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Sennheiser CH 800 S

Balanced cable for Sennheiser HD 800 headphones

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Sennheiser CH 800 S

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Sennheiser has developed the ideal link between its flagship HD 800 headphones and their high-performance amplifiers. The CH 800 S is a high-quality balanced cable designed for their HD 800 headphones. Replace the stock cable with the CH 800 S and connect it to the Sennheiser HDVD 800 or HDVA 600 to open up a world of audiophile delights for your ears to revel in.

Uncompromised headphone performance from Sennheiser

Sennheiser has developed the ideal link between its flagship HD 800 headphones and their high-performance amplifiers. The CH 800 S is a high-quality balanced cable designed for their HD 800 headphones. Replace the stock cable with the CH 800 S and connect it to the Sennheiser HDVD 800 or HDVA 600 to open up a world of audiophile delights for your ears to revel in.

This cable's four-pole XLR plug preserves the symmetrical signal flow from your Sennheiser amp through two pairs of silver-plated oxygen-free copper leads all the way to the independent left- and right-earcup connectors. This results in very precise signal transmission with almost no distortion, so you can maximize the sonic potential of your headphones and amplifier. You'll enjoy clean, wide-open sound with fine detail shining through and virtually no noise.

Quality cable with no noticeable sound quality.. The effect of various cables is a subjective issue which may or may not represent value for you.

amham, New Jersey (what exit?)

What's in the Box:

  • 11.5' (3.5 meters) Headphone cable for HD 800 headphones (with 2 proprietary connectors (ODU) on one end and one XLR-4 connector on the other end)

Product Highlights:

  • balanced headphone cable with 4-pole XLR connector
  • left- and right-channel ODU connectors designed for connection to the Sennheiser HD 800 headphones
  • allow balanced connection to the Sennheiser HDVA 600 and HDVD 800 headphone amplifiers
  • two pairs of oxygen-free copper leads maintain a symmetrical signal flow to each channel
  • leads are plated in silver, double-twisted, and shielded
  • gold-plated contacts
  • length: 9.8 feet (3 meters)
  • weight: 4.6 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Sennheiser CH 800 S Reviews

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Balanced Cable for HD800

Written by: RCBinTN from Tennessee on December 7, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this cable to connect my HDVA600 amp to HD800 cans with a balanced cable. It's simply the same cable that is supplied with the HD800 but with a 4-pin XLR connector. Decent build quality. Decent sound. Much cheaper than most after-market balanced cables for the HD800. If you want to get up and running quickly on a balanced connection with HD800, order this cable along with the cans.

Pros: Build quality, connectors are good. Quite long so will reach across the table when you want to share the outstanding HD800 sound with others in the room.

Cons: None really.

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Written by: amham from New Jersey (what exit?) on May 3, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Quality cable with no noticeable sound quality.. The effect of various cables is a subjective issue which may or may not represent value for you.

Pros: It was FREE!

Cons: none

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What's in the box?

  • 11.5' (3.5 meters) Headphone cable for HD 800 headphones (with 2 proprietary connectors (ODU) on one end and one XLR-4 connector on the other end)

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Features

Overview: The Sennheiser CH 800 S is a high-end cable for the HD 800 audiophile-grade headphones. It is 11.5' (3.5 meters) long, with two proprietary ODU connectors on one end (headphone) and a single XLR-4 connector on the other end (amplifier). The cable is very flexible, and has an elegant fabric covering to minimize friction and distortion picked up through cable contact.

Matched: The CH 800 S is optimally matched to Sennheiser's HDVD 800 and HDVA 600 headphone amplifiers. These headphone amps have XLR-4 output jacks to accommodate this cable.

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Q & A

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1 question already asked

Hi Seung K, Thanks for your question. Sorry, I don't have a very good answer. I bought the CH800S balanced cable at the same time as the HD800 headphones. I have only used the HD800 with the balanced cable, never with the single-ended cable. Note that the CH800S is the same cable construction as the Sennheiser SE cable, only with an XLR termination. However, IMO all headphones will sound better in balanced mode vs. single-ended due to how the gound is handled by the amp. Hope this helps, [ Richard  Jan 29, 2015 ]
Separation is noticeably apparent and a bit cleaner since you are not using a common wire for both left and right channels. [ Fred  Jan 29, 2015 ]
It depends on how sensitive your ears are. For some, they claim they notice no improvement (these people also probably claim that there is no quality difference between MP3 and lossless codecs). For others, they claim they can notice an improvement. I personally fall into the second group: there is a small, but notable improvement. [ STEVEN T  Jan 29, 2015 ]

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