Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX Headphones

Drop + Sennheiser HD 8XX Headphones

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The HD 8XX is based on the HD 800S; a flagship audiophile headphone produced by our partners at Sennheiser. Like the HD 800S, the HD 8XX is made in Germany at Sennheiser’s HQ factory Read More

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Will
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Chief Product Officer
Feb 18, 2021
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Hey Friends,  Announcing the DROP + Sennheiser HD 8XX.  This headphone is the result of hundreds of thousands of community posts and four years of collaboration between the teams at DROP and Sennheiser.  Analyzing discussions around the HD 800S, we saw clear mandates from the community around bass extension and midrange balance. The HD 8XX incorporates two novel changes to accommodate those mandates.  Where the HD 800S uses a single resonator in front of the driver, Sennheiser created a new resonator system for the HD 8XX, enabling bass extension down to 10hz (+5db @ 10hz vs 800 S) by changing the resonant properties of the housing. Sennheiser’s team, lead by Jermo Koehnke, reached the bass solution pretty quickly, but our goals for the midrange proved demanding... bordering impossible. After significant research, Sennheiser reached a solution; altered acoustic impedance in the transducer's dampening material to smooth the FR from 2.5k to 8k.  This means the transducer in the HD 8XX is unique, it’s a new ring driver. Launch pricing for the HD 8XX is $1100 and you’ll receive $200 worth of drop points (20,000 points) with purchase.  For future units, HD 8XX pricing will increase to $1200+. This is a pre-order, so you can cancel any time between now and shipping, and this product qualifies for Drop Studio 30 day satisfaction returns, so if you don’t like the sound in November, you can send it back for a full refund.  Note: Replies to this post are for product questions, not VAT and logistics.
Xunnobi
32
Mar 1, 2021
Thank you for the suggestion. It is my second option cause vPost is quite priceyyyy =/
danny87
81
Mar 1, 2021
Buyandship is quite cheap. Just that shipping takes quite long, but since it's gonna ship in November anyway, doesn't hurt to add a few more weeks for shipping.
Kevin
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Outreach
Feb 18, 2021
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Great to see all of the excitement going on for this. We've got a few people spamming troll images/posts and similar content. Aside from playing whack-a-mole banning accounts, we'll be deleting any obvious zero-content posts for the next little while.
postwarscars
754
Feb 24, 2021
I mean, I have no insight into what reviewers do or don't have. That said, I'd love to review products for Drop pre-release (hint hint?)! But, yeah, no clue.
kiwifocus40
18
Feb 24, 2021
your ears aren't good enough to hear a dip at 1.5k (not canyon, nice hyperbole) just buy them and enjoy them is the plan, man
Will
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Chief Product Officer
Feb 18, 2021
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slezenger
30
Feb 24, 2021
Yeah mate, I agree with you. I see the benefit of EQ. I do EQ myself (Sundara & HD650), and they respond (especially Sundara) brilliantly to it. I already explained where I was coming from when I made that comment. I see why you would EQ something and it just depends on how you use your headphones the most. If you have access to EQ at all times, and that is your preferential listening mode, then sure. But mine is not that, I like to EQ mine tiny bit when I am on my computer and still want to enjoy the the sound when I am on the move without missing out much because of not having access to an EQ, and the Sundara and HD650 give me that flexibility. So definitely a headphone that I only like when I EQ is not for me...thus the comment... Now to say "Your entire point is nothing but a meaningless mentality." is quite harsh.
Jeanlbb
52
Feb 25, 2021
I mean it is indeed a baseless mentality. Its driven by emotion, not logic. The logic is that EQ is important even for $1000+ headphones and if you want the best headphone experience it costs money and likely involves EQ. You're right that if you're not always at your computer setup its a problem, but imo one that can still fairly simply be worked around. Sundara is definitely example of a very good headphone, not overly expensive that responds great to EQ.
JTCPingas
84
Mar 7, 2021
Tbh, an HD 8XX with a red accent ring would be dope. Not a fan of the dark blue against black.
Kara007
2
Mar 7, 2021
Pre-order has been out for a while but so far only 741 sold out of 3k? I think they're priced too high!
HrumHrum
19
Mar 7, 2021
They can't fill 3k anyway, Sennheiser told them they dont have capacity to produce that many for the first batch, most likely 1k. They are priced right, between 800 and 800s especially when taken into consideration $200 in drop credit (which makes this pair $900), haters gonna hate, but at the end of the day, most people will use those credits eventually, I am just waiting for new black firday sale on Elex. and to be honestly, how much do you want to pay for it? $800? this would destroy second hand market all together not to mention new market for 800s. Price wars are real, and nobody wants to be a casualty of it nor seller nor buyers. Slimmer profit margins means less QC at the end of a line
Super_22
0
Mar 8, 2021
The price is too high. After the 2 years warranty with Drop then you are on your own. I have check with my local Sennheiser and they told me they don't provide repair services for my HD6XX. I guess their policy is the same for massdrop sennheiser collabaration product.
omegasteffy
4
Mar 6, 2021
A tax concern. I live in Europe and Sennheiser is also in Europe. Where will they be shipped from? US/UK/EU?
Darkvlade
86
Mar 5, 2021
dammit..i wish the preorder window for these was larger...I can get em second week of april but not now.>.<
raansire7
1054
Mar 5, 2021
It's good practice to always have a couple thousand dollars set aside for toy money in case stuff like this pops up! $20 saved here and there adds up with time.
Jisheng
220
Mar 7, 2021
Try to sign up for a credit card with as large of a intro bonus you can get. While some are $200 bonus for $1000(Bank of America) spent, there are a few around $200 for $500 spent(Chase). Worst case, you might end up with $150 for $500/$1000 spent(Capital One/Wells Fargo). You should hopefully get the card in a week. Some places will provide you with the card numbers so you can start using them for online purchases right away.
cmspm6
11
Mar 5, 2021
Maybe opening an option to choose between new driver / original HD800S driver may appeal to wider range of people (including myself). Unmodified HD800S at price of $1100 with 20k points has quite a merit, to people who were planning to purchase HD800S. Maybe sennheiser will not be so happy with producing same-sounding product, but thinking about the case of 6xx and 58x, it still seems to be possible option.
PeteMtl
353
Mar 5, 2021
I would be dishonest to say that I don’t care about this drop. It really is mind disturbing... should I, should I not ? Should I wait? Too expensive? Am I passing in a great opportunity I will regret? I must say that I am a fan of Sennheiser products and the 700 and 800 series are about the only series I haven’t experienced or bought yet... I own Momentum 1, Momentum 2 Wireless, Momentum 3 Wireless, HD420SL (vintage from my ‘80s), PX-100, PXC550 and 550II (for work, conferencing, air travel), 4.40, HD598 (now for TV only), 58X, 600, 6XX, Amperior, HD25-1II with Yaxi Type B Pads (my wife is crazy about them, surprisingly), Urbanite XL Wireless (my son’s), that’s about it, but no 800 series yet. My only non-Senns are Koss Porta Pro, ATH-M50X (never use them) and Hifiman HE400i
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HrumHrum
19
Mar 7, 2021
nope, Drop always charge you right away, the only difference with this drop, that you can cancel before November no questions asked, which usually not a case
SilentReaper
11
Mar 3, 2021
I really REALLY want these....but 1) No XLR Cable (seriously?) 2) 20k Drop Reward Points (I don't need this) If they removed the Drop Rewards, included the XLR cable and reduced the price a little bit I would be happy....but with this...no thanks
Drop really needs to reconsider their position on no XLR cable. At least a swap with the 1/4" would be nice.
kiwifocus40
18
Mar 5, 2021
because A) they wouldn't be XLR, they'd be Pentaconn (i don't have anything compatible with that) and B.) balanced cables are again, completely unnecessary. i'm not sure how else i can state that lol. as far as your hypothetical I mean come on buddy: I'm rocking a lambo son - i'll take the pleb rims and go to lambostuff.com and grab me some amazing rims on the cheap. just like anyone can do with balanced cables, cuz just like super fancy spinner rims: they're completely unnecessary and worth cutting out if it means you save money.
cmspm6
11
Mar 3, 2021
It could have been better if it was just a HD800s with different color. 1~2kHz dip may sound fine though, but not many people (up to 3,000) would be willing to take risk of purchasing $1,100 headphone with recessed vocal.
HrumHrum
19
Mar 7, 2021
so, in general, you think 500 (or current 740) people is not a lot? for high end headphones that had a limited edition run of 750 unit last year? This is not your steel series or evenly HD6xx, your comment is in realm of that he-1 should be sold in tens of thousands units
cmspm6
11
Mar 8, 2021
First, do not make discussion personal by using phrase such as 'your steel series'. It will just dilute the point of your opinion. You do not know every person you're discussing with, including me. Also, people having 'steel series' headphones does not lose their right to have opinion on the drop. Knowledge on marketing, acoustics and engineering is not given by purchasing high end headphones. Second, 'a lot' is a comparative term. HE-1 is not selling in tens of thousands units, it is on sale on regular price and direct comparison with limited-time discount deal is not reasonable. I mentioned 'up to 3,000' in my original comment. Drop and Sennheiser had their prediction and 3,000 was the count they came out with. in comparison with that count, 740 is not a lot. To mention, in my country, 370 unit of focal clear was sold in 2020 in only one online shop. Third, as 'a lot' is a comparative term, whether this drop is considered a success or not is not the point. My point was on the 1-2kHz dip clearly visible on the graph, of a product which could not be heard before purchase. Regarding the comments on this page, there is a number of people concerned about the expected sound and quality of this product. Combined with concern on repair service and the fact this product does not ship overseas, there is a certain number of people who might have joined this drop at same price, if it was prepared a bit better.
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