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Sennheiser HD 800 S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Sennheiser HD 800 S. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and durability. The soundstage and comfort also get good opinions, but the noise isolation and price get critical comments. Comments about the mids quality and size are mixed.

sound, comfort, soundstage, durability, usability

price, noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 800 S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sennheiser HD 800 S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 800 S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the comfort and sound. The design and durability also get good opinions, but there are some negative reviews about the portability.

price, durability, design, sound, comfort

portability

92% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone SystemSennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone System

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Vlad Savov (theverge.com)

Sennheiser HD 800 S review: pleasure meets precision

 

This might be one of the shortest reviews I ever write, because of how uncomplicated its conclusion is. The Sennheiser HD 800 S is a sterling, wonderful pair of headphones that strikes a...

As detailed as headphones can get ; Expansive soundstage ; Light for their size ; Sennheiser doesn't compromise fun in the pursuit of accuracy

Enormous ; Require high-power amplifier ; Zero sound isolation ; Not for bassheads

Jun, 2016

Recommended by TR

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

Sennheiser HD 800 S

 

The Sennheiser HD 800 S are the company's most expensive headphones you can buy off the shelf. No, we haven't forgotten about the £30,000 Sennheisers Orpheus HE1060, which cost a "small" fortune, but they can't be found on the high street.

In the HD 800 S, Sennheiser has tamed the HD 800 to create one of the best set of headphones ever.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Wing Lui (funkykit.com)

Sennheiser HD 800S Headphones Review - FunkyKit

 

We have all wondered why audiophiles spend a sizable chunk of their wages on a good set of headphones; you ask yourself if headphones for that much amount of dosh can really be that good. Sennheiser's flagship HD 800S is here to show us that what you...

If I had to sum up the Sennheiser HD 800S I would use the word ‘immense’, these truly are a pair of mind-boggling amazing pair of headphones, and arguably the best out there.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Jonathan Margolis (howtospendit.ft.com)

Sennheiser HD800 S

 

Ultra-high-end headphones that sound like you're in the recording studio

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Allan 'Zardon' Campbell (kitguru.net)

Sennheiser HD800 S Review

 

Incredibly detailed.

Easy to drive with almost any amplifier, but correct partnering will unlock their full capabilites.

The Sennheiser HD800 S is an update to one of the most iconic headphones released in the last decade. £1,199 is a lot of money, but compared to some of the ‘flagship’ competition they seem almost bargain basement.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: intlsubband (head-fi.org)

Truly excellent headphone with endless details. Crisp and clear like I haven't heard before

 

First, I would like to thank White Lotus and Sennheiser Australia for including me in the Australian review tour! Background: If you're reading this review, I would imagine that you already know all about the Sennheiser HD-800S. The company's new...

Details, clarity, accessories, bass, and of course, more details!!

For most people, the price will be a barrier

Jan, 2017

Consumer review by: ryanjsoo (head-fi.org)

HD800S Review – This Is It

 

Introduction – For those who are just getting into audio or are not familiar with Sennheiser (you should be!), the HD800S are their flagship open back headphone that sit below their unobtainable Orpheus but above the vast majority of other headphones...

Soundstage, Soundstage, Soundstage/End to end extension/Bass texture/Resolving mids/Clarity without fatigue/Amazing comfort/Build is great

Proprietary cable connectors/3M cable is a bit cumbersome even at home/Limited isolation/Require a solid source

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: emptymt (head-fi.org)

Legendary Headphone On Steroid

 

Hi everyone, Before I start the review, I would like to thank Sennheiser for making this awesome headphone, and also to @whitelotus for letting me in the tour. Sorry for the photo quality, I'm still using iphone 4 and my photo taking skills are quite...

Extremely natural sounding mids, clarity, detail, soundstage and imaging on another level, tight bass, very comfortable, accessories

still needs more bass, finishing prone to scratch, proprietary connectors, ear pads is a dust magnet

Nov, 2016

Consumer review by: Currawong (head-fi.org)

The Sennheiser HD800 S brings a more pleasant sound signature in exchange for technical accuracy.

 

As the first truly new high-end dynamic-driver headphones to hit the market in quite a few years, when Sennheiser's HD800 was introduced at CES on the 8th of January 2009, they caused a massive storm. Since the last truly high-end pair of dynamic...

Profoundly large soundstage. Accurate imaging. Fantastic comfort. Light weight. Easy to drive.

Stock cable is expensive and, IMO, degrades the sound. Ear pad and head pad materials are not very robust.

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: Brooko (head-fi.org)

Sennheiser HD800S – “End Game”

 

For larger views of the photos (1200 x 800) - please click on the individual imagesINTRODUCTION I can remember when I first joined Head-Fi, I started with some pretty cheap gear, and I remember looking at the signatures of some of the long-time...

Imaging, sound-stage, tonal balance, clarity, bass extension, versatility, build, comfort

Expensive (but IMO worth it), cable relatively heavy and prone to twisting

Sep, 2016

Product Specifications

Configuration

Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Product Type:Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired
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