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Sennheiser HD 800

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Overview

Our take on the Sennheiser HD 800

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.

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 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, Graves, Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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

aer, Guaynabo, PR

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What's in the Box:

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

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
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Features and Specs

General
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

Product Research

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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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.

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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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