Sennheiser HD 800 (HD800)

Flagship Award Winning, Open-Air, Audiophile-grade, Hi-fi Professional Stereo Headphones 24-bit 192 kHz USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC

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• Wired Over-Ear Headphones
• Largest Ring Radiator Transducer in Production Dynamic Headphones
• HD Series
• Sensitivity: 102dB
• Color: Silver and Black

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• Wired Over-Ear Headphones
• Largest Ring Radiator Transducer in Production Dynamic Headphones
• HD Series
• Sensitivity: 102dB
• Color: Silver and Black



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Sennheiser HD 800

Audio Perfection Achieved

The flagship model from one of the premier headphone companies in the world, the Sennheiser HD800 is not your average headphone; the HD800's are among the finest headphones on the market today. Sennheiser has a well known history of pushing existing technology to its limits and pioneering new ideas. These award winning premium audiophile-grade open-back headphones were carefully designed to deliver incredibly realistic, natural sound that puts you right in the middle of your music. Perfectly balanced, the HD800's will blow you away with their high quality construction, design and sound.

HD800 Sound Quality New Dimension in Sound

When designing these reference class stereo headphones, Sennheiser challenged themselves with designing headphones capable of producing sound that is as natural as possible and true in every detail. The result of this challenge is truly something to behold. The HD800's feature unique 56mm transducers positioned at a slight angle to channel soundwaves directly into your ears to create an impressive authentic, spacial listening experience.

Hand Built in Germany Crafted for Perfection

No expense is spared for the HD800 headphones. More than 60 years of industry-leading headphone engineering and design went into the HD800 headphones. Each pair is hand-assembled at the Sennheiser headquarters in Germany using the finest materials available. The HD800's feature plush microfibre fabric earpads that both aid acoustics and provide phenominal wearing comfort and a durable stainless steel frame inspired by the aerospace industy.

Highest Quality Available Precision Engineered

With the HD800, Sennheiser took the time to revolutionize headphone design. Every piece of the HD800 headphones was painstakingly engineered for the finest listening experience possible. From the driver design to the the build of the frame, the vibration absorbing headband and even the specially designed OFC cable, no detail was left untouched. Once completed, each pair of HD800 headphones is quality tested before being shipped out to ensure every pair meets the high standards set by Sennheiser.

The Sennheiser HD 800s are going up on my "Wall of Fame" as one of the best reference headphones. They were the first headphone in my lab, and I can't see ever being without a pair.

- Tyll Hertsens, Inner Fidelity

Premium Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones

General Features:

  • Wired HD Series Over-Ear Headphones
  • Innovative ear cup design delivers sound waves at a 45° angle
    • Provides the best ever simulation of spatial hearing
  • Largest ring radiator transducer in a production dynamic headphone
  • True sound reproduction in every detail
  • Open back ear cups reduce vibrations
  • Biggest coil (40mm) and magnet (42mm) yet
    • Delivers natural sound field
  • Special high precision headphone connectors
  • Circum-aural dynamic design
  • Patent pending vibration dampening headband chassis reduces unwanted resonances
    • Durable headband features metal construction with high quality plastic layers
  • Hand crafted ear pads made from high quality microfiber fabric
  • Premium Protective Case available and sold separately
  • Primary Color: Silver
  • Accent Colors: Black
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Driver Size: 56mm
  • Frequency Response: 6-51,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 102dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 300 Ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.2%
  • Four Wire OFC Cable:
    • Detachable: Yes
    • Cord Length: 10 ft. (3m)
  • Plug Size: 6.3mm (1/4")

What's in the Box?

  • HD 800 Headphones
  • Four Wire OFC Detachable Cable
  • User Guide

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Specifications & Details

Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)
Comfort & Ergonomics
5 out of 5 - Amazing! Forget I'm Wearing Them!
Overall Audio Quality
5 out of 5 - Best of the Best
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
1 out of 5 - Not Recommended
Rock & Alternative Optimized
5 out of 5 - Any Rocker Would Be Proud
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
5 out of 5 - Mozart Would Be Proud
Optimized for All Genres
1 out of 5 - Not Recommended
Build Quality
5 out of 5 - Primo Craftsmanship! No Expense Spared!
5 out of 5 - Best of the Best
1 out of 5 - You'll still hear everything around you
4 out of 5 - For the Money, These are Tough to Beat
Sound Signature
Sound Staging & Imaging
Extra Large
Bass Detail
Headphone Design
Headphone Type
Headband Type
Over the Head
Specifically For
Headphone Application
Home Hi-Fi
Acoustic Principle
General Features
Built-In Microphone
Headphone Connection
Volume Adjustment
Jack Size
Jack Angle
Straight Jack
Detachable Cable
Color Shades
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Memory Foam
Water Resistant
Audio Features
Driver Type
300 ohms
98 dB
Driver Size
56 mm
Frequency Response
6 - 51000 Hz
Built-in Amplifier
Amplifier Recommended
Yes (Accessory Recommended)
What is in the box?
User manual
Warranty/Registration card
Main Product
Sennheiser HD 800 Audiophile Grade Headphones
Warranty and Return Policy
Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider

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A must have for music enthusiasts

Quite honestly if you're looking at buying these headphones, you probably know exactly what you're getting into. I'm not going to go into great detail on them as there are reviews out there that do a much better job than I could ever do, but I'll just briefly state some of my thoughts on them.

I currently own the HD600, HE-500, SR 325is, M50, and some IEMs. The HD800 provide by far the best resolution and soundstage off all my other headphones. The details you'll hear from recordings will blow your mind (chairs adjusting, hands sliding over acoustic guitar strings even though they're not vibrating, etc.). I'm currently taking the PHillips golden ear challenge and I feel like I'm cheating with them, they're that good.

Which brings me to their only weakness, they're too good. If you have a low quality recording, bad amp, bad production, or any non-ideal part in the chain, the HD800 will expose it tremendously. Everything else needs to be near-perfect like it or else the experience will be sub par at best. When all the stars align and everything is high quality, It will be heaven on earth though.

As for gear, I used to have a schiit asgard 2 and modi as my amp and DAC, but I don't think they quite cut it for them (by no means bad though just not full potential). I recently upgraded to the Oppo HA-1 and I couldn't be happier with the set up now. So do your research and get ready for an experience .

By Chris on December 20, 2014


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Glorious, glorious sound

I'm a previous owner of the Sennheiser HD700, and I finally decided to upgrade to the Sennheiser HD800 a few weeks ago. Even though purchasing these headphones might automatically lend you an 'audiophile' air, I do not consider myself as such, as I dislike the jargon used by some of them. I'll just use layman's language in this review.

I prefer a neutral sound signature with no emphasis on any part of the frequency range (that's how you truly hear what the artist intended. audiophile jargon stating 'exciting' just means that they tweaked it somewhat to appeal to the masses). I cannot stand excessive amounts of bass. Gives me a headache. For me, the accuracy/clarity/quality of the bass is much more important than the quantity.

Sound - 10/10. I never thought anything could top the HD700 until I treated my ears to this headphone. Funnily enough, I thought the vocals (especially male ones) sounded a little soft, but then I realized it was probably me already used to other headphones which place unnecessary emphasis on certain parts of the sound. Then I closed my eyes and immersed myself in the music, trying to pick out the separate instruments. Oh, the joy! It was like I was sitting in the midst of a concert band... No more boomy muddy bass that messes everything else up - crystal clear guitar plucks, punchy drumbeats, distinct taps on the cymbals... I could even hear the singer draw breath.

I'm a college student and my music tastes are quite diverse. I tested songs from Genesis, James Blunt, Taylor Swift, Goo Goo Dolls, Andrea Bocelli, EDM songs (I know, why the heck EDM with the HD800 but i'm a college student as I said) and even a chinese melody (Tong Hua by Guang Liang). I used FLAC formats played with Vox music player (iTunes doesnt support FLAC), on a Macbook Pro late 2011 with a Fiio e09k (Amp) + e07k (DAC) combo. Yeah, my setup is a little cheap but I don't buy into the current trend of spending a $1000+ on a DAC.

Bottom line: sound is fantastic, if you like a neutral signature. If you like bass, look towards the Audeze LCD3 (don't own it but I might get one as the perfect complement to the HD800s).

Comfort - 10/10: The headphones are MASSIVE. But the weight is distributed very well, thus they're extremely comfortable.

Look/Design/Durability - It's a headphone meant for use at home - if you were looking for something pretty and stylish to show off to your friends, stick with Beats by Dre (i'm joking please get the Sennheiser Momentum instead). These headphones look high tech, nuff said. Design is splendid, backed by a 2 year warranty. Can't say much about the durability (I will never ever let any harm come to these headphones. They've never left my desk and I keep them covered with cloth when not in use).

Features: If you're buying this headphone, it's for the sound and sound alone. No additional features like microphone or remote (who needs one when you're going to be at home near your PC anyway). However, the wire is replaceable, which is a HUGE relief if your careless self ever gets them cut/burnt etc.

Finally, the most important question. Value. With every audio company jumping on the headphone bandwagon these days, it's still hard to compare value at the top end (just like how you would argue whether a Lamborghini worth $500k is 10x better than a Mercedes costing $50k). But if I had a thousand bucks and was looking for a headphone to keep for the rest of my life, this would be it. Audio technology can improve, but our ears won't evolve that fast (takes millions of years people, and we don't even need super sensitive hearing unlike in the past where predators hunted humans in jungles). I foresee myself enjoying my music with these pair of headphones for the next 40 years or so, depending on how long i live and how fast my hearing deteriorates.

1) Before you blow a couple of thousand dollars on a headphone and a fancy DAC+Amp, please go and audition them at a store near you. Unless you're too rich and you don't even care then feel free to send an Audeze LCD3 my way :).

By John Shuy on December 19, 2014


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Lighter than many of its competitors at this price point, and with imaging and balanced frequency response that is difficult to best, the HD800 is an intersection of many fabulous qualities.

By Robert on January 3, 2015


found this helpful.

Great value for great headphone

I have been watching for this headphone for a while.
I finally got this from SonicElectronix when it was conducting a mystery sale for headphone.

This headphone has been highly praised in audiophile world.
My first impression with this headphone is, it present the
music in clear layers, you can almost locate all the instruments in the music.
Sound is transparent and clear.
It is light weight and comfort when put on my head.
I really like it a lot.

By gto88 on December 21, 2015 checkmarkIcon Verified purchase


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