The Sennheiser HD 800 S are excellent sounding reference headphones. They're comfortable and have a sturdy, durable build. However, they're not the most versatile. They're not designed for commutes or to use casually, but plugged into an amp, they deliver an exceptional listening experience.
- Excellent audio reproduction.
- Sturdy, durable build quality.
- Comfortable design.
- Can only be used in a well-isolated room.
- Sensitive to ambient noise.
- Bulky and heavy.
The HD 800 S are well-crafted, comfortable critical listening headphones. They feel sturdy and use a lot of metal to strengthen their build. The large, open ear cups are coated with a suede-like padding that feels good on the skin and promotes long listening sessions. However, they're not casual headphones. They're bulky, heavy and not designed to use outdoors or while doing any physical activity.
The HD 800 S are studio headphones, and it shows in their design. The massive open back ear cups and headband are reinforced with metal and padded with a suede-like material which makes these headphones look and feel premium. They may be a little too bulky to be worn on a daily commute but are stylish studio headsets that would look great on a stand by your amplifier.
The HD 800 S deliver a comfortable listening experience. The large ear cups easily fit around most if not all ears and are well padded with a suede-like material that feels good on the skin. Sadly, these headphones are a little heavy, and the ear cups may be too big for some.
These headphones are not designed for use during sports or physical activities. They easily slide off your ears when running or jumping. However, they will maintain their position during casual listening sessions even when tilting your head. The cable is detachable but takes a lot of force and may damage the headphones if violently removed, which slightly reduces their stability score.
The HD 800s are big and bulky headphones that do not fold into a more compact format for transport. They're not designed to be portable, and will take up a lot of space in a backpack and would barely fit in a regular handbag. The box they come in can be used as a substitute for a case. Unfortunately, it's far too large and cumbersome for regular use.
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These headphones are not meant to isolate listeners. The open-back ear cups encourages leakage, to improve sound quality. Unfortunately, this means they are not studio recording or casual headphones, and they will disturb anyone around you, with their loud, unobstructed leakage. They also don't block any noise, which makes them practically unusable outside of a well-isolated room.
Poor isolation. These headphones are very open and do not isolate well. The overall amount of isolation in bass and mid regions is virtually 0. In the treble range, these headphones fail to achieve more than 9dB of isolation which is very poor.
Poor leakage. With "Overall Leakage" of 59.08dB, these are one of the loudest headphones we have measured so far. The significant portion of the leakage is between 200Hz and 20KHz, which is extremely broad. These are not designed to be used in public, for recording, or in loud environments.
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In the box
- Sennheiser HD 800 S Headphones
- 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter
- Audio cable (x2)
- Carrying pouch
- USB memory drive