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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. Audiofiend1
  2. ZappaMan
    I bought se846 from them - they were legit / but not an authorised dealer. They are grey imports. If you have to submit warranty claim to manufacturer they can ask to see your proof of purchase / then refuse support because they are grey imports.
  3. Arniesb
    i woudnt worry about used Sennheiser products. Never heard of any failures except in 500series range.
  4. Rob80b
    Normally I'd agree but I had my HD800S balanced cable ($449.95 Can) literally desolve on me.... my HD700 ($145.Can) cable stop functioning....and then my IE800s ($999. Can) lose audio in one ear piece..all replaced without a hassle by Sennheiser Canada under warranty...that's over $1500 in replacement costs. :triportsad:
    Also recently 2 pairs of Urbanites, one barely used had their ear pads disintegrate, unfortunately both just out of warranty. But that's not par for the course thankgod as a 40 year old pair of HD414s and 10 year old HD580 had will attest.

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  5. Arniesb
    Cable and earpads, headband will wear out in time thats expected. Im not talking about this.
  6. x7007
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  7. raband
    No, not at all.

    Lasted on mine for 2 days before I went back to the original pads.

    YMMV though
  8. x7007
    Because it changes the sound signature? not comfortable? or it break or something? what is the reason?
  9. jtinto
  10. headblid
    I tried the Dekoni sheepskins, it was a terrible idea - they trapped the highs and slowed down the HD800S, the cans sounded just wrong - to the point where you could feel a slight pressure buildup in the ear cups after listening for a while - this may not be the case for everyone, I’m oversensitive to pressure buildups so I can’t stand most of the noise cancelling cans.
    Comfort was great.
    I quickly went back to the stock pads - not touching the pads on the 800S ever again... if you’re going to change the pads, I would avoid anything with hard materials that can potentially trap air and mess up the sound.


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  11. x7007
    so only the original? I am too sensetive to those
  12. headblid
    If you’re too sensitive to treble with the original pads, I would definitely try the other pads before buying them if you can. I would think that fenestrated or hybrid pads would all be better than the full sheepskin one that I bought for the hd800S.
    This is only my subjective opinion though, so try the pads, you may end up liking what you hear :).

    I also have the HD820, the pads on those are leather (I think) around and velour on the part that goes against your head, thy are like the hybrid dekonis. Works well for the 820 maybe those are worth a try?

    Have you tried EQing to tame the treble? I’m quite sensitive to treble but never had an issue with the 800S, I used the hdvd800 in the past and now use the hdv820, I reckon those tend to tame the hd800 series so may not be representative of the typical transparent amp.

  13. x7007
    I am not sure there is no way I'll know, only buying it and test and if not liking them at that time would be too late I think they have returns but the delivery would cost me and not a bit
  14. headblid
    Ah, you’re just going to have to jump then, there are lots of impressions on this thread so look around to balance my impressions a bit :)
  15. dsrk
    Hi All,
    Planning to buy these, I mostly use my headphones (HD6xx, HD598) on portable gear (X7II + ifi xCan).
    Does HD800s have less bass (quantity) impact than HD598?
    Powering them on X7II + xCan makes sense?
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