Official Unofficial 8XX Discussion Thread - UPDATE SENNHEISER HAS BEEN SOLD!!! GT(heck)IH
Feb 16, 2021 at 7:59 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 468

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FIRST REVIEW-
TL didn't watch -> HD800S is the better headphone this one is kinda meh and a pad swap would have been better for the bass


"I do think the 800S is a better headphone" - Joshua Valour





UPDATE-I will add/note for those placing a preorder, your preorder can be cancelled/refunded at any time up until the ship date. So if you see a review in the next few weeks that changes your mind dramatically, you can always get your money back. Also, these will be covered by our Drop Studio 30-Day return policy. If they are not to your liking after you try them, you may return them for a refund.



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Hey Friends,

Tomorrow morning at 9am PST, we are releasing 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, Sennheiser developed a dual resonator system for the HD 8XX, creating bass extension down to 10hz (+5db @ 10hz vs 800 S).

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.

The HD8XX goes live tomorrow at 9am PST with 3000 units available, shipping in November. These 3000 units represent the full production we anticipate for 2021. We’ll make more available if the capacity increases, but this launch is the only guaranteed HD 8XX availability until 2022.

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+. So come by tomorrow morning at 9am PST, pickup your HD8XX, buy a DROP + THX 789 for $99 and enjoy the endgame this November.

https://drop.com/buy/drop-sennheiser-hd-8xx-headphones ^ this is the direct link for 9am tomorrow, thanks for your support

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The previous lowest price for HD800 was $900-1000 so these could be $450-500 but based on drops half price principle and the current price of $1400 for HD800s it could also be $700

if it is $450-500 I will buy anything over $600 no thanks

" HD8XX? 800? 800S? If it's 820 imma head out. "
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Feb 16, 2021 at 8:23 PM Post #4 of 468

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It would be a pretty safe bet. Combine that picture along with their email I just got stating "The soundstage is set..." "our most requested headphone"....yep, I'd put my money on an HD8XX and I'm very excited even though I have zero need for it. I'm just happy to see it finally happen. I wonder how they've tweaked it, if at all. I'm going to guess a price of $799 or $899. EDIT: probably too optimistic on price, new guess $999.
 
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Feb 16, 2021 at 8:26 PM Post #5 of 468

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It would be a pretty safe bet. Combine that picture along with their email I just got stating "The soundstage is set..." "our most requested headphone"....yep, I'd put my money on an HD8XX and I'm very excited even though I have zero need for it. I'm just happy to see it finally happen. I wonder how they've tweaked it, if at all. I'm going to guess a price of $799 or $899.
I am sure the most requested would be the legendary Susvara :wink:
 
Feb 16, 2021 at 9:44 PM Post #8 of 468

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I'm guessing it's the OG HD800 at $999.

$999 for the OG version is overpriced for a drop exclusive considering the HD800S goes for around $1200+ during sales at some places.. And the OG was cleared out at around $700 too
 
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$999 for the OG version is overpriced for a drop exclusive considering the HD800S goes for around $1200+ during sales at some places.. And the OG was cleared out at around $700 too

Just basing it off the $699 Elex which is a variant of the $999 Elear. Since the SRP of the OG HD800 was about $400-500 (depending on region) more than the Elear, the Massdrop version would make sense to be about $300 more than the Elex.
 
Feb 16, 2021 at 10:19 PM Post #10 of 468

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Drop HD800S.jpg

It is undoubtedly an HD800S. Clear as day
 
Feb 16, 2021 at 10:23 PM Post #11 of 468

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Just basing it off the $699 Elex which is a variant of the $999 Elear. Since the SRP of the OG HD800 was about $400-500 (depending on region) more than the Elear, the Massdrop version would make sense to be about $300 more than the Elex.

Focal Elear is a fairly new product, while HD800 is more than 10+ years old (800S basically the same design/variant + resonator only). They mentioned during the 6XX sales that the significant price drop compared to the 650 is due to R&D cost no longer a factor after 15+ years of sales, i expect the 8XX to follow suit.
Charging $999 for an OG 8XX doesn't make sense when the OG was selling way cheaper than that during the last few years of their existence.

Btw, i dare say that a major factor that Drop actually managed to get a collab with Sennheiser on their flagship is due to :

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/16/...elling-consumer-headphones-soundbars-business

I would be wary on warranty/after sales service if Sennheiser really pulls the plug. Sennheiser has been a gold standard in that regard, however Drop is definitely not in comparison.
 
Feb 16, 2021 at 10:32 PM Post #13 of 468

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Wow. An HD8XX would be great. Only problem is that I recently bought the HD800S. I guess I was too early to the party.

I sold mine a year ago... and i'm missing them already. I've been waiting for them to drop back to $1200, but since now drop has them i wouldn't mind dropping in if it is the 8XX for less than $999.
But who knows what cosmetic & tuning differences they're gonna have. I like the current black scheme, but if the tuning is the same but with a deeper, extended sub bass rumble that would be perfect for me lol
 
Feb 16, 2021 at 10:38 PM Post #14 of 468

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I sold mine a year ago... and i'm missing them already. I've been waiting for them to drop back to $1200, but since now drop has them i wouldn't mind dropping in if it is the 8XX for less than $999.
But who knows what cosmetic & tuning differences they're gonna have. I like the current black scheme, but if the tuning is the same but with a deeper, extended sub bass rumble that would be perfect for me lol
I just EQ mine and then they sound great with all genres of music.
 

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