Sennheiser HD 800 S Review

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Shape the Future of Audio

The Sennheiser HD 800 S is the latest version of its earlier HD 800. With this version Sennheiser has addressed certain drawbacks of its predecessor, by incorporating a fresh driver dampening system that is intended to take the edge out of the HD 800’s treble.


With the headphones weighing around 330g, it is rather light for similar products. The well designed headband as well as ear pads of the HD 100 S, make them one of the most comfortable and large size headphones. In fact, these phones are designed for indoor or domestic use. They stay stable on the head in spite of a comparatively light touch in terms of inward pressure. The new version costs much more than its predecessor, but to the users who felt that the treble of the HD 800 was a little too sharp, Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones will sound ideal.

Many users might be wary of spending a considerable amount of money on just a pair of headphones. However, if the quality of the sound happens to be your prime priority, then you ought to consider one fact: to be anywhere near Sennheiser HD 800 S’s resolution as well as insight, you will have to shell out about 10 times of as much cash for a set of high-end speakers.

• Articulated and detailed
• Well-balanced presentation
• Refined and composed
• Excellent build and comfort
• Still thinking about it

Sennheiser HD 800 S, Design and Features

Externally, the Sennheiser HD 800 S has the same look as the HD 800, except for the color, as the new version is somewhat black instead of the earlier silver. This is essentially a futuristic headphone, with its sonically inert frame. They are larger, and pads are large enough to include even the largest ears. These pads are actually topped with Alcantara, an outstanding fabric like suede that is very tough, comfy and water-resistant. The rest of it is created from aerospace-grade material that renders HD 800 S’s external part sonically inert. Since these are wholly open, it cannot be used in outdoors or noisy indoors.

The 800S consists of a balanced cable that ends unusually in an XLR connection instead of the conventional 6.3mm jack connector, as it remains the right combination for the HDVD 800 amplifier. This entails lot of cost saving too.

The Performance

Sennheiser HD 800 S is equipped with dynamic drivers of 56mm, the type that is used in cheaper sets. This highlights the fact that no planar magnetic or electrostatic drivers are necessary to gain high quality sound, resulting in sound quality that few high-end headphones can equal.  In fact, it is has terrific bass depth, smooth textured and natural mid-sounds, making it a top international class headphone. The dampening system mellows the 800 S’s treble, by rectifying the sharp treble of the earlier version.

This dampening significantly impacts on the ultra high frequency treble, thereby doing away with micro detail sounds that made the HD 800 highly unusual, so at variance with the planar magnetic headphones such as the Oppo or Audeze. This has made them them sound extremely natural and smooth.

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