If you’re a life-long audiophile, then you’d probably agree that having a great set of headphones is incredibly important.
AND you’re likely willing to pay the price for it — as long as they live up to your expectations.
What if I told you, there was a pair of headphones that could bring you into the recording studio, breaking down that barrier of microphone and headset?
Well, today I want to share with you the remarkable and beautifully designed, Sennheiser HD 800 S open-back design headphones.
With 70 years of experience in the professional sound industry, Sennheiser rarely puts out a less than great product. You can feel they’re motto (“The Pursuit of Perfect Sound”) shine through in their products.
Let’s dive right in…
A Detailed and Dynamic Design
Learning from their great success on the previous version, the HD 800, Sennheiser implemented some of the same great design and ergonomic engineering into the HD 800 S modes.
Here’s the break down.
Hand-Crafted in Germany
Germany is somewhat known for their experience in the world of technological advancement — especially in the audio industry. Using a combination of hand-crafted processes and some of the best production technology, Sennheiser consistently outputs a quality product.
Will get into more details further down, but as a quick overview, the HD 800 S headphones are constructed of high-class matte black parts, one of the biggest transducer in the industry, hand crafted ear pads, a metal headband and high precision headphone connectors.
Ergonomically Designed for Comfort
When it came to designing the HD 800 S, they not only considered the quality of sound, but took great pains to ensure that you, the user would have a comfortable experience.
In fact, there are THREE features that contribute to your listening comfort:
Perfectly Shaped Ear Cups
The ear cups are designed out of a special material called Leona, which is a very light, non-resonant material. This material not only enhances the sound, but is also very strong while providing a comfortable listening experience.
Vibration Free Headband
Sennheiser once again get’s bonus points for it’s durable designs, something they are known for. The HD 800 S is made with a metalband and surrounded by resonance dampening polymers giving it’s unique vibration free benefit. Vibrations are not something you want distracting you.
Extreme Comfort Cushions
To top it all off, these open-back headphones are made with some extremely comfortable microfiber ear cushions ensuring that you enjoy hours of annoyance free listening time.
Behind the HD 800 S Sound Quality
I’d like to take a moment and see what’s behind the great sounds quality of the HD 800 S models.
Like many manufacturers, Sennheiser has implemented some proprietary technology into many of their products — the HD 800 S did not get left out.
the patented Ring Radiator Transducer
In fact, this 56 millimeter diameter drive is one of the largest drivers to EVER be used in a pair of dynamic headphones. In most traditional drivers, you’ll only find that the transducer makes the use of only one contact point. This helps bring down potential distortion by keeping the oscillating surface in check.
But, with the 800 HD S, the engineering team have actually implemented TWO contact points on either side of the ring. A 42 mm magnet structure actually drives the 40 mm aluminum voice coil.
All of these features combined, gives the 800 HD S a remarkable performance. The transducer is also surrounded by stainless steal adding to the quality and durability.
An Open-Back Architectural Design
If you’re looking for a noise isolating experience, then the 800 HD S are likely not going to be your first choice. Because of their open-back design, they do let exterior and environmental sounds in.
But, as you may already know, the disadvantage of open-back in those areas, shines bright in other areas.
With the open back design you allows you to experience superb sound clarity, high resolution and a satisfying dynamic experience.
Combine this with the specially angled transducers and Sennheiser’s patented absorber technology (which was first implemented in the previous version) and you get a unique sound that provides a wide and open listening experience while keeping those hi and low frequency ranges in check — giving a balanced, yet exceptional sound.
Pro-Tip: The Patented Absorber technology is actually pretty cool and work on the knowledge that most of us can’t distinguish hi and low frequencies at the same time. By absorbing the energy of resonance and eliminating the “masking effect,” the human ear is now able to distinguish more detail.
In a word?
These Sennheiser 800 HS S achieves a studio quality sound that is simply natural, clear and true.
When you order the 800 HD S, you’ll find a balanced cable included. They are also removable from the head set, making storing and replacement much easier. In fact, one of the great features of this cable system is that they provide such high connectivity options. Now with two connection leads (the 6.3mm connected and a 4 pin XLR), you’ll be able to use a headphone amplifier to get even better audio.
A Protective Case?
From what I’ve seen, there doesn’t seem to be any protective case. There are two ways to look at this.
These are considered an in-studio audio headset and therefore will stay next to you computer or other audio equipment. And considering the open back feature, this is a fair argument.
However, considering the price point of these headphones, it would be nice to have something to keep them in — even if it’s just for moving or storing.
Pros & Cons
High-end Engineering and High quality build
Superb Sound Stage
Improvement over the HD 800 Version
Some consider the price too high for the value
Bass is good, but not great if you’re super picky about your bass audio
In wrapping this up…YES, these are a bit expensive. But as one user implied: Many people spend this much money on a computer that is outdated within a few years — but having a good pair of headphones like the 800 HD S is well worth it.
The Sennheiser 800 HD S proves to provide a very clear and open sound and really have the potential to bring the detail of that bass guitar or the high clear notes of that harp right into the room.
If you’re serious about music (AKA, you’re an audiophile…then these are a great investment.)