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Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones Reviews

mikemalter

HD 800 Startles

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Just a short review to add my experience of the HD 800.   There are times when I am simply startled at the aliveness of the music.  There will be silence after a musical passage or between pieces, and when the music starts up again, it's like when someone walks into a room and you don't hear them and then they start talking to you.   The sound is so real, so natural so alive, for that moment it is as if the ensemble were next to me.   I did jetteson the stock cord and replaced it with a Cardas single ended for better results.   I am very happy I got them.
Lan647

A very overrated headphone

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Pros: Massive soundstage. Very high-resolution sound with low resonance. Very comfortable. Quality construction.

Cons: Not natural sounding; the tonality is bright with a lack of proper body and weight to the sound. Paint job fragile. Overpriced.

  I purchased this headphone for full retail price a couple of years ago, and in the beginning, I felt very positive about it. But things change, and as I got to try many other high end offering by other manufacturers, as I got to try this headphone with different amps, sources, cables and so forth, I have come to the conclusion that this headphone is perhaps the most overhyped piece of audio gear in the head-fi industry. The truth hurts, but you learn from your mistakes.    As controversial as it may be, I felt the need to change my positive review and write what I feel about the HD 800s.   To start with the positive, build quality and ergonomics here...
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dpmaui

HD-800

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Pros: Certainly Unique, Nothing else like it , however,

Cons: Sure have my "personal preferences" these aren't quite,,

Have tried them all now, after reading all of your fine reviews,,,,, whew,,, what an experience!  HD-650, DT-990, AK-702, AD-2000, AH-D7000, and of course the HD-800.  First, I am in complete agreement with SKYLAB's review,, remember it's mostly positive and I will write more later.  My initial impressions?  Give me the AH-D7000 with it's wonderful smooth, articulate mid definition, and a bit less "over" bass, give me the even consideration of the DT-990 with more of the air that the HD-800 offers and a whoop of the .AH-D7000 bass, and finally, please give me the HD-800 with all it's own built in delivery,,and a bit more of the wooomfy 7000 bass so low, even some of the even,...
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Asr

Very good open headphones

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Pros: High level of clarity, very comfortable

Cons: Lack of mid-range quantity to balance against treble

Originally published on September 6, 2010   Note: this review is an exact cross-post from post #1 of this thread on Head-Fi, which contains some user discussion on the review that may be relevant to read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/511201/review-beyerdynamic-t1-vs-sennheiser-hd800 - download a printable 8-page PDF version of this review (right-click the link & save target) - download a printable 9-page PDF version of the notes that were written for this review (right-click the link & save target). The notes contain much more detailed info broken down by individual CD tracks and will probably be worth reading for those seeking even more info to assist with a buying decision....
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DirkDK

Not completely satisfied

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Cons: lispering

I totally agree with the review of Skylab; what a great and honest review! The reason I'm not really happy with the HD 800 is because I bought it as a reference headphone. After listening to the recording of my choir (professionally recorded) I noticed that all of the consonants 'S' sung by the female voices didn't sound natural at all; they sound like they were 'lispering'. I really thought there was something wrong with my headphone; but after googling for a solution for this, I found this review by Skylab that explained the problem. I listened to another choir recording (the third part from the Gloria from John Rutter sung by the Cambridge singers) with this lyrics:  ...
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Covenant

Sennheiser HD800 Review

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Introduction I’ve been a “headphone audiophile” for the better part of 5 years now, searching for the elusive holy grail of headphone systems. During that time I’ve had the pleasure of auditioning some of the best headphones from every significant manufacturer, including the AKG K701 and K1000, Beyerdynamic T1, Stax Omega 2, Sennheiser HD600/HD650 and HE60, Grado RS-1, PS-1 and GS-1000, Audio-Technica W5000, W11JPN, and L3000, Ultrasone Edition 9, and others. Some of these I’ve even owned myself for periods of time. Audio nirvana is a very personal thing. What sounds magical to me and sends chills down my spine might well sound artificial and grating to another. That is the nature...
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dan.gheorghe

The best headphone I have heard to date

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Pros: Amazing soundstage & instrument separation, detail monster, awesome PRAT and bass, top notch mids

Cons: Sometimes sibilant, very fragile

Hey guys, The last time  I listened to HD800 impressed me so much that I had to buy a pair for myself: Since then, the HD800 have grown on me even more. These headphones are absolutely spectacular on the right gear, in my case the Burson Conductor . These headphones deserve  post of their own. I almost feel responsible doing this, as I feel that I haven’t done them justice in my first post and I have to make up for it. Lets take this from the start. In my opinion they look quite nice and I really enjoy their futuristic design. Every time I put them on I feel like this: How I actually look like: However, they seem really...
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