Sennheiser - HD800 Headphones - Reference




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 "...I stick the Sennheiser HD800 at the top of the list. It may very well be the best headphone I've ever heard...if you're the type of audiophile who's not content with less than the best, and you have the liquidity, you need to hear the HD800s and, probably, own them." - Wes Phillips, Stereophile, July 2009

More than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied into the new HD 800. Incorporating Sennheiser’s most advanced driver technology, these open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones redefine what reference-level audio is all about. You will form an altogether new height of sonic perspective as you experience a high-fidelity natural hearing experience. Do take note that presently, no other manufacturer has been able to come up as close as the HD 800 in replicating the basic acoustic conditions of natural hearing.

Matching these headphones' reference-grade audio performance is their striking and visually effective industrial design. Premium parts have gone into their production - the transducer is encased by a precision material made of stainless steel; ear pads are made of special high-quality microfiber fabric; while the headband and headphone mounting utilizes the most advanced development from the aerospace industry. In terms of connectivity, these headphones utilize specially-designed, four-wire, high-performance connections with Teflon insulation.

Truly, the HD 800 are a glorious success and have become a pioneer in headphone development.


  • New reference class in wired headphones
  • Open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones
  • Natural hearing experience - realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
  • Biggest transducers ever used in headphones up to today - new innovative dynamic transducer design
  • Uncovered earcups for acoustic and stylistic reasons
  • Ear pads made of special high-quality Microfiber fabric
  • Metal headband with inner damping element
  • Specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
  • Special high precision headphone connectors
  • 2 year warranty

Transmission range: 6–51,000 Hz (-10 dB) / 14–44,100 Hz (-3 dB)
Transducer principle: open, dynamic (ring radiator)
Frequency response: 8–50,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 300 Ohms
Sound pressure level at 1 kHz: 102 dB SPL (1kHz, 1 Vrms )
Max. nominal long-term input power: 500 mW in acc. with EN 60-268-7
Harmonic distortion: 0.02% (1 kHz, 1 Vrms )
Contact pressure approx.: 3.4 N ± 0.3 N
Ear coupling: circum-aural
Weight : (without cable) 330 g
Jack plug: ¼" (6.3 mm) stereo
Connecting cable: Silver-plated, oxygen free (OFC), copper cable, symmetrical, Kevlar reinforced, 3 m
Operating temperature: - 10 °C to + 55 °C
Packaging dimensions: (W x H x D in mm) 273 x 348 x 149

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 1 person(s) rated this product.

Effortless, powerful, and supremely musical; one of the best!

posted on 06/01/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: R. Thompson
Something unique is going on here. There are many products that are ruthless when it comes to how they lay bare whatever is on a recording. Often this leads to the “garbage in, garbage out” conclusion, where we assume this must be the obvious reason that something sounds bad. Somehow the HD800 offers superb resolution, excellent and extended response, AND a wonderful sense of sweetness and “rightness”. Do bad recordings still sound bad? Yes, to a degree, but this is key to understanding how the HD800 distinguishes itself. By extracting more detail, poor recordings sound better than on most competing products. I believe the HD800 pulls out more detail and ambient artifacts, and that this makes most recordings more pleasing to listen to. It’s not because of any euphonic colorations or something the HD800 is adding to the music. There are NO speakers near this price point that can offer a more satisfying glimpse into recorded music. The HD800 sets a new metric for transducers under $10K.

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