The original Sennheiser HD 800 was released in 2009 and was considered by many to be the world’s best headphones. Since then, many other companies have been barking up their tree, trying to catch the squirrel of that elite status. Because of that, there’s now a lot of different options for music lovers to choose from that are closely comparable to the Sennheiser HD 800. To stay in the game, Sennheiser has continued the line with the Sennheiser HD 800 S, which began shipping in February 2016.
These headphones have a powerful, commanding design. The outside of the earcups have a small net of honeycomb mesh/grille, showing the circular build of the speaker beneath it. Let’s get to the rest of this Sennheiser HD 800 S Review.
The surrounding area of the earcup has the same design as the speaker beneath the mesh, a minimalistic yet strong mix of circles and supporting bands running perpendicular to the circles. The headband is very sturdy and durable, with great protection for the cables running within it, yet maintaining great comfort when wearing it. The earpads aren’t shaped like the typical ovals of most headphones. Instead, they are shaped more like an ear, making these headphones both super comfortable and helping with noise cancellation.
Sennheiser HD 800 S Review: LOW BASS TONES NOW COVERED
Many people criticized the HD 800 for not placing enough emphasis on low bass tones. Sennheiser has fixed this issue in the HD 800 S, placing a perfect amount of emphasis on the low bass tones, generating a euphoric balance of bass, treble, and midtones. There’s a fantastic balance between all of these tones, the low tones and high tones not overwhelming the midtones and not being washed out, muffled, or reduced in any way, either. Overall, all of the sound hear through these headphones is very crisp and clear, something the original HD 800 was known for but improved upon by the HD 800 S. These headphones also reduce peaks in their frequency response to make listening to music more immersive without the interruption of unwanted frequencies.
This is due to the very large transducer in these headphones (56mm), which is the largest found in any set of dynamic headphones to date. We found in this Sennheiser HD 800 S Review that despite the size of the transducer, the design of the diaphragm as a ring shape minimizes disruptive frequency responses, especially at higher frequencies. This keeps the total harmonic distortion of the HD 800 S to less than 0.02 percent, an absolutely amazing value.
The HD 800 S comes with a standard headphone cable, just like the original HD 800, but it also comes with a new 4-pin XLR cable that is used with headphone amplifiers with balanced outputs, unlike their predecessor.
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