown away by the detail and quality of the sound and...well, I just wasn't.

      Yes, they are very comfortable and they look cool and have a great build quality, etc, but when doing direct comparisons to my Denon AHD-7000 headphones for example, I got more enjoyment out of the Denons each and every time. And, the Denons are much less expensive! Why spend so much money if you can get right up near to this quality and get more enjoyment for less money in another headphone?

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      5.0

      Best in the world

      By Johnny

      from Ireland

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

            You need the right system for these headphone ,i am useing a naim cdx2 player and i have an atlas mavros rca cable going into a lehmann audio linear headphone amp, and i did not change the stock cable on the HD800 but if i do i will consider the cardus clear because these are more like speaker cables which will benifit the HD800 because of the 56m drivers,The sound from this setup in simply stunning.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Quality product. Worth every cent.

            By big p

            from Joplin, Mo

            About Me Amateur Audiophile, Gearhead, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Reception
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High Volume

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

              Packaged to perfection. It lives up to the hype. First pair of headphones that I actually do not want to remove. I coupled this purchase with a portable amp. Makes the mids and lows glow like I have never heard. Highs are easy on the ears.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic! The best around....

              By Hugo the Stone

              from Londrina,PR,Brazil

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Reception
              • Easy Controls

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • High Volume

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                Very Confortable!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                No more compromise - Simply the Best

                By someone who just loves music

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Choir Singer, Consultant

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Big Sound
                  • Classical
                  • Home Audio
                  • Music

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                  I'm mostly listening Classical, Choir, and some "classical pop" music.

                  After getting Schiit's Headphone Amp and DAC (which boosted the vintage Sennheiser HD425 I'm using to a really nice sound) I decided to get serious. For several month I did my research in order to find THE headphone for me.

                  Listening to several headphones in the 500$ plus category, this one convinced me within seconds.

                  The sound is absolutely clean and faithful to the source over the full range.

                  What turned me over immediately is the separation of all musical aspects of your piece. Even with the full orchestra playing, not only you can hear the individual sections, you can separate the Cello from the Bass, and even hear that a section has several players.

                  No need to mention the great soundstage, the best I've ever heard, and others mentioned that before.

                  For me the tonal balance, including bass, is exactly where it should be. More bass would be exaggeration, less would leave something out.
                  The highs are brilliant but never even close to annoying, the mids are just out of this world.

                  This leads to my second point. Listening to great Cello or voice recordings, it gives me the shiver every time. I fell in love with some of my most favorite performers for the second time.

                  Last but not least, these headphones are absolutely mercyless with sub-par recordings. They deserve, and require, only the best recordings and will give you an experience as close to live as you can get these days in my mind.
                  Never try using compressed files 128k or less, you'll hear the artifacts created from compression.
                  On the flip side, some artfully remastered older, even historic, recordings will come to new life, including the oh-so-familiar swooshy noise.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  ,Be Creative with your HD 800

                  By bill

                  from seattle wa

                  About Me Audiophile

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                    I use this product with my headroom desk top amp and bose wave sound machine stereo in a brookstone ucomfort chair. It's a pleasant experience for me.I also use a go vibe vulcan+ and fii0 e11 for equalizer and gain. The sound is beyond amazing!

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                    • No

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                    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Best

                    By The Hockey Man

                    from San Fransisco, California

                    About Me Frequent Traveler, Gear Head, Teenager

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable
                    • Good Bass
                    • Great Sound
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Relaxing
                      • Traveling
                      • With My Computer
                      • Working

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                      I use these for travel and listening to music while doing homework. Their sound quality is great, but if you are in a quiet setting, the open back design plays music for those who do not necessarily want to be listening along. On airplanes, however, there is so much background noise that the headphones are usable without disturbing fellow travellers.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great soundstage

                      By Nicky

                      from suburb of San Francisco

                      About Me Audiophile, Classical music lover

                      Pros

                      • Good Bass
                      • great sound

                      Cons

                      • High price

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                      When I first listened to the HD 800, my mouth dropped open at the great soundstage. Bass is best I have heard in headphones. Treble excellent. Midrange orchestra instruments accurately presented.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great soundstage

                      By Nicky

                      from suburb of San Francisco

                      About Me Classical music lover, Long time audiophile

                      Pros

                      • Good Bass
                      • great sound

                      Cons

                      • High price

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                      When I first listened to the HD800, my mouth dropped open in amazement at the fantastic sound stage. It presents a symphony orchestra magnificently.
                      Good bass, great high frequency response, accurate presentation of midrange instruments.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      It's a Keeper

                      By Zap Rowsdower

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Gear Head

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Crystal clear sound
                      • Durable
                      • Good Bass
                      • Great Sound
                      • High Quality Parts
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • May be too expensive

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Relaxing
                      • With My Computer

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                      I've never owned a pair of full-sized headphones. I own the Shure SE530 and Westone 3- which are great earphones. With the HD800s I can finally say I am satisfied with my collection of listening devices. I use the HD800 when I want to really indulge in listening to my lossless files on Foobar with plugins. I just plug in the beefy headphone plug into a beefy extension cable and into the Sound Blaster XFI Titanium HD sound card. The headphones go silent in between tracks which really makes the music crystal clear. The bass is really nice. It doesn't get in the way of higher frequencies. The HD800 looks like they will last forever (I hope). I will definitely be putting a strain on my finances but I get alot of enjoyment out of these great headphones. I like that it came with a high quality storage case that protects them nicely and provides a way to hide them from curious visitors when I am not around (I put it in the closet). I don't know that the performance difference compared to lesser models is worth the huge price tag, but they are my first headphones and I expect to never buy a pair again as they seem to be really well made.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (13 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not worth the high price

                      By mediahound

                      from SF Bay Area, California

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                      These headphones sound great in the mids and highs, probably the best I've ever heard, but they lack bass unless you amp them carefully. The fact is, you can get 90% there and achieve better bass with other cheaper headphones that are like 50% cheaper, so I do not feel that these are worth the high price. I have to say it's not what I thought it would be. I was expecting to be absolutely blown away by the detail and quality of the sound and...well, I just wasn't.

                      Yes, they are very comfortable and they look cool and have a great build quality, etc, but when doing direct comparisons to my Denon AHD-7000 headphones for example, I got more enjoyment out of the Denons each and every time. And, the Denons are much less expensive! Why spend so much money if you can get right up near to this quality and get more enjoyment for less money in another headphone?

                      Share this review

                      (17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Sennheiser HD-800 - Top Quality

                      By Dale

                      from Los Angeles

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate timbre
                      • Clarity
                      • Comfort
                      • Neutrality
                      • Sensitivity OK for iPods

                      Cons

                      • Absolutely none

                      Best Uses

                      • Good quality sources

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones:

                      If you thought you had hearing loss when listening to other 'phones such as the Sennheiser 600/650, try these and you'll hear things you haven't heard before. When you get this kind of clarity without adding extra "brilliance", that's really remarkable. What else can I say? They aren't as big or bulky as reviewers have said, and they don't clamp your head like the 600/650's do. Not a bad deal, even for [$].

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