Conclusion: Lighter than many of its competitors at this price point, and with imaging and balanced frequency response that is difficult to best, the HD800 is an intersection of many fabulous qualities.
Conclusion: Quite honestly if you're looking at buying these headphones, you probably know exactly what you're getting into. I'm not going to go into great detail on them as there are reviews out there that do a much better job than I could ever do, but I'll just briefly state some of my thoughts on them.
John Shuy from Charlottesville, VA, Sonic Electronix
19 December 2014
Conclusion: I'm a previous owner of the Sennheiser HD700, and I finally decided to upgrade to the Sennheiser HD800 a few weeks ago. Even though purchasing these headphones might automatically lend you an 'audiophile' air, I do not consider myself as such, as I dislike the jargon used by some of them.
Summary: Have never spent this much on a pair of "cans" before so I truly was in the dark about the elite side of the headphone world. Absolute comfort at first try on ..they are light and a really nice fit.
Pros: The sound....the SOUND!!!!
Cons: Beware fellow humanoids. Simple hardware will not justify the means of these uncanny cans so make sure you have the POWER to make them shimmer and shake.
Summary: As a long time owner of the Sennheiser HD600, I have been looking to upgrade to the HD800s over the last six months. Considered to be in the top 3 of the very best headphones, I was expecting a lot, and they have delivered on every front. The musical presentation is second to none.
Pros: One of the very best headphones in the world, for a terrific price, backed by the reputations of both Sennheiser and Crutchfield
Summary: The Sennheiser HD 800 headphones are far and away the best headphones I have ever heard. The clarity is superb. I have never heard headphones with a sound stage like this. I can close my eyes and point to any instrument in the orchestra. There is no distortion.
Pros: Comfortable to wear, rich sound, great sound stage.
Summary: These are by a large margin the best sounding headphones that I have listened to, and the most comfortable into the bargain. My recent comparisons are to the Audeze LCD2 and the HiFiMan HE-400, and the Sennhesier is simply worlds better in every way.