Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones

Model #HD800

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Connectors Gold-Plated 1/4" Stereo Plug
Maximum input power Not Specified by Manufacturer
Cable length 9.8' (3 m)
Impedance 300 Ohms
Sensitivity 102dB
Type Open-Back, Dynamic, Around-Ear
Frequency range 6Hz - 51kHz (-10dB)
14Hz - 44.1kHz (-3dB)
Weight 9.2 oz (260g)
Expert Reviews
25 September 2009

Uncompromising design standards have produced a truly outstanding product in Sennheiser

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    Exceptional Sound, High Quality Construction Extremely comfortable for long term use

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    Not easily portable, Ambient noise is easily audible No 1/8" adapter for use with portable audio devices

14 October 2009

Sennheiser's exquisite HD 800s sound more like listening to full-size speakers than any other headphones we've heard to date.

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    Top-notch engineering and build quality; highly accurate sound; super comfy over-the-ear design; detachable headphone cable.

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    Extremely expensive; not the best match for an iPod; no included adapter for 3.5mm minijacks.

Inner fidelity.34751928
17 February 2012

When I set up my lab, the only headphones I knew I had to buy were a pair of Sennheiser HD 800s--they are as close to perfect as a headphone gets. I think they are a must for any serious audio professional who has any work where open headphones could be used.

15 March 2010

Sennheiser's latest and greatest headphones are put to the test. The HD800s created quite a fuzz when released, not only were they one of the most expensive headphones launched last year, they were also the most anticipated ones.

Stuff mideast.34296002
5 April 2011

A very fine pair of headphones from Sennheiser, and worth an audition if you don’t get on with Grados

Mix online.32834353
1 February 2011

The HD 800s use a patent-applied-for ring-shaped diaphragm. Headphone reviews are tricky. As these products are worn by the user, they are more “personal” than other audio gear. It’s like reviewing a pair of shoes: The feel makes a big difference in customer satisfaction.

Itp net.34751958
12 June 2011

The Sennheiser HD 800 headphones are the best cans the Windows team has ever tested.

14 July 2009

Which brings us to a sticky question: Would I spend my money on a pair of $1400 headphones when I own the combo of AKG K701 and Cardas Fatpipe? Probably not—these are tough economic times, and editors aren't ringing my phone off the hook. I would if I could, but I can't. Should you ? That depends.

Machines that go bing.32833827
10 January 2009

They also look very comfortable with their doughnut shaped and has Teflon-insulated, luxurious fabric-coated earpads.

9 October 2009

They’re amazing…and VERY expensive.

User Reviews
17 January 2016

I'm using HD800 paired in balanced mode with Pono Player. It's probably not the best combination but worth of considering. Have to say that I can't go back to my long time favorite HD600, the difference between HD800 and latter is immense, not only in price.

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    wide soundstage, super clear highs, tight base, micro detailed sound

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    slight dirtiness in 6-8K frequencies on certain samled and electronic music

7 December 2014

I've always admired the Sennheiser brand products for their well-made construction and sound qualities. These headphones are no exception to the rule. The sound is amazing! I own a set of HD650s and HDR220s; the HD800s blow them out of the water. So what's the problem you ask.

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    Sound qualityWell-made construction

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8 January 2014

I'am a long time user of HD 650 and tried other brands in search of more transparent and neutral headphones (650 are a little muddy in bass for my taste). I had it in front of my nose for a long time but didn't try. Now I did.

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    Construction Details, Transparency Of Sound, Superb Bulild Quality, Music Presentation

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3 November 2015

All professional engineers will tell you "it's not about the gear, it's about the engineer." While I agree with that statement, I'm going to make an exception for this particular piece of equipment.

Headphone reviews.32823072
13 November 2015

The HD800 is currently at the top of the Sennheiser line, and by some commentators perhaps one of the best dynamic headphones ever. - On arrival, the HD800 comes in a black wooden box that is foam-padded with luxurious velvet. It also contains a full-color, richly detailed booklet.

Audio review.32818415
2 April 2015

The HD 800 are highly regarded cans. I have listened to mine for hours and hours and never fatigue. They give me everything my speakers do. BUT, they are 300 imp, so be SURE to have a decent source. If you don't you will miss the bass and life of the headphones.

Abt electronics.32817785
21 September 2009

Spectacular sound and staging, as you'd expect for the price I guess, but they do sound amazing, especially when driven by a good headphone amp, I'm using the Ray Samuels MR-2. SACDs are great, but even regular Red Book CDs are brought to life.

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    Comfortable, Durable, Good Bass, Great Sound, Stylish

Earphone solutions.34298420
21 April 2010

Well before we get into the review I would like to introduce my setup. I used the HD800 with a Woo Audio 6 and with a Creek OBH-11 amp. The sourse was a Bel Canto DAC 2 coupled to a Sony Es changer. Cables used were transparent audios interlink series. The HD800 were tested with the stock cables.

Eham net.32823009
21 July 2009

First off I couldn't afford them, but I do have a friend that has a production studio and I get to try out some of the new professional audio products that come out and these cans are unreal.

Richer sounds.34193790
15 December 2016

So I am a musician with a good ear for detail in music. I wanted a pair of reference headphones that was as neutral as possible. I tested grado's (excellent driver but nowhere near as comfy as the HD800), the HD800S (too boomy in the lows for my ears), the AKG812 pro's (almost as good as the HD800's...

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    most comfortable headphones going, real reference headphones with excellent imaging, one of the best soundstages i tried and tested, seriously well built

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    the price tag! but worth it :), wouldhave liked the xlr cable to have been include

Product Highlights
  • Open-Back Design
  • Dynamic Transducers
  • Around-Ear Cushions
  • Cushioned Metal Headband
  • Impedance-Matching Cable
  • Standard 1/4" Plug
  • Hand-Assembled in Germany
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In The Box
  • Sennheiser HD 800 Dynamic Open-Back Stereo Headphones
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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