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When you slip on Sennheiser's HD 800s, you'll hear intensely realistic, natural sound — so real, in fact,...

When you slip on Sennheiser's HD 800s, you'll hear intensely realistic, natural sound — so real, in fact,...

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About the Sennheiser HD 800

Hear your music like never before

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 new 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.
Sennheiser HD 800

Hear your music like never before

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 new 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.

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.

Exploded headphone view

An exploded view of the specially designed drivers.

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.

Sound waves

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

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 our hands-on review

"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, Graves, Blog Editor and A/V Writer


Product highlights:

  • open, over-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
  • MFR # 500319

What's in the box:

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

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Sennheiser HD 800

Bing from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 7/25/2017

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This headphone is will bring live concert to you. But it needs a decent DAC and amplifier. I paired with DAC-19 from Audio-GA and Sennheiser HDVA 600 and played FLAC from computer that connected to the DAC via USB. Amazing sound. I can listen to more than two hours without feeling discomfort because the ear pieces are big and headband feel comfortable. Initially I was not used to the headband because my other headphones have different one that the HD800 and are usually smaller. I bought factory refurbished and it looked like a new when I received it.

Pros: Big and amazing sound, spacious stage, comfortable.

Cons: None.

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Nice sound

MarkB from NJ on 3/2/2016

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I also own a pair of HD 590's. The 800's are more efficient and have a brighter sound. The 800's are a little heavier on the head. I was surprised to see they are coming out with an HD800 "S" model. It looks like it's probably just a cost reduced version of the 800. The "S" includes a balanced cable along with the old unbalanced cable. I expect that's where most of the price increase comes from. I think I prefer the silver/black of the 800 over the all black "800 S" model. I have them plugged into a Sennheiser HDVD800 headphone amp. That gets it input from an old Ayre D1X-e DVD/CD player. One feature that would be nice on Sennheisers would be the ability to lock the headband adjustment. Once I get it adjusted to fit, I want it to stay where I set it. Noise reduction doesn't apply. Coolness factor is for kids. Kids will not be buying this headphone. If you want coolness, buy Beats. I bought these for the sound quality.



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I love Sennheiser but...

Fred from Vermont on 4/23/2015

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I've always admired the Sennheiser brand products for their well-made construction and sound qualities. These headphones are no exception to the rule. The sound is amazing! I own a set of HD650s and HDR220s; the HD800s blow them out of the water. So what's the problem you ask. It's the fit; one has to remain PERFECTLY still to enjoy the music...they slide back and forth no matter how you try to adjust them! Back to the drawing board Sennheiser...these don't quite make the mark.

Pros: Sound quality Well-made construction

Cons: Cost Comfort Fit

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Exceptional Head Phones

RCBinTN from Tennessee on 12/7/2014

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I disagree with some other reviews posted here that these HP's are overpriced. I think they are priced correctly for what they are. IMO, they are the best sounding open transducer cans in production today. The sound quality is close to electrostatics, for which you'll pay 2x-3x and that's before the amp. The sound signature is not warm, it's reference. The sound from your source/rig is the sound transmitted to your ears. Must pair with an amp capable of driving 300-ohm HP's, not an option. When correctly amped, you will enjoy an amazing sound stage, excellent clarity of voices and instruments, net a great listening experience. If you prefer a warmer sound, explore the orthodynamics, of which Crutchfield carries a nice inventory. If you want the most clear, reference sound around, at this price, then go with the Sennheiser HD800. You will not be disappointed.

Pros: Instrument and voice clarity, voice imaging, amazing soundstage, great midrange and mid-bass, reference treble, decent bass, good build quality, big ear cups and comfortable head band, OK cable

Cons: Requires a quiet HP amp (you will hear the hum, if it's there), maybe too bright for some music, wide sound stage makes some music sound exceptional (e.g. classical and jazz) but may not pair as well with other genres, reference sound is not warm and may not appeal to all listeners

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hd 800

rory lee from rory lee on 8/25/2014

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I have had dozens of headphones love em . I had the 700s and talked myself into believing they were as good as the 800s. Then I found the hd800 on sale and went for it....OMG no comparison I am amazed at these cans . They sound incredible at low volumes They rock out when you crank them up . If you just listened to 1 of your fav songs a day for 4 years they would totally be worth it

Pros: They sound incredible

Cons: expensive

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muy extridente

aer from Guaynabo, PR on 8/17/2014

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necesita un buen headphone amp para sacarle sus cualidades. To get the best sound from these headphones, you´ll need a good headphone amplifier.



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Some very serious soundages from this crown of a headphone

gr from NYC on 7/15/2014

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I'm new to this niche market. I spoke to 3 advisers in the past month since my purchase. Each was impartial, objective, patient, knowledgeable and ultimately correct . I ended up purchasing the AK100 and the SennHD650, SennHD800 & Grado GS100i- I chose to keep just the 800's. Superior in sound, although the Grados I felt were much more comfortable (& gorgeous) , they only lacked somewhat in tone when compared to the Senn 800's. The sound on the 800's is full, robust, and hits your ear from all angles. It seems to have stimulated new nerve paths in my ear to my brain that had never been used before. It is as if you're sitting in an intimate amphitheatre with sounds hitting your ears from a 180 degree dome surrounding your ear. A truly enjoyable experience. Songs that I have been listening to for many years came to life in a new sense. I was able to discern so many instruments simultaneously that I previously hadn't heard or noticed before. At times, I feel like the producer in the studio listening to a group laying down the tracks.

Pros: My enjoyment for listening to music has just become exponentially more enjoyable. Unmatched in customer service and folks who offer excellent opinions in earnest. Quick shipping, easy to return items. Just a well run outfit it seems from all corners

Cons: Slightly heavier than the Grados, & Senn does not offer a short cable if you want to take these poratble, you must go to a custom shop for that.

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Smooth and Neutral

amham from New Jersey (what exit?) on 5/3/2014

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State of the art headphones with a smooth and neutral sound character. If you are a "basehead" these phones are not for you. However, if you desire a natural and uncolored presentation with a holographic sound stage this is THE headphone. A bit too much plastic for me but otherwise well built and sturdy. Very comfortable for long listening sessions. Highly recommended.

Pros: Neutral sound character with W-I-D-E soundstage

Cons: Somewhat laid-back bass character but natural in character.

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Best Cans I've Ever Owned

ejr1953 from Mount Airy, MD on 1/6/2014

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After doing a major audio electronics upgrade, auditioned a number of "over the ear" headphones and picked up the HD800s. Besides having superb detail, great bass (better than any other headphone I've auditioned), excellent stereo imagery, crisp highs and great "attack", these cans are easy to drive and just don't "run out of gas", even at high volumes. I was somewhat concerned about spending that much for headphones, but after listening to the lower-priced models, decided they were well worth the extra money. I'm really happy with my HD800s. I suspect you would be too!

Pros: Superb sound quality, easy to drive, very comfortable.

Cons: Costly.

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Best Sound I've Heard in Headphones

Paul L. from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. on 2/2/2013

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I auditioned these cans compared to the highly reviewed NAD headphones. Both sounded great however the Sennheiser was in another league. I use these at night when my wife is asleep and never feel cheated in sound quality over my PSB speakers. After listening to a number of high end cans these are clearly the best. I wrestled with the price for some time. I mean this much for headphones!!! But honestly the sound quality is really important to me and these puppies deliver in spades. I listen to vinyl, DVD Audio, SCAD and other high resolution audio and these were essential. They are also amazing for movies and TV. I look forward to late night listening/viewing with these headphones where before I had to keep the volume down now I crank it up and sacfifice nothing in fidelity. They are also the most comfotable headphones I have worn. Be advised they are not noise cancelling nor are they personal headphones so those people in the room with you will hear them at a very low volume.

Pros: Outstanding Sound,

Cons: None

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HD800 vs HD600 w/ modified cable

Dave W. from Excelsior, MN on 6/2/2012

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Comparing stock HD800 vs an HD600 w/ Stefan AudioArt E-Series cable. While HD800 is obviously very, very good in sound quality, so far I'm not finding the extra >$1k worth it. My Little Dot MK VIII SE has a little problem driving, volume must almost be max'ed. The HD800 is perhaps a bit clinical ... I've had no goosebump moments as yet. The HD600 w/ modified cable is indeed a worthy competitor. With my gear, the extra price is perhaps not justified.

Pros: Soundwise, very accurate SQ across the spectrum. Comfort-wise, I find them comfortable, even for extended sessions.

Cons: Bass is a little less than my modified HD600's, but better defined. Top end is maybe ever so slightly hot, but could just be source.

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Elephant's cans

Jetvart from New York on 2/26/2012

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Like other reviewers here, I have no means to compare them with other headphones in their price range and like others, I also found them to sound better then Sennheiser HD 650. Unfortunately, not everything is better. The cans are huge and heavy, they feel more like helmet, then headphones. They are not secure on my head, if I bend over they slide little before my ears would stop them from falling down. I have to keep my head upright and the headband on top of my head. Definitely not the cans for head-bangers. The adjustment is so loose, I need to readjust them every time I put them on. And the cable kink. For those who wear glasses: If you try to take the HD 800 down by one hand, you glasses will go too:) I'll give the sound 5 stars and comfort of use 2. And there is the price. I have no idea, if the price was influenced by the many makers of replacement cable for HD 650 and obvious willingness of consumers to pay more. If was a manufacturer and I see people pay for cable to my headphones the same price, as they paid for the headphones including the original cable, I would probably see my product as under priced and for the next one, rise the price considerably.

Pros: sound

Cons: price, unsecure, cable kink, size and weight

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Sennheiser HD 800

Howard from Ijamsville, Md on 11/3/2011

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I thought they had a very even balance with the bass reproduced at believable levels and the highs, such as hi-hat cymbals, etc. almost believable, but not quite. Staging is about the same as the 600 series. These won't replace a really great speaker for reproduction. While I think they sound better than any $1400 speakers I've heard, I think from a materials stand, they should be less. For anyone wondering whether they are appreciably better than the HD-650, the answer is yes. Whether they are worth approx $900 more is up to the individual. Also, as mentioned by Edward in Bridgewater, they are not private. You wouldn't want to use them on an airplane or anywhere that you wouldn't want to disturb those around you.

Pros: Sound Comfort

Cons: Very minor point, but they could have come with a mini adapter. They can barely be driven to proper levels with an iPod or similar device, but it still would have been nice. Sennheiser does supply one with their 600 series.

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Great sound, but not very private.

Edward from Bridgewater, NJ on 9/23/2009

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I purchased these the day they were available from Crutchfield to replace my aging headset. If you are looking for a wonderfully light, full sounding, comfortable, price is no option headset look no further. The bass knows no limits and the trebles are clear and defined. I powered mine off of a Denon PAC pre-amplifier and was impressed that the headphones needed no tonal correction whatsoever. The one drawback that mattered to me most was the level of residual sound that the headset puts off. My wife complained that even at 2 rooms away she could still hear my headphones and was keeping her awake, oh-oh. Playing them through my stereo while watching TV provoked some stern looks as the headphone noise was competing with the television speaker, bummer. So, after living with them and enjoying the quality, I had come to the realization these are not a good choice if privacy is wanted. Anyone in the same room will hear the headphones so if that is an issue I recommend passing on these.



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More details on the Sennheiser HD 800

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Features & specs

Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 14-44k Hz
Sensitivity 102 dB
Impedance 300 Ohms
Weight 9.2 ounces
Cord Length 108"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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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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reputation as best headphones [ William  Mar 07, 2016 ]
heard it was the best headphones [ Chuen-Po  Feb 12, 2016 ]
The best open headphones money can buy if you want something neutral/true to source! Feed it with a quality dedicated headphone amp. The jack on your $5k pre-amp isn't going to do them justice. I suggest a Burson Soloist, SimAudio 430HA, etc... Something solid state with a neutral balance. If you want warm sound, go with Grado's. If you want bright sound, go with Audeze planners. For true to source... You won't be disappointed with HD800's [ JAIMESON M  Dec 27, 2015 ]

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