Sennheiser HD 800
Gives Listeners Exceptional Sound Quality With It’s Unique Design
It’s not often you see model changes in the upper end of the Sennheiser headphone line. However, that’s exactly what it happening. The company, which has released the HD600 and HD650, are now releasing the Sennheiser HD800, which a headphone step-up from the two previous headphone models and has retail price of roughly £1,240.
What Features Do The Sennheiser HD800′s Have?
- Weight (without cable): approx. 330 g
- Sound pressure level at 1 kHz: 102 dB (1 Vrms)
- Nominal impedance: 300 Ohms
- Frequency Response: 6?51,000 Hz (-10 dB); 14?44,100 Hz (-3 dB)
- Contact pressure: approx. 3.4 N ± 0.3 N
The Comfort Of The Sennheiser HD800
What is it that sets the Sennheiser HD800 apart from other headphones on the market? First off, you need to understand it’s not about the styling – large earcups are created to ensure drivers are further away and a bit more toward the front of the ears. The quality of the micro-fiber ear cushions, metalwork, etc. make wearing them quite comfortable… despite its 330grams of weight.
The round transducer on the Sennheiser HD 800 measures approximately 55mm across, which the company claims to be the largest modern headphone pair. Now, the vibrating piece of the diaphragm is not the circular interior but rather the outer ring. This design doesn’t allow for near as much distortion as traditional drivers.
The driver is located on a stainless-steel, specifically designed support and at an angle on the earcup. The idea is to mimic the way sound is heard from speakers. The support itself is affixed to a special kind of plastic frame that was chosen for the acoustic properties.
All drivers have been tested, measured and provided with a unique identifier. Thus, if you must replace one, the company says it can give you the exact match.
The Sennheiser HD 800 Bullet-Proof Cable
Each earcup has a three-meter, cloth covered Y-cable that has a Kevlar-reinforced, oxygen-free, silver-plated copper wiring. It’s a removable cable that has both patented and copyrighted connectors. The 6.3mm phono plug base is solid metal.
The Sennheiser HD 800 earphones are hand-crafted in Germany and come with an elegant storage case.
What Makes A Headphone So Good
Most people are under the mistaken impression that great headphones means having more bass, resolution, detail, etc. However, the best headphones are ones that give a finely-tuned sonic balance. This is why the Sennheiser HD 800 is so much better than the other headphones on the market. They make users feel like they’re right there with the music.
Unlike many other headphones being sold on the market and discontinued, the Sennheiser HD 800 sound more like high end speakers instead of headphones. When the music plays, the sound appears to be coming from the front instead of the sides.
Also, unlike many other headphones, the open quality of the Sennheiser HD 800 increases their sense of depth and space. Of course, the recording quality can have a negative impact on this “benefit” because it could sound too spacious and distant.
When it comes to a home theater, the open quality is a big plus, as the sound appears to be coming from the screen. The Sennheiser HD 800 can make you feel like you’re right where the sound is at. Over time, you won’t even realize you’re wearing headphones – whether you’re listening to music or watching movies.