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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. Svatopluk
    Okay, when I compare the HD800S's bass to the HD800, I find it somewhat "indistinct", not clear or sharply defined in comparison to that of the HD800. In my opinion, both HD800 and Utopia surpass the HD800S in clarity when it comes to bass.

    When it comes to all-around performance, comfort and bang for buck. The HD800S still outshines most anything on the market.
  2. PointyFox
    Make sure the pads are identical. Bass is strongly influenced by seal and how close the drivers are to your ears.
  3. Whitigir
    Exactly this too, I rolled pads, and couldnt stand anything except stock pads...later, I discovered that the plastic films behind the pads also play the parts. Dekoni pads or whatever didnt have it, and I couldnt stand it. But to each oh his own, personal preferences is a decisive factor in an ocean full of fishes
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2018
  4. joseph69
    I found the 800S bass to be its weak point which was the reason I sold them.
    The 800 bass was clearly more impactful too me.
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  5. Arniesb
    This is your imagination and fr response prove it.
  6. joseph69
    Well, imagine that!
    I listen with my ears, not measuring devices.
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  7. Svatopluk
    The pads on my HD800 are eight years old, the HD800S less than three. Are you saying if I replace the pads on the HD800, the bass will become less clear and defined?
  8. Thenewguy007
    Probably the opposite will happen.
  9. AutumnCrown
    One reason I'm skeptical of the HD800 S being noticeably distorted compared to the HD800 is that the distortion figures per Tyll are similar in the Abyss AB 1266, which has a higher level of bass, and is regarded as one of the best bass headphones.

    Has anyone tried blind testing the two headphones? This seems like a perfect opportunity in which blind testing is actually easy and makes sense.
  10. PointyFox
    Clarity, I don't know. Bass volume and impact will probably decrease since I am assuming a new pad will seal less and bring the headphones further from your ears.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018
  11. Phronesis
    Any recommendations on where to buy the HD800S online? I don't have any authorized dealers near me, and have never heard them, so I need to buy from an authorized online dealer with a good return policy.
  12. FredoIsFishing
    I had a good experience buying them from Crutchfield. I contacted Sennheiser and verified that they are an authorized dealer.
  13. ZappaMan
    Take a look at the Orpheus programme/ certain retailers give 10 year warranty upgrade - may just be a uk thing tho.
  14. Phronesis
    Crutchfield has them for about $1700, Amazon for about $1600 (sold by Amazon). Does anyone know if Amazon is an authorized dealer?
  15. sheldaze
    I've not looked, but would be surprised if Gramophone does not carry these. They carry Sennheiser, and I see from their online catalog they carry high end headphones (Audeze LCD-4, Focal Utopia, HiFiMan Susvara). Gramophone is in Rockville, Columbia, Towson.
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