Sennheiser HD 6,7 & 8 DJ thread. Opinions, reviews, feedback, pics, discussions, etc.
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  He sounds Singaporean 

I think they have offices there. Among other tax friendly places. They then proceed to charge you 50-70 bucks for an iphone/other cable. I only buy sennheiser on sale or open box items from country distributor :D
 
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Hey guys... Massive thanks to Rosmadi Mahmood for this opportunity. He has allowed me to try out the HD8 DJ. What follows are my thoughts, originally posted on my blog.

Imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when I received note from Sennheiser, offering me the unique opportunity to review the new HD8 DJ headphone, freshly announced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. With piqued curiosity, I agreed to share my thoughts on this headphone.

As both a DJ and a Head-Fier, I happen to have a couple DJ headphones already on hand. For several years, I've been happily using the Adidas Originals, a special edition of the venerable and delightfully named Sennheiser HD 25-1 II -- henceforth referred to as HD25. I recently picked up an AKG K550 to see how I liked the design. I like how the K550's swiveling cups allow me to cue from the neck, but the cups are funky-large. They also have a very loose grip on the head. The HD25, by contrast, grips the head quite tightly. This is nice for mixing but not so great for extended listening. While I've seen DJ's pull off the crooked head cue technique with the HD25, it's really not ideal.

The physical design of the HD8 DJ easily bests both of these headphones. For general listening, the circumaural grip they put on my head is perfect. They aren't going to move around, and they isolate from the outside world *very* well. I find them to be very nice street headphones (especially for these snowy days in Detroit) though a shorter cable would be better for this. While the cups don't fold flat like the K510, they do rotate much of the way. Between that motion and the nicely flexible headband, neck cueing is definitely easy and comfortable to do -- and the cups funnel the sound in.

These headphones seem to have very robust build qualities. When I shake it in my hand, I can tell it was made with the intention of withstanding years of physical abuse. One of the key improvements over the HD7 DJ is the use of metal parts in key locations like the round hinge clearly visible on the sides. This allows the cup to swivel between a few notched angles, including up into the headband for easier travel. The replaceable cable plugs into a 2.5mm locking port on either the left or the right side of the headphone.

Along with the headphones, the box also contains a nice, though rather large carrying case. To be honest, I'll probably throw these headphones in my bag without the case. The headphones came with a pair of soft velour earpads installed, but I think I slightly prefer the slightly grippier leatherette pads also included. A curled cable and a straight one are included, both 3 meters in length. (Coiled cable is 1.5m without stretching.)

Compared to the already dynamic and punchy sound signature of the HD25, the HD8 DJ seems to have the same perspective, but better. When the HD8 DJ makes its comfy little seal around your ears, you're delivered a big, dynamic sound with plenty of bass that is smooth, accurate, and deep. This is definitely not the laid back, bass-neutral sound signature of the K550. I'm actually finding the sound quite fun and engaging.

So in the end, not only does the HD8 DJ best the form and ergonomics of my other two pairs, but it is a comfortable and fun-sounding headphone for general listening, too. I honestly don't recall using a DJ headphone that I prefer. Sennheiser deserves proper respect for this well-designed piece! I want to give a big thanks to Rosmadi Mahmood from Sennheiser for the headphones and for the opportunity to share my thoughts on them ahead of release. Also thanks to Jude Mansilla for recommending me.

Edit - I meant the K550- not the K501 as originally published.




 
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Awesome. They are on the list to get as soon as available.
 
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Hey guys... Massive thanks to Rosmadi Mahmood for this opportunity. He has allowed me to try out the HD8 DJ. What follows are my thoughts, originally posted on my blog.
 
Thanks for the nice write-up, thread! 
 
 
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Cheers, Rosmadi!

I've been really enjoying my mixing with these things. The sound signature lends itself nicely to hearing the peaks and punches when I beatmatch, and the ergonomic / swiveling features mean I can comfortably cue in any (reasonable) position. I've tried the old Sony's, ATH-M50, VModas (no swiveling!) and a handful of others... I would surely recommend these for the money, if asked.
 
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Cheers, Rosmadi!

I've been really enjoying my mixing with these things. The sound signature lends itself nicely to hearing the peaks and punches when I beatmatch, and the ergonomic / swiveling features mean I can comfortably cue in any (reasonable) position. I've tried the old Sony's, ATH-M50, VModas (no swiveling!) and a handful of others... I would surely recommend these for the money, if asked.
how about soundstage and instrument seperation.
 
Not expecting it to be big as a dj hp just really curious. 
 
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Hey guys... Massive thanks to Rosmadi Mahmood for this opportunity. He has allowed me to try out the HD8 DJ. What follows are my thoughts, originally posted on my blog.
 
@thread, thanks for posting your HD8 DJ impressions, man. I'm not a DJ, so I can't assess the HD8 DJ from that perspective. However, even though it was purpose-built for DJ's, I find the HD8 DJ a very good closed headphone for general listening, and I'll say more about this later.
 
It's also a very nice looking headphone, in my opinion, both on and off the head. Here's a photo I took of it (I'll post a larger photo set of the Sennheiser HD6 MIX and HD8 DJ later):
 

 
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Wow these are pretty cool. I'm all ears, tell me more.

 
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they really are lookers aren't they :3 to be honest, I had no idea they did djs other than hd25, but well done sennheiser :)
 
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Anyone had a chance to compare these with the M100s? (for DJ use and listening to EDM)

I love everything about my HD25s except for their comfort, so this is perfect timing!

PS: B&H has them listed for preorder, Amazon next?
 
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So the hinge and inside of headband is made out of metal, everything else is plastic? Metal reinforced is so vague a term and it's hard to see from pictures those two parts aside. Greatly appreciated for any answer that details more about the construction.
 
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