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
"[If] sound quality is your main priority, then you should consider that you'd need to spend around 10 times as much on speakers to get anywhere near the Sennheisers' insight and resolution."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
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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