headphones

Sennheiser HD 800 Headphones Review

$1,799.95
Advertisement

Tour & Design

{{article.attachments['tour.jpg']}} Tour & Design  

{{article.attachments['sennheiser_hd-800.jpg']}}

• Sturdy design.

• Look great, albeit a bit sci-fi.

{{article.attachments['left.jpg']}} Introduction Page 2 of 12 Sound Quality {{article.attachments['right.jpg']}}

**

Tour**


The HD 800s are the latest $1400 hype-machines to stir up the headphone industry.



The HD 800s are a lot less imposing in person.

 

The HD 800s have semi-open backs, which create an open soundstage. See the light grey part in between the black plastic bits? The one that's catching the most light? That's actually a soft, mesh-like material. Bet you didn't know that (if you did, email us to claim your reward from this foolhardy bet).

The cups can also twist around very slightly.



The ear cups are huge, even for a set of over-ears.

The HD 800s' band is made of metal and features a good deal of padding on its underside. The band is extendible.



Before reading this caption, were you aware the above image

looks kind of like a smiling Sanrio frog?


The HD 800s feature a removeable cable, which plugs into the undersides of the headphones.



This is where you plug the cable in.







Enhance.

The cable is about 11 feet long, and ends in a 1/4-inch jack that's really a lot longer than it needs to be.

cord.jpg

 

 

Below is proof we love playing dressup with our testing robot, HATS. This is what the headphones will look like on your head. Literally. The headphones look so futuristic they will actually transform you into a sophisticated robot, stripping you of virtually all semblance of humanity.



These headphones look like proximity mines, but do not behave like them.

 

In The Box


There isn't much in the HD 800s' macabre sepulchre except for the headphones themselves and a strong sense of foreboding. We would've expected them to come with a 1/4-to-1/8-inch adapter or a Dracula, but they sadly come with neither.



What a terrible night to have a curse.

 

**Durability**     (*9.03**)*


The HD 800s seem to be a sturdy set of headphones. Their cable and cup padding are removeable, which is nice, since those are the two parts that break down the fastest. The semi-open backs might let some dust in, but it's probably nothing a little canned air can't fix.

 

**Aesthetics**     (8*.0**)*


Although we're going to make fun of the HD 800s throughout this review for looking kind of faux-futuristic, we don't necessarily think they look bad. They look like you spent $1400 on the latest, greatest headphones. They have a clean design and look incredibly cool just sitting by themselves. Once you put them on, they might make you look a bit silly to laypeople, but rest assured: even though your friends will think you look like a space marine, nobody who knows headphones will make the same mistake.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Sennheiser HD 800, take a look at these other headphones.

Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Sound Quality
  3. Isolation
  4. Comfort
  5. Usability
  6. Sennheiser HD 650 Comparison
  7. Audio Technica ATH W5000 Comparison
  8. Denon AH NC732 Comparison
  9. Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Comparison
  10. Conclusion

News and Features

Hpi beyerdynamic custom one pro hero2

2014 Best of Year Headphone Awards

Bass-heavy bruisers and audiophile 'phones duke it out.

Jarre hero 4

Bone Skulls and Harmony: Check Out These French Speakers

If you thought you'd seen every iPhone speaker under the sun, French designer Jarre says you're wrong.

Panasonic technics c700 systems hero

Technics Is Back. Audiophiles, Rejoice!

Panasonic is reviving the storied brand.

Jabra sport wireless heartrate bud

Jabra Puts a Personal Trainer In Your Ears

No monthly fee necessary.

Philips hue hero 350 2

Philips Goes All-In on the Connected Home at IFA

Hue lamps, baby monitors, Spotify-connected speakers, and more

Sony ht st5 hero

Sony Audio Announcements: Tiny Hi-Fi Walkman and More

Fall lineup to include a waterproof headset, high-res over-ears, sound bars, and more

Ifa home hero

What to Expect at IFA 2014: TVs & Home Theater

This September, Berlin is the promised land for tech geeks.

Sonystore 350px

Sony to Close 65 Percent of Its U.S. Retail Stores

Retail sphere continues to degrade as Sony sheds 1,000 employees.