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

Discussion in 'High-end Audio Forum' started by shabta, Jan 19, 2016.
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  1. casper3127
    Audio-gd NOS11 V2 also "does the damage" with them. :jecklinsmile:
  2. LarryMagoo
    Hey Bill,

    Got your Yggy back yet? I'm anxious to hear your take... Man I'd love to listen to that WA5-LE (2nd gen) Headphone Amplifier....$5K but it sure looks sweet....I know you love your WA2...hope its pairing nicely with your Yggy Analog 2 upgrade!
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  3. billerb1
    Schiit received it last Monday, 9/10. Still waiting for the email saying it's on it's way back. Hopefully within a week.
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  4. Arthur Li
    Just received my second pair of HD800S, there are some minor differences between this pair and the pair I sold 2 years ago:
    1. No velvet on top of the foam that protect the headphone.
    2. The bundled 4 pins XLR cable has a silver-colored jack, rather than black.
    3. Some rough edges on the black plastic parts of the headphone housings.

    Sonically, I have no complaint. However, the overall presentation and build quality of this new pair seems subpar. I am slightly disappointed. Perhaps it's due to the introduction of HD820 - the best workers may be allocated to the HD820 production line. BTW, the serial number of my pair is 169xx.
  5. iDesign
    That seems very odd. I just ordered a replacement HD 800 storage box from Sennheiser for my HD 800 S headphones and it was still lined with synthetic silk. The fact they included a silver CH 800 cable is also strange. Personally, I would exchange them for a different pair because I suspect it is an isolated incident or the seller shipped you an open-box pair.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2018
  6. Ichos
    I bought mine two months ago serial is 163xx.
    The box is the velvet liner.
    The single ended cable is black.
    The balanced cable is the silver one.
    No rough edges.
  7. donlin
    I bought my current HD800S directly from Sennheiser at Axpona in mid April and it has the black balanced cable and no rough edges. Same box as the first ones I bought when they first came out.
  8. Arthur Li
    May I ask what's the serial number of your pair? It's on top of the headband. Thanks.
  9. donlin
    I'll post it when I get home.
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  10. Ichos
    I have contacted Sennheiser asking about the cable.
  11. Arthur Li
    I have contacted Sennheiser as well. I will post their reply here as soon as I receive it.
  12. iDesign
    Based on the replies above, it seems Sennheiser may have shipped silver CH 800 cables when they were out of stock of black versions. Although it’s a minor issue, it’s not a minor purchase.
  13. Arthur Li
    I just checked online about the packaging of HD820 and there is no velvet within the box. So I guess there will no longer be velvet in the entire HD8xx series packaging. However, HD820 does come with black 4 pins XLR cable. I agree with iDesign that Sennheiser just ship HD800S with silver colored balanced cable when they are out of stock of the black version.
  14. donlin
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  15. Ichos
    I have just received the answer from Sennheiser through their Greek retailer so i have to translate.
    Well as it was expected the official answer is that some batches of the product may ship with the silver balanced cable
    without further notice and this should be considered normal.

    To their credit they offered immediately to replace the cable.
    It should be ordered from Germany and it will take about a week.
    Kudos to Sennheiser and their local branch.
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