Summary: The HD 800 is a delight, a ticket to a stratospheric stereo experience - fairly neutral, with maybe a smidgeon more emphasis on the highs than the lows, and will woo you with tonal accuracy and soundstage rather than cheap (read boomy) thrills. However, given the rather astronomical price tag, and the fact that like most passive speakers, they need an amp and a quality source before they begin to justify their asking price, to say they're not for most people would be the...
Pros: Excellent sounding and very resolving, Comfortable to wear - important for this grade of headphone, Detachable cable eases aftermarket cable mods, Is surprisingly forgiving on mediocre sources
Cons: Requires good amplification, Will not sound its best without a high quality source, Did we mention they're uber expensive?
Summary: These Sennheiser HD800s look a tad ‘conventional’ at first glance, but they’re very far from being ordinary cans. For starters, they use Sennheiser’s most advanced driver tech, a larger-than-usual 56mm diaphragm and a stainless-steel transducer. They’re also unusual in that they work by directing the sound into your ear at an angle – more like having a pair of speakers strapped to your bonce, in other words.