Sennheiser HD 800S Studio Professional Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

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Model: 506911 UPC: 615104273009 Item: 166395

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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.

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

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.

Absorber technology of the HD 800 S

The enhanced sound reproduction of the HD 800 S is achieved through the addition of the innovative absorber technology that was pioneered in the Sennheiser IE 800 – a breakthrough that preserved the audibility of very high frequency sounds by eliminating a phenomenon known as the “masking effect”, where the human hear struggles to hear frequencies of sound when lower frequencies of a higher volume occur at the same time. By absorbing the energy of the resonance, Sennheiser’s patented absorber technology prevents any unwanted peaks and allows all frequency components – even the finest nuances – in the music material to become audible. This innovation was a key element in making the IE 800 the world’s best sounding in ear headphone, and in the HD 800 S it helps to bring even greater purity and precision.

Such enhancements build on the formidable achievements of the classic, with the 56mm sound transducer – the largest ever used in dynamic headphones. The unique ear cup design directs sound waves to the ear at a slight angle to create an impressively natural and spatial listening experience.

While much appears the same, the enhanced performance within is revealed by a distinctive new look, with the silver finish of the 2009 classic HD 800 making way for high-class matte black for the HD 800 S.

HD 800S Professional Studio Over-Ear Headphones Features:

  • Further optimized 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

  • 2 year warranty



  • Color: Black
  • Wearing style: Headband
  • Impedance: 300 Ω
  • Audio-XLR connector: XLR4
  • 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

What's in the Box

  • Over-the-ear audiophile headphones
  • 11.5' Cable with 1/4" plug (attached)
  • 11.25' Balanced cable with 4.4mm balanced plug
  • USB Flash Drive (manual)
  • Instruction Manual



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Customer Reviews for Sennheiser HD 800S Studio Professional Over-Ear Headphones (Black)

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Rated 5 out of 5
Amazing cans
Very transparent headphones for listening to many different genres. I've listened to hours on these and they're amazing headphones, the best I've ever had. Once you try them, you won't go back to cheap headphones.
December 27, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Mixing and Audiophile Headphones
These headphones are a huge improvement over my old AKG headphones. The treble is much more tame and is less fatiguing when mixing or listening for hours. Bass is very clear and crisp. They translate well when mixing between studio speakers and HD 800 S (good for mixing late at night).

As a music transcriber, I was able to pick out the background instruments in an orchestra. They're very transparent. With my old headphones, the flutes would blend in with the strings, which made it hard to pick apart. It was a joy to be able to hear them distinctly. The choirs are simply out of this world.

These headphones are also comfortable to wear, although they are slightly on the heavier side due to larger cups.

The earcup is very spacious, so it's a bit daunting to find the right position compared to many other headphones. I have an average-sized head. So for me, it's 5 clicks out when adjusting the cups vertically so that the "L" and "R" is centered around the middle of my ears. However, you can change the sound signature by adjusting it vertically as well as moving the headphones forward or backward. A lot of headphones have only one sound signature. This has multiple sound signatures depending on adjustment if you want to listen to your music in a new light. That makes it fun.

One thing that I don't see much support for is the 4.4mm pentaconn connection. They're aren't that many amps that support it. HDV 820 amp is Sennheiser's flagship headphone amp, but is too pricey for me to justify it.

I highly recommend these headphones to professionals and audiophiles as a supplement to your speakers.
December 19, 2021


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