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Sennheiser HD 800

alaTest has collected and analyzed 320 reviews of Sennheiser HD 800. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviews about the bass quality and durability are on the whole positive. The usability and comfort also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the portability and price, and many are negative about the noise isolation.

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noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 800 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Comments about the soundstage and durability are generally positive. The portability and size are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the comfort. Views are divided on the sound.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD 800 New Reference Class Wired Headphones - BlackSennheiser HD 800 New Reference Class Wired Headphones - Black

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Sennheiser HD 800


alaTest has collected and analyzed 184 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 800 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Views about the durability and comfort are overall positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed reviews about the portability.

sound, price, usability, comfort, durability

88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD800 Over-Ear Circum-Aural Dynamic Premiere HeadphoneSennheiser HD800 Over-Ear Circum-Aural Dynamic Premiere HeadphoneSennheiser HD800 Premier Headphone

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Steve Guttenberg (

Sennheiser HD800 review: Sennheiser HD800


Model changes at the upper end of Sennheiser's headphone line don't happen very often. The previous flagship--the still available HD 650s --were introduced in 2003, and remain in the line. Their predecessor, the HD 600s , came out more than a decade...

Top-notch engineering and build quality; highly accurate sound; super comfy over-the-ear design; detachable headphone cable.

Extremely expensive; not the best match for an iPod; no included adapter for 3.5mm minijacks.

Sennheiser's exquisite HD 800s sound more like listening to full-size speakers than any other headphones we've heard to date.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Mark Brezinski (

Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones Review - Intro


We finally got in the Sennheiser HD 800s. They aren't the most expensive headphones we've reviewed, but they're certainly some of the most hyped. We first heard these back at CES, and we've been waiting to get in a review copy ever since. So what's...

Since the HD 800s are so expensive, it's obvious budget is going to be a factor here for most people. Chances are, though, if you're seriously considering a purchase, you've already decided your budget can take the hit. If that's the case, there...

Oct, 2009


Expert review by: Caleb Denison (

Sennheiser HD800


Replete with premium components, proprietary technology and several industry firsts, Sennheiser's HD800 headphones easily earn their place amongst the very best ever made. Retailing at just under $1400.00 though, the cover charge for this listening...

Exceptional Sound ; High Quality Construction Extremely comfortable for long term use

Not easily portable ; Ambient noise is easily audible No 1/8" adapter for use with portable audio devices

Uncompromising design standards have produced a truly outstanding product in Sennheiser

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Ken Rockwell (

Sennheiser HD 800 Review


These Sennheiser HD 800 are excellent headphones for anyone who prefers a brighter, clearer rendition. They are a bit too bright for my taste, but with a few dB subtracted around 5 kc and a boost below 50 cps, I'd love them, too. Everyone's tastes...

Jan, 2012

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Sennheiser HD800


The HD800 headphones are the most expensive cans the Windows team has tested but they're also the very best

The Sennheiser HD 800 headphones are the best cans the Windows team has ever tested.

Jun, 2011


Expert review by: Taimoor Hafeez (

Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones Review


Musical bliss.

Clean sound across all frequencies, Ring transducer has complete control over oscillations, No sound distortion whatsoever, Solid build quality, Eye-catching design

Should be paired with an amp (adding more to the cost)

As with every high-end audio equipment, you need to have an equally capable set of partner accessories that will complement it, thereby providing a complete quality experience. In the case of the Sennheiser HD 800, Dubai Audio Center recommended that I...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: (

Sennheiser HD 800 Review


The HD 800 is a delight, a ticket to a stratospheric stereo experience - fairly neutral, with maybe a smidgeon more emphasis on the highs than the lows, and will woo you with tonal accuracy and soundstage rather than cheap (read boomy) thrills....

Excellent sounding and very resolving, Comfortable to wear - important for this grade of headphone, Detachable cable eases aftermarket cable mods, Is surprisingly forgiving on mediocre sources

Requires good amplification, Will not sound its best without a high quality source, Did we mention they're uber expensive

Apr, 2011

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Expert review by: jerdei (

Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones


The most powerful headphones out there

These headphones strive to give the best sound quality possible, with a finely tuned balance between treble, bass and mid ranges. The open-backed design gives extreme comfort. The headphone cable is detachable for easy travel

These headphones do not work well with MP3 players. Quite a bit more expensive than other audiophile headphones

The new flagship model delivered by Sennheiser, you will never have anything to complain about this headphone set. Sound quality is absolutely out of this world, with the open-backed design adding to the comfort and overall qualitative value of any...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Mike (

German Flagship Battle: The HD800 and the T1


in my possession right now, hooked up to a fairly premium system comprising the Grace m902 and the Burson HA-160 amplifier, I can tell you that the two flagships sound pretty much like, well, headphones. Yep, no sugar coated review here, and I can...

I’m sure the time will come when we will pitch the Dynamics against the Orthos and the Electrostats. Stay in tune!

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: techPowerUp! (

Sennheiser HD800


Even at the absurd pricepoint of $1400 these headphones manage to be worth it to people who want the very best sounding headphone setup. Besides that the headphones are the best sounding set of headphones I have heard to date, by far. Everything else...

Sound quality, Build quality, Comfort, Sound stage, All around performance

Expensive, Expensive, Perhaps a tad dull looking, Fairly big, uncomfortable when on the move

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

More than 60 years of ingenious headphone engineering has been applied into the HD 800. Incorporating Sennheiser's most advanced driver technology; these open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones redefine what reference-level audio is all about. You will form an altogether new height of sonic perspective as you experience a high-fidelity natural hearing experience. Do take note that presently, no other manufacturer has been able to come up as close as the HD 800 in replicating the basic acoustic conditions of natural hearing. Matching these headphones' reference-grade audio performance is their striking and visually effective industrial design. Premium parts have gone into their production - the transducer is encased by a precision material made of stainless steel; ear pads are made of special high-quality alcantara; while the headband and headphone mounting utilizes the most advanced development from the aerospace industry. In terms of connectivity, these headphones utilize specially-designed, four-wire, high-performance connections with Teflon insulation. Truly, the HD 800 is a glorious success and has become a pioneer in headphone development. HD 800 - crafted for perfection.

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:8 - 50000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System


Dimensions & Weight



Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sennheiser HD

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty