Sennheiser HD 800 Open-back Audiophile and Reference Headphones

Open-backed Reference Headphones with Large Transducers, Detachable Cable, and Storage Case
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What defines "ultimate?" It's all about the experience. And, when you experience sound through Sennheiser's premium HD 800 headphones, you'll understand just what "ultimate" means. You won't believe how clear, realistic, and downright dimensional your audio source sounds when you put these on. Sennheiser built the hand-assembled HD 800 headphones to exacting standards, and the results are nothing short of breathtaking. From the large transducers to the ultra-comfortable fit, these headphones are made to give you the best performance you could ever ask for... and more.

When you demand the best, you don't start small. Neither did Sennheiser. They built the HD 800 headphones using very large transducers and an around-the-ear, open-backed earcup design. The result? Amazingly open, dynamic, and spacious sound you won't believe is coming from headphones. The quality extends to the comfortable headband (with its super-comfortable fit) and the specially tuned, detachable cable. Your search for the ultimate headphone ends here!

Sennheiser HD 800 Open-backed Reference Headphones Features at a Glance:
  • Reference class wired stereo headphones
  • Open, around-the-ear, dynamic stereo headphones
  • Natural hearing experience - realistic and natural sound field with minimal resonance
  • Large transducers, innovative dynamic transducer design
  • Open earcups facilitate transparent sound while showcasing cutting-edge design
  • Metal headband with inner-damping element
  • Specially tuned symmetrical, impedance matching cable with low capacitance
  • Precision headphone connectors with detachable cable
  • Rugged, reliable construction
  • 2-year warranty
Put on Sennheiser's HD 800 headphones and prepare for an amazing listening experience!

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Tech Specs

Open/Closed Open
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Frequency Response 6Hz-51kHz
Impedance 300 ohms
Cable Type Straight
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 9.8'
Plug Size 1/4"
Weight .58 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 500319

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The Holy Grail

All professional engineers will tell you "it's not about the gear, it's about the engineer." While I agree with that statement, I'm going to make an exception for this particular piece of equipment. In the last decade there have only been a few instances where I've noticed a big difference in my end product because of a piece of equipment. Immediately after receiving my Sennheiser HD800 headphones I noticed a big improvement in my mixing. What they did was show me in detail all the imperfections in what I thought was a deliverable mix. The headphones reveal a relationship between the frequencies that no other listening medium has provided me before. The headphones reveal overbearing lows, "honky" mids, and ear piercing high frequencies. This "no BS" transparency allows you to make decisions in your mix that will ensure there is great translation between listening environments. As of now, I only have to make 1 trip for the infamous car test! In short, if your mixes sounding great on these, they'll generally sound great anywhere else you play themI've always been a fan of Sennheiser's passion for audio with perfection being their end game. The HD800's are no exception to their flawless track record. In short: If you're serious about mixing, invest in these amazing cans - you won't regret it!
Music background: Lifetime Musician, Producer, Mix/Mastering Engineer


This is much better than HD650 and Shure's SRH1840. I've used Beyerdynamic's T1 as well. Shure SRH1840 beats T1 and H650. HD800 totally wins SRH1840 in every aspects. I highly recommend HD800 if you're looking for a professional reference headphone for monitoring, mixing, and mastering. HD800 is designed by a genius.
Music background: Composer / Producer / Multi-instrumentalist

Fantastic Headphones!

These are fantastic. My previous headphones were a $450 pair of Ultrasone headphones, the Sennheiser blows them away. I mainly use them to learn Randy Rhoads songs from the Tribute album. If you don't know, this is a live album released after he died. I can hear exactly what he's doing, every subtle pick scrape and harmonic. For my purposes these are it! Thank you Sennheiser.
Music background: Randy Rhoads Freak


These headphones are great. I just got them and am still breaking them in. That is a must with these bad boys. They are literally like wearing a 5 in woofer on yoour ear with all the sonic capabilities of a full surround system. I noticed that at first they dont sound as good as they will when they have had some sound pushed through them for awhile. They sound like they are held back a bit. A solid pre amp is a MUST for these to get the full sound .. ALL in ALL i recommend
Music background: DJ/Producer


I am really happy with my new HD800 phones, they sound great with the right amp. The service was outstanding and with the 3 easy payment plan I was able to get them much sooner. A++ all around
Music background: Audio
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