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Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones Reviews


Picky, but worth it if you find good synergy


Pros: Detail , Soundstage, imaging, tonal balance

Cons: They lay bare all the flaws of a recording, there is no isolation whatsoever

Audio setup -     FLAC files in Media Monkey -> Amazon Basics TOSLINK cable -> Schiit Bifrost w/Uber upgrade -> Knukoncept Shielded RCAs -> Project Ember with  new Tesla ECC802S Music -     Nabucco, Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus conducted by Lamberto Gardelli, 1965     Why So Serious, Hans Zimmer, the Dark Knight OST   I got these barely used off of the classified forums, and I even got two Norne cables to go with them as part of the deal. For the purposes of this review I used the single-ended stock cable, but I plan on fooling around with the other cables in the near future, and probably giving...
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First class, the best I've ever heard.


Pros: Best overall sound quality ever. Period.

Cons: Expensive, open on the sides, and a tad thin in the middle ranges in my opinion.

Let me say I am a serious regular music listener, not a techie. The earphones are worth it if you can afford them. The solution to the thinness was to pair it with a TEAC NP H750 headphone DAC and a Marantz 2285B amp, where you can boast the mid ranges independantly. If you listen to what I listen to, which is 1965 to 1980 basicly, it sounds amazing.

A masterpiece headphone


Pros: natural, revealing, holographic, neutral, lightweight, comfortable

Cons: fussy with amps, mediocre stock cable

Contrary to a common complaint, HD800's are not bright and do not *need* a tube amp/coloration. In most cases, the cause is the recording quality, which can be "tamed" by EQ. Although HD800 has an expansive soundstage, you can bring it to another level by using a crossfeed like Redline Monitor. Overall presentation will be even more natural and easier to listen to.

Wow, amazing (but here's why you shouldn't buy it)


Pros: Outstanding in every way, sound, comfort

Cons: Nothing other than price

Will fill this in later but based on the fact that it absolutely kills every single song and genre of music that I've throw at it, the final rating is clear.   Edit 1: After listening to this and the Aude'ze LCD XC for four days, I've reached a point where I will never grab for the LCD XC if the HD800 are available. The HD800 simply sound more natural (all of the other headphones I have sound "synthetic," like they almost auto-tune or digitize the sounds very slightly if that makes any sense. With the HD800 it sounds like the band is singing and playing right in front of you.). The imaging on the HD800 is also incredible. It's like there are 10 speakers spaced all around your ears,...
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With after market cables, you can have audio heaven!


Pros: The DH800s have a great ability to show how good your upstream components can be.

Cons: You MUST use aftermarket cables to make them sound their best!

It took two months of burning in and finding the right aftermarket cables to make these my desert island cans! My system is made of an old Rotel cd player(9 + years) for digital out put and my pc with JRiver Media Center for flac files of my cd and vinyl recordings and high res audio files. I have had my Melos SHA-1 tubed headphone amp/preamp for almost 20 years! Transparent Audio Super cables for interconnects and Ultimates for speaker cables. From my PC to Pangea USB to my M-Audio Fast Track to Tara Labs RSC digital into my Bryston BDA-1 to said Melos SHA-1 headphone amp. I have HD600s, 650s as well as the 800s for ear pleasure. Recommended Moon Audio cables are use with all my 'phones....
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HD800 - An Emotional View


Pros: Soundstage, Detail, Layering, FR Response

Cons: Unreleting Accuracy

There are so many review of the HD800 and for my review, I wanted to take a different approach, a more personal, emotional view.. YMMV.. here we go..       First, let me address my POV on some of the key points of other reviews/comments/forum posts: Sibilance/ 6Khz peak:  I simply don't hear it.  I came from the HD700 and definitely heard the treble peaks there.  The HD800 seems pretty flat to me across the spectrum. I'm definitely going to try the Anaxilus 2.0 mod, but I'm in no real hurry. Source/Amp Dependant:  Oh Yes.. maybe thats the magic behind the HD800.. they definitely scale up.  They're listenable through something as simple as...
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Pros: Fantastic Curves & Design, Amazing Clarity, Perfect

Cons: The price for sure. Cant carry them everywhere!

Well Gents! I finally took the plunge after buying quite a few headphones! And at 1500 $ I must confess it is a pretty deep one!   I am still gasping for breath as it is the most expensive headphone that I ever bought!   The HD800 is surely not one that you would carry on a bus or train or plane. I was told that it is strictly for home use unless one spends most of his/her time in the office.   Unfortunately I am yet to inform my wife of this rather big purchase and so using it at home is out of the question!! I am into marketing and so don't spend too much time at the office. I do spend a lot of my time driving and so I have been listening...
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My experience with the HD800s


Pros: Crisp, Clear, Detailed, Neutral, Amazing soundstage

Cons: Bass is light, Price

I recently spent about a month with a pair of HD800s.  I was immediately more impressed with these upon my first listen than with any pair of headphones ever.  The amound of detail these present is just unreal.  The sound is VERY neutral, true to the recording, and because of this bass can seem a bit lacking.  To be honest, even with bass-heavy music these are a bit lacking.  However they have the fastest, most detailed response I have ever heard from a pair of headphones.  Midrange and highs are the best I have ever heard on any headphone without a doubt.  Soundstage is quite expansive, they sound very "open" and airy with outstanding...
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detailed and unforgiving headphone.


Pros: imaging,soundstage,detailed high,mids and lows,smooth,comfortable

Cons: unforgiving on poor recording or wrong equipment.

The HD800 is my first expensive headphones. its really comfortable to wear it and sounds great through my Fostex HP-A8. the treble is smoother than i first thought it would be but its still considered an bright and detailed headphone. bass is very neutral and punchy and mids is also very natural and uncoloured in my opinion. some people may find it too bright or not enough bass when paired with the wrong amp. the best part that i find with the hd800 is its imaging. i feel like band is playing in an nice big stage in front of me and every instrument is seperated and can be heard easily.

The Optimum


Pros: Extremely comfortable especially you need space, or if yo have a big head, drop in feels just nice.

Cons: None

Airy, extremely transparent, silky and fluid sound.
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