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Sennheiser HD 800 (Factory Refurbished)

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Our take on the Sennheiser HD 800 (Factory Refurbished)

by Dave Bar
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Factory-refurbished and repacked with care

If you've been eying Sennheiser's ultra-high-end HD 800 headphones, but you've been waiting to take the plunge, this factory-refurbished model may just hit the sweet spot. Sennheiser's so confident you'll enjoy these superb headphones just as much as a brand new pair, they're including their full two-year warranty.

Close your eyes and let the music transport you

When you slip on Sennheiser's HD 800s, you'll hear intensely realistic, natural sound — so real, in fact, that it's as if you're hearing your music straight from the source. That's because the HD 800s use Sennheiser's careful driver technology, along with premium materials and exceptional build quality, to reproduce sound as faithfully and accurately as possible. You'll hear deep bass, rich midrange, sparkling highs, and more detail in your music than ever before.

HD 800

Innovative design for high-definition sound

The HD 800s feature a specially designed ring radiator driver to re-create the clearest sound possible, while eliminating distorting resonances. They'll reveal the subtle details in your favorite recordings, from the sound of a mallet hitting the membrane of a bass drum to the quick breath of a singer before a solo. The open backs of the earcups prevent unwanted vibrations from the coverings from tainting the sound.

Audiophiles take note: the drivers are uniquely positioned to send sound waves to your ears at a 45° angle. Since sound rarely ever takes a straight path to reach our ears, the slight angle helps create a spatial effect for a more natural listening experience. So, unlike ordinary headphones that box the music inside your head, the HD 800s present every instrument as if you're sitting in the audience at a live concert.

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An exploded view of the specially designed drivers.

Sound waves

The drivers are uniquely positioned to send
sound sound waves to your ears at a 45° angle.


Quality materials

Each headband is stamped with a unique serial number for your pair of HD 800s.

Quality materials, impeccable craftsmanship

Each pair of HD 800s is assembled by hand at Sennheiser's headquarters in Germany using only the finest materials. The drivers are encased in stainless steel, and the plush earpads are made of high-quality microfiber fabric. The headband uses layers of metal and plastic for added durability, and to help damp vibration. The cable's high-quality, oxygen-free copper center conductor is specially tuned and shielded to faithfully deliver the audio signal from your equipment to the headphones.

From the review Sennheiser HD 800 headphones: in a class of their own

"What I actually experienced was the most detailed and spacious sound I had ever heard from my music. I heard a wider soundstage than normal, but it was still a continuous sound from left to right. I found [the] level of detail in the sound exciting, as it's precisely what I would have heard in a live performance. It gave the recording real presence."


— Ralph, Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • open, around-the-ear earcups
  • assembled by hand at Sennheiser's headquarters in Germany
  • high-definition 56mm ring radiator drivers with 40mm coil and 42mm magnets
  • drivers direct sound waves to the ear at a 45° angle for a more natural listening experience
  • earcups padded with soft, durable Alcantara®
  • metal headband with layers of plastic to dampen vibrations
  • open-backed earcups for reduced vibration
  • 9-foot shielded cable with four-wire, silver-plated oxygen-free copper (OFC) center conductor
  • Teflon insulated, gold-plated 1/4" stereo plug
  • frequency response: 14-44,100 Hz (-3 dB)
  • total harmonic distortion: less than .02% at 1Khz/1Vrms
  • impedance: 300 ohms
  • weight: 9.2 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Open
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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14-44k Hz
Sensitivity
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102 dB
Impedance
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300 Ohms
Weight
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9.2 ounces
Cord Length
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108"
Airline Adapter Included
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iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Refurbished Over-the-ear headphones with attached 9' cable terminated by a male 1/4" connector

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Features

Overview: The Sennheiser HD 800 audiophile headphones incorporate Sennheiser's most advanced driver technology. These open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones provide a realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance.

Dynamic Transducer Design: The Sennheiser HD 800 features a new innovative dynamic transducer design. The transducer is encased by a precision material made of stainless steel.

Hand-Crafted Ear-Pads: The ear pads are handcrafted from a high-quality microfiber fabric. This material is extremely comfortable to wear and easy to maintain.

Metal Headband: The metal headband with inner damping element was developed from the aerospace industry.

Special High Precision Cable and Connector: The Sennheiser HD 800 features a specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance The headphones also utilize specially-designed, four-wire, high-performance connections with Teflon insulation.

 

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Review: Sennheiser HD 800 headphones

Review: Sennheiser HD 800 headphones

by Ralph Graves
10/29/2010
 
Review: Sennheiser HD 800 headphones

When I received a pair of Sennheiser HD 800 headphones to try out, I knew right from the outset this would be a different kind of listening experience. How many other headphones come packaged...

 
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Service and Product!

Written By AlvinS, Orangeburg, SC on Monday, July 21, 2014
 
The Sennheiser HD 800 (Factory Refurbished) headphones that I purchased and received looked brand new. I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw the like new condition of the headphone. Processing and shipping was very fast. The Sennheiser HD 800 (Factory Refurbished) are simply the "best headphones in the world." Crutchfield has the best price on the Sennheiser HD 800 (Factory Refurbished). An audiophile must buy!
Pros:
Soundstage, depth, clarity, separation, openness, and realism.
Cons:
Can't identify any at this time.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 800 (Factory Refurbished)

Written By NSB, New York on Saturday, July 05, 2014
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None better to my knowledge. Rocky, the saleman, really knows his stuff. Ask for him by name.
Cons:
Other people can hear them on your head
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD800

Written By Anonymous, Long Beach, CA on Friday, June 13, 2014
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I seldom write reviews for any product I purchase but these headphones are worth the price. Great sound quality and dynamics. Build quality is good. I have A number of headphones at home and these are my go to cans.
Pros:
Sound and comfort
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 800

Written By Allen R, Syracuse, N Y on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Full and complete sound quality. Hard to imagine anything better.
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4 out of 5

Sennheiser hd800 refurbished

Written By Sennheiser HD800 refurbished, Houston on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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Sennheiser HD800
Pros:
Very comfortable , good sound, fantastic sound stage
Cons:
Slightly dry treble. Will do the Analise modification to dampen 8khz resonance inside the ear cup.
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5 out of 5

Refurbished Sennheiser HD800

Written By RUMay408, Tennessee on Monday, October 28, 2013
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Sound quality and build quality are first rate and as a refurb they look brand new. Also included were the box and manual . No regrets with this purchase, compared to a Beyerdynamic T1 the HD800 has better imaging, soundstage and discrete imaging. The bass and comfort are not at the level of the Tesla T1. These HP's sound better with proper amp and Dac I am using a Meier Classic Corda Amp/Daccord combo. Even with a portable ALO Audio MKll they sound impactful. David Mahler of Head-Fi has these HP's at #6 on the top 58 flagship headphones, so yes these are that good. The top 5 on the list are significantly more expensive. One of the better looking high end headphones.
Pros:
Excellent HP in the upper most tier of top headphones. The best headphone I have ever heard with acoustic and classic music.
Cons:
The headphones are not closed, so expect leakage if in a crowd.
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4 out of 5

Mine came with some minor scratches :(

Written By RonaldZ, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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I would rate this HP 5 star purely based on the sound quality. Coming from HD650, sound quality is noticeably better but highs are a bit too harsh for my taste. Build quality wise, mine came with some minor scratches upon arrival. They are refurbished, can't complain. My wasn't "as new" as others have reported. I guess that's my luck. I have no intention sell them anyway so scratch or no scratch doesn't really matter to me.
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5 out of 5

HD800 Refurb

Written By SL, RPV, CA on Saturday, October 05, 2013
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This is my first set of headphones over $1,000 nor have I heard everything in this price range, so take it with a grain of salt. I bought the refurbished version and it is indistinguishable from new. Very pleased with the build quality, appearance and comfort. Using mainly 96k/24b FLAC files, these are easily the best sounding headphones I have ever heard. The sound is 3D and extremely detailed. There does appear to be a slight touch of harshness on some recordings in the mid-treble. There is a reversible DIY mod on-line that I tried and it did seem to smooth that area out. It does seem to be a little finicky with different amps. I don't think they ever sound bad but they sound amazing with the right amp. Very pleased and impressed.
Pros:
Sound quality - Sound stage/detail/transients, Build quality, Refurbished version looks like new, Comfort, Crutchfield's incredible customer service
Cons:
You'll probably spend more on support equipment than you originally intended.
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4 out of 5

The Most Sensational of many High-End Phones

Written By outthere, Idaho on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
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These cans have the widest, deepest, most three-dimensional soundstage I have ever experienced. No other headphones I have heard come close. Among the high-end 'phones I evaluated, the one other rare (though not unique--HD-500s also produce this effect) characteristic is the ability to render the slightest nuance in vocals--it is as though the performer is in the room. The effect is uncanny. Thrilling is not an exaggeration!

I compared Audeze 2s, Grado GS-1000s, and HiFiMan HD-500 headphones. I listened to jazz, blues, classical, solo piano, and rock CDs & SACDs. Since listening to rock satisfyingly loud is mostly why I want headphones, I prioritized that listening.

Detail resolution is excellent in all these headphones. Snare drums, for example, take on a dimension I could never have imagined. The only reason the Sennheisers do not rate a 5 from me is they do not resolve bass with the solidness of the Grados, though highs are smoother and midrange amplitude it as it should be.

A minor nit for me is styling like a reject from Star Wars--although all you see while listening is the high-quality braided cord cover--a touch of retro. The Sennheisers are also light (slightly heavier than the Grados but more comfortable).
Pros:
Sound stage. Detail resolution. Accuracy (be prepared to hear things in familiar recordings you never knew were there). An immersive, thrilling experience.
Cons:
A little short on bass reach (note: seems to be improving with use). Styling. Depending on the mix, sometimes mid-range can be less than satisfying.
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5 out of 5

Refurbished Sennheiser HD800

Written By Troy, Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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Great headphones, one of the best out there. I did a search through all internet sites and found that Crutchfield sells these, a bit surprise. These were refurbished but they looked brand new to me; the only thing 'not new' was that the opening flap on the box was missing a tongue. So get these guys, at a discount for a blemish on a box! With a genuine two-year Sennheiser warranty, can't go wrong with this deal .
Pros:
Price: high (as cons) but good deal with this refurbished discount. Super comfortable. I have the Denon Dx000 series 'phones and the comfort ability level is similar.
Cons:
Do realize that these are open-air so little to no sound isolation in or out. Require delicate setup to sound good (these require a separate headphone amplifier). I power mine with a WA6SE amp which is not cheap. Be prepared to hurt your wallet, but will worth the effort!
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD800

Written By George, Soldotna Alaska on Thursday, October 11, 2012
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These sound amazing! If you have the money buy them, you won't be disappointed. Go for the refurbished I couldn't tell them new.
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5 out of 5

Very good solution.

Written By Lorin, Corona CA on Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Very nice. A bit difficult to enjoy with any type of noise in the area. They seem to amplify ambient noise, which might be typical for headphones of this type, but I'm not sure. The noise is not a problem with contemporary music, but with classical it can be a challenge. You can turn up the volume, but that compromises the experience and isn't necessarily a smart solution. I am new to headphones as a regular listening source and IMHO headphones just have short comings. That said, these can sound quite stunning on some materials and excellent on most. To the point they can really allow you to be drawn in. Much like a tube amp will do. I have been listening to these daily for about 3 weeks or more. I use mine with a Schiit Valhalla amp and Schiit Bifrost DAC. Source is a McIntosh Labs MS300 and all material is in FLAC with an optical output. Take advantage of the refurbished if available. Hard to tell they weren't new. In the end, they are an excellent alternative to my primary listening environment. Crutchfield's 60 day policy was really key to my ability to make a comfortable purchase.
Pros:
Comfortable, very revealing, no coloration.
Cons:
Ambient noise seems amplified at low listening levels.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser Hd-800

Written By Vern, Laguna Niguel on Tuesday, February 07, 2012
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These are a great set of headphones. I have these coupled to a Schitt Bifrost and Lyr DAC and amp running my Zune HD 32gb from the AV dock (optical out)sometimes from my Sony Vaio with S/PDIF out on both. I couldn't be happier with the sound. Crutchfield delivered fast and item was well protected.
Pros:
Very friendly service and great headphones in near pristine condition.
Cons:
None
3 out of 6 people found this helpful
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