That the difference in price between the original and the ‘S’ is only around £100 seems to reinforce this impression. Equipments used in this review: Sennheiser HDVD800, Sennheiser HD800, Sennheiser HD800S, Hifiman HE1000 , Questyle CMA800 R Amp, Violetric V850 Dac, Violectric V280 Amp, SilverFi Reference-1 Cable With the HD 800 S, Sennheiser retains the look of the original, but swaps out the silver frame of the HD 800 for a black one. You can’t go wrong with either, but the Sennheiser HD 800 S is by far the more accessible of the two, if – ultimately – also slightly more ordinary. Shares. Rating: 9.0. If the HD 800 is an uncompromising genius, brilliant but awkward, the HD 800 S is just as smart but knows it isn’t always a good idea to talk about chess theory at parties. As said, the Crack is just sitting unfinished in a box atm. Sennheiser HD 800S reviews, pros and cons, Amazon price history. Please refresh the page and try again. Freed from the sometimes piercing high end of the HD800, it’s easy to enjoy the HD800S’s impressive soundstage (or “ headstage ”), which is arguably the widest and deepest of any set of cans currently available. They’re not flat-out better than the long-standing HD 800. Compared with most rivals around the same price, such as the Oppo PM-1 and Audeze LCD-3, the Sennhesier HD 800 S headphones sound very large, very epic. And they aren’t overtly showy in the way some rivals can be. I’m not at all suggesting that these are bass-skewed headphones, though. Sign up below to get the latest from What Hi-Fi?, plus exclusive special offers, direct to your inbox! The standard cable is 3 metres long, ending in a 6.35mm jack. Richard Barclay. Equipment used for review: Sennheiser HD660S, HD650, HD600, Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro, iFi iPurifier2, Audio-GD Master 9, Audeze LCD-4, FiiO X3 MKIII, HeadAmp Pico & Pico Power Original review posted Here. Sennheiser is committed to providing audio solutions to help you live, work, learn, communicate, collaborate, and create in a world of constant change. If you have a spare £36,000 and want a reference pair of headphones, Sennheiser will happily sell you its outlandish Orpheus complete with partnering DAC/amp. Their headphones' weight of 330g is pretty light for this type of product, and the wonderful design of the headband and earpads means these are among the most comfortable full-size headphones we’ve tried. There is no financial gain to Headfonia for publishing this review. The HD800S performance … It’s all kept under control without sounding sterile. Friday, July 29, 2016. headphones. No, we haven’t forgotten about the £30,000 Sennheisers Orpheus HE1060, which cost a “small” fortune, but they can’t be found on the high street. Impression: First of all I have to say that the HD800 is a bit brighter than the HD800S. Although many people will have doubts about spending so much money on a pair of headphones, if sound quality is your main priority, then you should consider that you’d need to spend around 10 times as much on speakers to get anywhere near the Sennheisers’ insight and resolution. The Sennheiser HD 800 S are obviously not for everyone. This appears to be a result of the positive side-effects of Sennheiser’s obsession with dynamic drivers, which it uses in virtually all of its in-ear and full-sized headphones. ... - The HD800S is the flagship one and has another approach. We think Sennheiser has got the tonality of these just right, leaving instruments sounding full-bodied and convincing. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, We check over 130 million products every day for the best prices.