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Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones
$1399
$1800

Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones

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$1800
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Jeff0500
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Dec 20, 2021
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A wonderful fit, an epic sound
The closest I can come to comparing the 800S would be the Noble Kaiser 10, which is wildly different. The reason I chose those two, is that for me, they are best of their respective sounds. I sit for hours listening to music and still find myself amazed at the subtleties which make the music sound like a whole new song. If these headphones are in your budget, I would recommend them (finding them on sale is even better).
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G3n3r1c
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Nov 25, 2021
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Staging and space master, but understand your needs and priorities
This product has been out for many years and there many published reviews. This is Sennheiser's flagship open-back model and deserves equal consideration if shopping in the flagship tier. My 5 star rating is on a Drop product scale, as the HD 800 S widely outclasses the large majority of headphones sold by Drop. Characteristics and comparisons: Fit: The ear cups are huge and limit your ability to interact with furniture. The fit is quite comfortable and not clampy, but also secure. They feel as much like wrapping a towel across the top of your head as a typical set of headphones. Cables: Sennheiser uses expensive odd connectors that are hard to remove and tricky to align when inserted. They didn't seem to learn anything from the connector issues of the 600 series. The factory cables are long (3 meters; 1/4" and 4.4mm) and high quality, but you'll likely need to buy a shorter cable too. Add at least $100 to $150 to the budget for another cable. Wide stage: The HD 800 S has earned a reputation for generating an expansively wide soundstage. This is correct. Sound sources are localized from left to right, and each stays within its own area. This involves far greater clarity and detail relative to the HD 6XX or HD 600. Neutral tuning: I hear these as not bright, not bass-heavy, and similar to the HD 600 but not boomy like the HD 6XX. Bassheads should look elsewhere. They handle treble better than many cheaper headphones, so you can hear high frequency content that less technical products cannot reproduce. Some describe this strength as "brightness," but it's not -- it's simple accuracy. If you hear harsh treble swap your DAC and/or amp. I'm using the HD 800 S on warmer solid state and tube amps to control for badly produced and harsh music, but not to deeply change the tonal character. Fantastic nuances at moderate volume: These headphones are expensive flagships, but only 1/3rd the street price of the Focal Utopia. The Utopia is rightly known as a nuance master with an uncanny (exaggerated) ability to precisely separate sounds by relative volume. However, it's soundstage is only middling/moderate. The HD 800 S has a much wider soundstage but not as good control over volume/dynamic differences. It's simply flatter sounding. However, the dynamics gap narrows at low to moderate volume and the end experience can be similar. Understand your priorities and don't buy the HD 800 S as punchy "rock & roll" headphones.
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markn
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Dec 30, 2021
G3n3r1c"The ear cups are huge and limit your ability to interact with furniture." - This cracked me up! But I have to disagree - the placement of the cable jacks in the back of the cup is great for relaxing on two pieces of furniture - the recliner and the bed. No jacks digging into your shoulders and shoving the headphone up... Excellent review BTW
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Juan_Lightning
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Jun 28, 2020
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Great, For Specific Uses
Incredibly open and spacious. Great for orchestral, jazz, and gaming, but leaves something to be wanted for other genres.
toodamnfrank
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Jun 11, 2021
Actually you’re wrong. The “initial” price appears to be the same, until you factor in the “drop points.” If you purchase these from Drop you effectively get $140 in the form of store credit / it’s like paying $140 less on your next order getting something for free up to said value. Which is the only reason I even consider shopping at drop these days myself, IE; when I purchase something I get a bunch of credit towards my next purchase. Im going to be buying the HD8XX because I have $250 in drop points already and my purchase will give me more for possibly buying these to compare them to.
SakuraWulf
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Oct 10, 2021
toodamnfrankIf you don't support drop then... no.
graciepacie123
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Dec 10, 2021
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beautiful but get a proper dac/amp to maximize its glory
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Cybersonic
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Sep 26, 2021
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dpham94
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Jul 8, 2020
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gunnarmikael
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Jul 31, 2020
dpham94What did they cost?
MrGr
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Jul 1, 2021
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