The striking industrial design combines form and function seamlessly, the layered metal and plastic headband construction attenuating vibrations to the earcups while the handmade microfiber earpads offer exceptional comfort for even long periods of listening enjoyment.

Crafted for perfection, the HD 800 and the HD 800 S are precision-built in Germany from only the finest materials and components. The transducer is encased by stainless steel, while the headband and headphone mounting utilises the most advanced materials developed in the aerospace industry for high strength with minimal weight.

Absorber technology of the HD 800 S

The enhanced sound reproduction of the HD 800 S is achieved through the addition of the innovative absorber technology that was pioneered in the Sennheiser IE 800 – a breakthrough that preserved the audibility of very high frequency sounds by eliminating a phenomenon known as the “masking effect”, where the human ear struggles to hear frequencies of sound when lower frequencies of a higher volume occur at the same time. By absorbing the energy of the resonance, Sennheiser’s patented absorber technology prevents any unwanted peaks and allows all frequency components – even the finest nuances – in the music material to become audible. This innovation was a key element in making the IE 800 the world’s best sounding in ear headphone, and in the HD 800 S it helps to bring even greater purity and precision.

Such enhancements build on the formidable achievements of the classic, with the 56mm sound transducer – the largest ever used in dynamic headphones. The unique ear cup design directs sound waves to the ear at a slight angle to create an impressively natural and spatial listening experience.

While much appears the same, the enhanced performance within is revealed by a distinctive new look, with the silver finish of the 2009 classic HD 800 making way for high-class matt black for the HD 800 S.

Features

  • Further optimised reference class in wired headphones
  • Open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones
  • Enhanced sound reproduction achieved through absorber technology
  • High-class matte black metal parts
  • Natural hearing experience – realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
  • Biggest transducers ever used in headphones including new innovative dynamic transducer design
  • Uncovered earcups for enhanced acoustics
  • Handcrafted ear pads, made of high-quality microfiber fabric
  • Metal headband with an inner damping element
  • Specially tuned balanced, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
  • Special high precision headphone connectors
  • 2 year warranty
  • Cable with 6.35 mm jack plug
  • Cable with balanced 4.4 mm jack plug
  • Optional accessory: cable with balanced XLR-4 connector

What’s in the box?

  • HD 800 S
  • Cable with 6.35 mm jack plug
  • Cable with balanced 4.4 mm jack plug
  • Microfibre cleaning cloth
  • Manual
  • USB flash drive

About Sennheiser Headphones

One of the world’s foremost headphone brands, Sennheiser traces its heralded roots back to 1945, when engineers from the University of Hannover formed a laboratory to develop new microphone and headphone technologies. In 1968, Sennheiser released the world’s first open-back headphones, the HD414. Setting new standards for sound quality and ergonomic fit, Sennheiser went on to sell over ten million HD414!

Today, Sennheiser continues their tradition of pushing the envelope of headphone driver and ergonomic design, putting out models like the stunning HD800S and HD820, with their unique ring-radiator drivers.  And of course, who could forget Sennheiser’s ventures into electrostatic headphones, with both the original 90’s-era Orpheus system, and it’s newer cousin, both of which produce effortless sound with lifelike warmth.

Our Take

This combination makes for a powerful desktop-sized audio system capable of wireless music streaming, or connecting with a computer via USB or ethernet, as well as hosting an external hard drive or vinyl system! The possibilities are endless, and the sound is signature Mytek, neutral and transparent.