Sennheiser HD800 S Impressions Thread (read first post for summary)

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by shabta, Jan 19, 2016.
  1. Mediahound
    It comes stock with one, however IMO a good upgraded one is the Cardas Clear. It's expensive though:

    EDIT, sorry, you meant 4.4mm, not 4pin XLR :dt880smile:

  2. Ginge
    I actually looked to see if Cardas made a 4.4mm version, but they don't sadly. I use a Kimber Cable for 4.4mm on my Z1Rs, I wish they offered a version for the HD800S.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2018
  3. Mediahound
    Yeah, 4.4mm balanced is still really new. May be a bit different to find.
  4. Ginge
    I don't know about that, it's pretty well supported in other headphones, and comes stock for the new HD 660S. I just don't get why Sennheiser announced a cable they never released.
  5. peter123
  6. Svatopluk
    I purchased the HD-800S after owning the HD-800 for around five years. One of the first things I noticed was the difference in bass presentation. The bass of the HD-800S had more presence than that of the HD-800 but less definition, this was some time before Tyll released his review of the HD-800S. At the time, I assumed it was due not to any real form of distortion but Sennheisers effort to make the HD-800S more musical on a wider variety of upstream gear. Regardless, I believe the bass of the HD-800S makes it far more versatile than it's older sibling.
  7. FastAndClean
    The hd800S bass is worse than hd800 and it can't take bass eq so well, so what is the point of those measurements if in comparison the bass in 800S sound murkier than hd800?
  8. Swiftfalcon
    800S bass is warmer and more organic compared to 800. If they didn’t do it with the help of THD, curious how they did it.
  9. Slim1970
    They used a method similar to the Anaxilus mod. They called it "absorber" technology that was first used in the IE800's.
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  10. Arniesb
    Less bass + more highs is always clearer, faster more detailed bass, + Spike in highs not only make high more detailed, but also bass better.
    You guys understand why a lot of manufactures make V shaped fr. It because boosted highs can make up for big bass negative effects. Think Th610 vs Th900
    You can try to eq any headphones bass and bass becomes slower, then eq highs and sound became faster and clearer again.
    "Fatter sound is slower less clean sound"
    HD800S is little fatter, touch meatier sound than HD800 So it all makes sense.
  11. daltonlanny
    I agree. The bass on the HD800S is murkier and less defined than the regular old HD800, and doesn't take eq as well.
    The bass is definitely tighter and better defined on the regular HD800, to my ears.
  12. boomtube
    I don't understand sound graphs...I read a review by a very respected 'audiophile'...who said effectively the HP's he was reviewing were garbage. I have these very HP's running through a QP1R and Hugo2. I've never heard my music sound so good through these cans that (from his graphs) are supposed to sound like garbage?
  13. FullCircle
    one mans trash.jpg

    Enjoy it, appreciate it, trust your ears, this is a subjective hobby
    Last edited: Jan 3, 2018
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  14. pietcux
    You could check out a Polish company. They are just making a Z1R cable for me. I took the Noir Hybrid 1.5 m Pentagon. 260€ to Germany.
  15. dadracer2
    Have you tried Matt at Forza ( He does some great cables at a variety of prices and seems able to provide most plugs.

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