Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic Over-Ear Headphones Review

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0/5 on August 1, 2016 Reviewed by: Peter Alexander

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  • Astonishing sound quality
  • Amazing craftsmanship
  • Super comfort
  • Exceptional clarity
  • Monstrous soundstage
  • Best midrange you can get


  • Price


The HD 800 are a pure perfection: their sound, design, build quality – all justify their price of well over $1000 and make us wish that we wouldn’t have to say our goodbyes to them after finishing this review. If you are in a position when you can afford the best the world of headphones has to offer, please, do yourself a favor and buy them.

According to Sennheiser, the story of the Sennheiser HD 800 began with a dream of developing headphones that go way beyond conventional equipment. To achieve it, the company had to develop a completely new transducer, using the very finest of materials. The result is called Sennheiser HD 800: a culmination of over 60 years of passion for perfect sound. Continue reading if you are curious to find out how such premium product sounds like.

Design and build quality

In the design of the HD 800, the open design has been combined with the angled placement of the transducers to deliver a wide and open spatial presentation. The earcups are supported by a headband that consists of a sandwich design in which a metal layer is covered with several layers of plastic. Sennheiser says that the high-tech plastic possesses incredible attenuation characteristics and ensures that oscillations are not transmitted to the headphone mountings.

The earpads are made of a special microfiber fabric that is comfortable to wear and easy to maintain. It’s because of these amazing earpads and comfortable headband that you never notice the relatively high weight of the headphones. The clamping force is adjusted for comfortable music listening at home.

Of course, the overall audio quality is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. That’s why the symmetrical cords are designed with twin-core, high-performance, insulated connections on each side. The jacks are exclusively produced for the HD 800 in Switzerland and have a very low transfer resistance. Their fit and finish is exceptional, and the act of plugging them into your home audio system is an experience worth having.

Sound quality

Sennheiser went the extra mile to design a completely new ring-shaped transducer. The wound precision wire that makes up the coil is only 42 micrometers thick and consists of 3.5 layers of wire in a total of 98 windings. This makes it possible to transmits in a frequency band from 8 Hz–50 kHz

Describing the soundstage as “wide” would be a sinful understatement. It’s so large that it will easily take you out of your head and allow you to slowly drift back to earth only when the last song of the album you’ve decided to play finishes.

The sound is exceptionally neutral and detailed. Forget low-bitrate mp3s and badly mixed tapes. Your time will be spent online searching for the best-produced albums in existence. Music mixed for mainstream headphones will sound thin, void of detail, and cheaply made.

What’s in the box?

The luxurious cloth-padded box contains a long braided cord, and the headphones themselves.

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