Headphones and Earphones

Sennheiser HD-800 Headphones


Sennheiser HD-800 Headphones


2009 is a good time to be a headphone fan. The supply of high-end headphones is exploding. At the head of the pack is the new Sennheiser HD-800. This is a cost-no-object assault on the state of the art in headphone listening. They are more than twice as expensive as Sennheiser’s previous top of the line, the HD-650. As I mentioned in my recent review of the Denon AH-D7000s, headphones are guaranteed to produce the highest sound quality for the least money. Even these rather expensive cans are the price of a very modest pair of floorstanding loudspeakers. To cut to the chase, these things deliver. If you’re looking for the best in headphones, these should be at the top of your audition list.


  • Design: Dynamic, Open, Over the Ear
  • MFR: 14 Hz - 44.1 kHz ± 3 dB
  • Max SPL: 102 dB @ 1 kHz
  • THD+N: 0.02%
  • Nominal Impedance: 300 Ohms
  • Weight: 9.2 Ounces without Cable
  • MSRP: $1,399 USA