Sennheiser Raises Reference Headphones to New Sonic Level with HD 800 S: Patented Absorber Technology Eliminates Masking, Yields Astonishing Purity, Precision, Balance
There's a new reference headphone in town, and the Sennheiser HD 800 S is out to take on the world. Joining the revered HD 800 – possibly the most well-received audiophile 'phone in music history – in the German company's prized HD lineup, the precision-built HD 800 S touts innovative absorber technology first pioneered in the IE 800 in-ear headphones. This patented, breakthrough advance preserves the audibility of top-end high frequencies by eliminating masking effects. By preventing unwanted peaks and allowing all frequencies – from the deepest lows to the most nuanced, delicate, and detailed highs – to become perceptible, HD 800 S features an inimitable combination of purity, precision, and balance that will change the way reference headphones are perceived. But that's just the beginning of a headphone whose visually captivating industrial design mirrors the caliber of its sound.
Made by master craftsmen in Germany, HD 800 S boasts a 56mm sound transducer – the largest ever included in dynamic headphones – encased by stainless steel. A customized ear cup design directs sound waves to your ear at a slight angle to produce incredibly natural, three-dimensional, and spatial sonic results that take you inside the recording. HD 800 S also features many of the most revered components and elements of the HD 800, and showcases an updated look with a high-grade matte black finish. Abetting the microfiber ear pads, lightweight albeit extremely strong materials developed for the aerospace industry comprise the headband and headphone mounting for ultimate comfort. Optimal high-precision connectivity options include two connection leads and a 6.3mm connector to optimize sound quality from sources to further the value and versatility of a 'phone that does everything brilliantly – and then some. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"Reviewer Alan Sircom says the HD 800 S 'adds more visibility, body, and humanity to strings and voices, making it less austere without making it any less analytical.'"
—The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
Contact pressure: ~ 3,4 N (± 0,3 N)
Ear coupling: Circumaural
Frequency response: 4 - 51,000 Hz (-10 dB)
Impedance: 300 Ω
Jack plug: 6.3mm
THD, total harmonic distortion: 0.02 % (1 kHz 1 Vrms)
Transducer principle: Dynamic Open
Wearing style: Headband
Weight w/o cable: 330 g
HD 800 S
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