Sennheiser HD 800 S Review – Price is Not for the Faint of Heart

When you look at the Sennheiser HD 800 S, you might immediately be drawn as to how it looks and hope that what’s in your wallet can handle the weight of the price you have to pay in order to bring it home. However, one look at said price tag might make you shy away from it and hope that one day you can purchase it without any regrets. Why? Because this headphone is easily Sennheiser’s most expensive pair that you can buy off the shelf. Of course, there’s the company’s own Orpheus HE1060 which does cost roughly 15-times than this one, but that can’t be purchased easily from a store.

Sennheiser HD 800 S Review - Price is Not for the Faint of Heart

The Sennheiser HD 800 S Brings You One of the Best Audio Performances That Money Can Buy

The Sennheiser HD 800 S is a take on the classic HD 800, and it has an audio performance that smooths off the treble, albeit only slightly. What it can offer is a precise-yet-sharp treble that does make the original model a more challenging (but still top-of-the-line) pair of headphones. What this newer variant offers is a more relaxing audio performance.

In terms of design, the comparison between the HD 800 S and the HD 800 continues as the newer model retains the look of the original. However, it now swaps out the silver frame of the original unit for a black one. There is also a slight hint of a modern geometry that makes it a proud pair of headphones fit for the present and future. In short, it rejects the traditional headphone design in almost every way you look at it.

For the most part, this futuristic design is for looks, but it does have a slight effect in terms of comfort as well. The padding found on the device is quite conservative for such a large pair of headphones. Therefore, they do not poke out to the side of your head as compared to what you can experience with the Grado PS1000. Hence, it does promote extreme levels of comfort, so you can wear this pair without any sign of discomfort for long listening sessions.

The Sennheiser HD 800 S has an “open” design, and this is the lead benefit of the unit. Hence, there is very little evidence of sound being constrained inside your head as you would feel that the audio is floating all around you. While the pricier Orpheus has a meatier bass performance, the HD 800 S offers a sound formula that you would not image anyone disliking. It is superb in just every which way, and perhaps the only issue about it is the mids. But above everything else, this is a pair of headphones that is worth every penny you would spend on it, and that’s a lot of pennies to spend.


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