Sennheiser HD 800 S Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones

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Sennheiser HD 800 S Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones
Key Features
  • 56mm Dynamic Transducers
  • Open-Back Construction
  • 4 Hz to 51 kHz Frequency Response
  • Sound Absorber Design Preserves High End
An update on the well-regarded HD 800, the HD 800 S by Sennheiser comprises a pair of open-back headphones designed for use in studio situations, particularly when referencing between monitors and cans. Its 56mm transducer is housed in stainless steel, while its headband and mounting utilize industrial, aerospace-grade materials to emphasize durability at a relatively light weight of 11.6 oz. Sennheiser's proprietary sound absorber technology preserves the integrity of the highest of high ends by eliminating the "masking effect," a phenomenon in which the ear struggles to hear particularly bright signals when lower-frequency material occurs simultaneously at a louder volume. In reducing this masking effect, every nuance of the frequency spectrum is represented and made audible.
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Sennheiser HD 800 S Overview

An update on the well-regarded HD 800, the HD 800 S by Sennheiser comprises a pair of open-back headphones designed for use in studio situations, particularly when referencing between monitors and cans. Its 56mm transducer is housed in stainless steel, while its headband and mounting utilize industrial, aerospace-grade materials to emphasize durability at a relatively light weight of 11.6 oz. Sennheiser's proprietary sound absorber technology preserves the integrity of the highest of high ends by eliminating the "masking effect," a phenomenon in which the ear struggles to hear particularly bright signals when lower-frequency material occurs simultaneously at a louder volume. In reducing this masking effect, every nuance of the frequency spectrum is represented and made audible.

The design of its earcups directs sound to the ear at a subtle angle, thereby aiding in a realistic—and realistically stereo—monitoring experience. Additionally, there are two different possibilities for audio connection: a stereo 1/4" connector, and a 4.4mm balanced cable for connecting to balanced outputs, such as a headphone amplifier.

Key Features
  • Open-back, circumaural dynamic sound reproduction achieved through absorber technology
  • 4 Hz to 51 kHz frequency response
  • 300 Ohm impedance
  • Matte-black metal parts
  • Realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
  • Large transducers with finely crafted dynamic transducer design
  • Uncovered earcups for enhanced acoustics
  • Handcrafted ear pads made of microfiber fabric
  • Metal headband with an inner damping element
  • Tuned and balanced impedance-matching cable with low capacitance
  • High-precision headphone connectors
UPC: 615104273009

Sennheiser HD 800 S Specs

Headphone
Driver Size2.2" / 56 mm
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.02%
FoldableNo
Contact Pressure3.4 N
Audio Connector to Source1/4" TRS
4.4 mm
Cable DesignY-Type
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.96 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.05 x 10.9 x 6.2"

Sennheiser HD 800 S Reviews

True Quality on All Levels

By George A.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-21

Though I'd had the HD 800S headphones in my wishlist for a couple of years, I always balked at the price. I already own several high tier headphones from AKG and other Sennheiser models, and I figured the difference would be modest in an upgrade to the HD 800S set. I was wrong. The difference in spatial perception of the sound field is immediate and pronounced. Doing an A/B comparison with my other headphones, you don't have to listen too carefully in order to hear the dramatic difference. In addition to the outstandingly realistic sound field, they are extremely comfortable, yet solidly built. Outstanding on every level. My only regret is that I didn't order them a couple of years ago.

Best money can buy

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-18

These headphones were an upgrade from my HD650 headphones and I can safely say the upgrade was worth it. If you are looking for the best premium HIFI headphones on the market for less than $2000, these are it.

You will need a headphone amp

By Patrick
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-14

No doubt these are very good headphones. But, are they worth the hefty price? I don't think so. I tried a direct plug into my Marantz 8802A preamp, and was not impressed. But, the reviews were clear that these cans needed an amp, so I was not surprised. So, I got a top of the line Schiit Moj and tried again. They sound good, but the bass is a bit lacking. Again, not a surprise. My advise: Find somewhere where you can listen to a variety of headphones. Put on a blindfold and have someone else put the options on your ears. Have each sample driven by the same music, amp, etc. Rate each and buy the best value.

I am really glad I bought these!

By Gene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-15

Amazing. Just amazing. Takes me back to my dedicated hi-fi days. Not hyped, just awesome, clear, detailed, and spatially enveloping. Unlike some other reviews I've seen online about these (and yes, I looked into a lot of boutique cans reviews and discussions) I do not find a lack of low frequency. But then I was looking for a proper reference. Another reviewer here mentioned Schiit Mjolnir 2 ... I had no idea about that, and ended up going that route as well. Definitely worth it. I will say I was a little let down with the lack of significant obvious difference between the unbalanced headphone outputs of the two interfaces I use (from computer, an Akai EIE Pro and a MOTU UltraLite mk3) ... but when I switch the included cable to balanced and listened with the Mjolnir 2, I started to get it ... seemed that the depth and detail increased. To be honest, it had better ... I WANT it to make a difference. And of course it's a little harder to A/B since one has to switch the cable out. For what it's worth, I listen for general use and reference with the LISST cans in the Mjolnir, and when I want pure enjoyment and exploration, I put the tubes in. Between the LISST cans and the tubes, it is more apparent in the HD 800S than in my other cans, which sound midrangey and hollow by comparison ... also, I find it MUCH more easy to hear overcompression and small distortions that I would not have heard otherwise, so just that, by itself, is a case for the Sennheisers with or without fancy amp. I am happy to say that things are less disturbing or surprising when I listen on speakers after working on stuff using the HD 800 S ... so, for what it's worth, as reference cans, I find them very satisfactory.

Spectacular dynamic-driver heaphones

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-18

I won't go into technical details on these headphones, as there are great resources online a simple search away. Suffice to say these are the modestly updated successors to Sennheiser's previous (and still available) HD800 headphones. The main changes, apart from the cosmetic shift to black, from the HD800 to the HD800 S is a slight increase in bass response (technically by adding second harmonic distortion) and the use of a Helmholtz resonator to reduce the 6khz treble peak that some felt plagued the original HD800. Otherwise these are identical to the original HD800, and share that headphone's many positive attributes. Namely: An amazing ability to scale with your other equipment Precise, detailed sound Huge, enveloping soundscape (for headphones) that comes as close as I've heard to replicating the feel of near-field monitors Great comfort The main limitation as I see it to these are price (they aren't cheap, although they - oddly - represent something of a bargain vs competitors like the Focal Utopia, Audeze LCD-4, and other flagships), the inability to swap the earpads as the end user (apparently, I haven't tried myself), and the lack of subwoofer-like, subterranean bass. I think this last issue is a little overblown in the community at large, but it is true: these are not bass-head headphones. They aren't going to pound your head like a pair of JVC-Z20000 or Shure 1540s or Fostex TH-900mkII. But the big 56mm drivers on these do deliver precise, accurate bass with lots of texture and detail, and they reach down deep - they just don't emphasize the bass like bass-cannon headphones do. All in all, despite the price (and factor in you do get a balanced cable included with these, which is pricey by itself), I've found immense enjoyment from the wonderful, engaging, enveloping soundscape these deliver. If you are in the market, YMMV, you may prefer planar sound like the LCD-4, but do yourself a favor and try these, too. You may just find you love 'em.

Superb headphone

By Heepaholic
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-23

Superb product if you like studio quality and not a headphone who can influence the sound. Some hard to drive compared to others, but this is a High-End product

Audio Heaven

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-14

Headphones are incredible; get a nice headphone amp to help them shine but awesome headphones

A lot of work to reach the advertised TOTL headphones

By Khoa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-06-23

A month ago I was in love with my new Grado GS3000e. A week into my bliss purchase, this brand new set's left ear stopped working. I sent it back to B&H for an exchange, I ended up with a refund because they couldn't get me another set at the sale price. Frustrated with awesome parties to my ears were taken from me. So I looked for a replacement at similar price. I took a chance and ordered this HD 800S also on sale. On the first day, I tried them on my Marantz HD-DAC1... frankly they sounded bland. Even though I noticed the soundstage was present where I could sense where the singer and each instruments were located. The upper sound was crystal clear, but the bass was missing of the vibration of the guitar strings strummed or the drum surfaces thumbing. I read somewhere high impedance headphones might sound better with high gain, but I feared of distortion! I tried it anyway and this set came to live like GS3000e and no distortion at all. The treble was pleasant, but the bass was still too mild. I switched over to the Astell&Kern Kann with high gain and increasing bass through the equalizer (60-200Hz). Now it can compete with GS3000e with even better soundstage. In short, due to high impedance I must use a DAC headphone amplifier and an equalizer to reach its full potential. As for quality of these headphones, they are well built with mostly plastic material. The drivers are huge at 56mm therefore having the headphones on is like wearing Prince Leia's cinnamon hair buns. But they are light and very comfortable to wear. I had them on for over an hour and I wasn't tired. I love the feel of the 2 cables came with the headphones but I would prefer if they include the XLR 4 connector instead of the Sony 4.4mmm proprietary. In conclusion, the Grado GS3000e is low maintenance it will work great even with a phone. It has wonderful sounds in the Cocobolo wood. But with my current setup of amplifier/MP3 device and downloaded the software equalizer for my PC, I'm glad I got the Sennheiser HD800S over then the GS3000e. Is this my end game headphones? Yes! But I'll wait for Grado to come out with something exciting like the GS3000e as my low gain impedance headphones (or if GS3000e is on sale again and work properly), I'll pick up another set again then I'll stop.

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