Summary: Expected very much from these headphones. Fantastic reviews all over the place. Well, when I first received them I noticed that the "magnesium"-hi-tech finish was just cheap grey/silver painted plastic! And not to any higher degree of quality either. The nets surrounding the outside of the earcup was easily bent by the touch. It didn't start well. I put them on my head and noticed how comfortable they were.
Summary: I use Sennheiser HD800 together with Musical Fidelity M1 HPA headphone amp. The soundquality is amazing, the best I have heard in a headphone. The sound is very rich and clear with great dynamic. But the comfort is very bad. The headband is very hard and uncomfortabel. It pressed uncomfortably on my head so I forget how good it sounds. Nor the earpads are not very comfortabel. I bought the headphone by mail order.
Summary: I have listened to the HD800 twice, and I never really warmed up to it. Its clarity and resolution sounds artificial to me instead of natural (a spike in the upper mids region), and it has no authority in the sub-bass region. I'm one of those people who simply cannot consider a pair of headphones to be "amazing" or "the best of" if it's lacking neutrality in a chunk of the frequency range.
Pros: Comfortable, detailed, big soundstage
Cons: Artificial sounding, anemic in the bass, can be too bright, overpriced
Summary: Simply said, I'm so enthralled by the purity of their reproduction, that I have bought a second pair of these sublime state-of-the-art headphones. Despite being obviously large and expensive, they are truly the model of excellence and absolute sound. Nothing - and I really mean 'nothing' - can be said against these headphones. However, be warned: They are for the discriminating audiophile who seeks absolute perfection without the slightest coloration whatsoever.
Pros: Comfortable, Good Bass, Great Sound, Stylish
Summary: Hi there,
This review is based on my honest impressions of the HD800. I have no technical background little technical knowledge but I listen to music an awful lot. This comes from the heart and I in no way intend to cause any personal offence to any of the gear anyone else has. I simply wish to put on record what my personal findings have been on this set of phones and the reader can compare to other reviews out there.
Pros: Accuracy Comfort
Cons: Price- First hours of listening were a little worrying
Summary: Let's start with my long love for all things Senn, from my first hd545, to hd600, not so much the hd650, but back again with the he60 (electrostat) and now the hd800.
The search for amps started with a balanced Bijou, where I thought a tube amp would be just the ticket with a SS source (Cambridge 840c), but, not quite. I also tried them balanced with a Little Dot Mark IV... just wasn't quite there.
Summary: I'm going to borrow a quote from jpelg who sumed them up nicer than I can in one of the meet threads:
After finally hearing the HD800's (both balanced & SE), I can understand the varied impressions that resulted from these this past year. They are quite the chameleon, sharing qualities with the venerable HD650, as well as electrostats. Again, the reference quality is clearly evident, and they are very sensitive to changes in associated gear.
Pros: Huge soundstage, high speed, great with all types of music. Very comfortable.
Cons: Very picky about source and amp. Cable is arguably poor, so overall expensive to get the best results from. The painted plastic frame is a bit tacky.
Summary: REVIEW: Sennheiser HD 800Overview
Reviewing a statement product is tough – especially one that was as highly anticipated as the HD800. There is already a huge buzz on head-fi about them, and many have already declared them the best dynamic headphone on the market. But most of these proclamations have been from owners, One potential difference between my listening to the HD800 and other people's so far is that I am fortunate to have been loaned a pair for a fairly lengthy...
Pros: A world-class high-end headphone from Sennheiser
Summary: An expensive, technically proficient headphone that has no soul. Does mate well with the Luxman P-1 or P1-u, but at that point, why not go electrostatic, which is what these are trying to be in the first place. Kudos to Senn for innovation, but these are just too steely for my tastes.