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Sennheiser HD800 S (HD800S)

Audiophile Over-Ear Open-back Headphones

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Why you want these:

  • Hear sound like never before with high resolution quality
  • Ultra-comfortable ear pads and lightweight headband for long sessions
  • 1 of the world's leading audiophile headphones
  • Sennheiser HD800S Ultra-comfortable Noise-isolating On-ear Earphones

    The Creative Aurvana In-Ear2 Plus Headphones Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

    The striking industrial design combines form and function seamlessly, the layered metal and plastic headband construction attenuating vibrations to the earcups while the handmade microfiber earpads offer exceptional comfort for even long periods of listening enjoyment.

    The Creative Aurvana In-Ear2 Plus Headphones Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

    Crafted for perfection, the HD 800 and the HD 800 S are precision-built in Germany from only the finest materials and components. The transducer is encased by stainless steel, while the headband and headphone mounting utilises the most advanced materials developed in the aerospace industry for high strength with minimal weight.

    The Creative Aurvana In-Ear2 Plus Headphones Offer an Incredible Listening Experience

    The new HD 800 S offers even better high precision connectivity options and is now supplied with two connection leads, a 6.3mm connector and a XLR-4 balanced cable to offer even better quality sound from sources with balanced outputs such as the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphones amplifier.



    Sony Hi-Res AudioGeneral Features:
    • Optimised reference class in wired headphones
    • Open, circum-aural dynamic stereo headphones
    • Enhanced sound reproduction achieved through absorber technology
    • Additional cable with balanced XLR4 connector
    • High-class matte black metal parts
    • Natural hearing experience - realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
    • Biggest transducers ever used in headphones including new innovative dynamic transducer design
    • Uncovered earcups for enhanced acoustics
    • Handcrafted ear pads, made of high-quality microfiber fabric
    • Metal headband with an inner damping element
    • Specially tuned balanced, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
    • Special high precision headphone connectors
    • Authorized Internet Dealer
    • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

    Product Specifications:

    • Color: black
    • Wearing style: Headband
    • Impedance: 300 Ohms
    • Audio-XLR: connector XLR4
    • Frequency response: 4 - 51,000 Hz (-10 dB)
    • THD, total harmonic distortion: 0.02 % (1 kHz 1 Vrms)
    • Contact pressure: 3,4 N (± 0,3 N)
    • Ear coupling: Circumaural
    • Jack plug: 6.3mm/ XLR4
    • Cable length: 3m
    • Transducer principle Dynamic: Open
    • Weight w/o cable: 330 g

    What's in the Box?

    • HD 800 S
    • Cable with 6.3mm jack connector
    • Balanced cable with XLR4 connector
    • Microfibre cleaning cloth
    • Manual
    • USB flash drive

    Headphone Design

    Headphone Type

    This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

    In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

    Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

    On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

    On-Ear
    Headband Type

    Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

    Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

    Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

    Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

    Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

    Around the Ear
    Specifically For
    Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
    Home/Portable
    Headphone Application

    This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

    DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

    Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

    Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

    Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

    Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

    Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

    On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

    Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

    Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

    Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

    Home Hi-Fi
    Home/Office
    Studio
    Acoustic Principle

    The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

    Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

    Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

    Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

    Closed

    General Features

    Noise-Canceling
    Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
    No
    Built-In Microphone
    This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
    No
    Equalizer/Tunable
    This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
    No
    Headphone Connection
    This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

    Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

    Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

    Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

    Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

    Corded
    Volume Adjustment
    Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
    No
    aptX Codec
    Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
    No
    Connector Type
    The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
    Jack Size
    Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
    1/4"
    Color Shades
    Primary color shades of the headphones.
    Black
    Silver/Gray
    Material
    Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
    Metal
    Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
    Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
    Leather
    Replaceable Ear Cushions
    Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
    Yes
    Weight (oz.)
    This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
    11.64 oz.
    Water Resistant
    This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
    No
    Child Safe
    Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
    No
    Foldable
    Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
    No
    Ear Hooks
    These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.
    No

    Audio Features

    Driver Type

    The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

    Balanced Armature:
    A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

    Dynamic:
    Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

    Electrostatic:
    Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

    Planar Magnetic:
    A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

    Dynamic
    Impedance
    The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
    300 ohms
    Frequency Response
    The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
    4 - 51,000 Hz
    Audiophile
    Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
    Yes
    Built-in Amplifier
    This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
    No
    Amplifier Recommended
    This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
    Yes
    Pass Throughs
    Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.
    No

    What is in the Box?

    Main Product
    The main product in the box.
    Sennheiser HD800 S
    Accessories
    Accessories included with the headphones
    Cleaning Tool
    Secondary Cable
    Paperwork
    Paperwork included with the product.
    User Guide
    Warranty Card

    Specials with this Item

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    Warranty and Return Policy

    Parts Warranty Duration
    2 years
    Labor Warranty Duration
    2 years
    Warranty Provider
    Manufacturer

    Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

    Rating Distribution

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    3 Star
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    Average Attribution Rating

    Durability
    4.5
    Value
    3.5
    Features
    4.5
    Design
    4.5
    Usability
    5.0
    mike

    west warwick ri

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    September 1, 2016

    Very detailed sounding headphone that couid use a little more bottom end. Tube amps sound the best with these headphones.

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    Orlando, Florida

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    May 16, 2016

    To be honest I wasn't surprised. They truly are the best of the best. Besides the price I can't complain. I prefer the black compared to the original silver look. This is the only headphone you'll ever need to buy.

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    Product Summary

    Manufacturer

    Model Number

    HD800S

    UPC

    0615104273009

    Weight

    5.45lbs

    Internal SKU

    hd800s

    Internal Product ID

    107713

    Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

    Wiring Diagram Legend

    Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

    Product Name: Sennheiser HD800 S (HD800S)

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